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...

Building the 6 Meter Moxon Antenna

As the late spring and summer months heat up, six meters comes alive. Known as the Magic Band, the six meter band can be mysterious, unpredictable, and downright fun. You never quite know when the band will open and where it will take you. Every year our club’s...

Antenna Gain Explained

I’m gonna take a confusing subject and hopefully demystify it. Antenna Gain is a popular subject amongst hams. We talk about gain all the time, we’ll compare antenna systems and apply values to as how impressive they are by their gain figures. But what...