Rigexpert Stick 230 Antenna Analyzer Review and Operation

Rigexpert Stick 230 Antenna Analyzer Review and Operation

I’m no stranger to antenna analyzers. I’ve been using them for close to 20 years ever since I purchased an MFJ-259, and up until recently I replaced it with my Rigexpert AA-600 professional meter. The AA-600 is an excellent product, but it, along with the MFJ meter...
Build a Dipole Antenna Center Insulator

Build a Dipole Antenna Center Insulator

One of the most common and ubiquitous antennas for amateur radio is the simple dipole antenna. And for good reason‚ dipole antennas are easy to build and are proven performers. The ARRL antenna book says this about dipole antennas: The dipole is a fundamental form of...
Building an Off Center Fed (OCF) Dipole Antenna

Building an Off Center Fed (OCF) Dipole Antenna

For this year’s ARRL Field Day event I was looking to put up a homebrew antenna that was easy to construct‚ easy to deplay‚ and give me multi-band support. I settled on an 80 meter Off Center Fed Dipole antenna. Watch the video to see how I do it: The OCF or Off...

Does Snow Affect Vertical Antenna Performance

Last weekend we received one of many of the winter storms we usually get this time of year. This one dumped about 6 inches of snow on us. So when I posted a picture of my Wolf River Coil in the backyard with the snow creeping up to it‚ Andy asked the following...

W9BVX’s Helium Balloon Vertical Antenna

At the young age of 9, Bob W9BVX, visited an ARRL Field Day site with his dad and saw the most amazing thing; an HF antenna lifted into the air by a helium balloon. Ever since that day, his life’s dream was to do the same. Fast forward almost 70 years and that...