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External antenna for Wouxun handheld radios

The Chinese made Wouxun and Baofang handheld radios have become quite popular with new and experienced hams alike. The price is right, around $125 for a dual band model, and they seem to work pretty well. From my experience fit and finish are a little lacking, but for an inexpensive handheld radio you can’t complain […]

Amateur Radio Antennas for new hams

Are you a new Amateur Radio operator? Just received received your callsign and are now excited to get on the air.   Congratulations and welcome to the Amateur Radio Service! Amateur Radio is a great hobby that will offer years and years of exploration, fun, and variety. By now you’ve probably received your first catalog […]

How does antenna height affect VHF communications

Radio operators typically want to get the best performance and range out of their antenna systems. VHF and UHF  propagation is typically line of site, so the common thought to increasing range is to increase the antenna height. For the most part this works, but when you look at the numbers, you will notice an […]

Connecting an external antenna to an HT

I often receive inquiries if my antennas can be used with handheld or HT radios. The simple answer is that if your radio has a detachable antenna, then yes you can connect it to my J-Pole antennas or another style of antenna. Connecting your HT to an external antenna is a great way to extend […]

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