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I have a few favorite interests in the radio realm:

  • Antenna Design, Modeling and Construction
  • Casual HF Contesting
  • CW and Digital Modes
  • HF Mobile Operation

I am active on 160m through 10m, and occasionally a few others.  While the sun is running QRP, I'm mostly running 160m through 20m.

Station Antennas

I have recently replaced all of my outdoor HF antennas.  The current set of antennas include:

  • A Butternut/DXE HF2V for 80m and 40m, with a homebrew loading kit for 160m.
  • An Alpha Delta DX-DD for 80m and 40m, for NVIS work.  This antenna also loads well on 160m, even though it doesn't have the 160m inductors and extensions.
  • A homebrew STL (see photos below,  at right) for 30m, 20m, and 17m.

Loop Projects

For the last few years, I have been experimenting with compact transmitting loops. The performance of these antennas has been quite good, on par with resonant vertical antennas. Many of the lessons learned from building and operating them can be found on my loops page. I have also published a project to implement an automatic tuner for these antennas, available on the AutoCap page.  Below are loop antennas for 80m through 6m.

80m/40m QRO STL20m STL (foreground); 15m STL (background)6m STLMark 7 -- 30m, 20m, 17m QRO STL

Performance Receive Antennas

Over the past year, I have been experimenting with different forms of optimized HF receive-only antennas, especially for the lower bands, where noise levels tend to be higher.  These designs have turned out to be very helpful to me when contesting on 40m, 80m, and 160m.

So far, I have tested two different families of antennas:

Such antennas can have performance comparable to long Beverage antennas, but occupy a fraction of the space.  These antennas can be deployed individually, which approximates the performance of an unterminated beverage antenna, or in phased pairs, which approximates a terminated beverage.  All of these antenna projects use untuned (nonresonant) elements, which helps to optimize the signal-to-noise ratio of the recovered signals.

I have specifically avoided working on Beverage antennas, mostly because they are well-studied devices.  I'm trying to focus on alternative designs that are less well-known, and can offer similar performance in smaller spaces.

Embedded Projects

I have enjoyed tinkering with Arduinos, and exploring how much can be done with a very inexpensive microcontroller circuit.  There are several embedded uC projects available on my site:

Commercial Licenses

A few years ago, I updated my résumé with General Phone and GMDSS commercial radio licenses.


Here are some ham links I would recommend:

Everything HF Mobile: http://k0bg.com/

Real User Reviews: http://www.eham.net/reviews/

Small Transmitting Loops: http://www.aa5tb.com/loop.html

The Broadband Hexagonal Beam: http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/hexbeam/

FlDigi Software: http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html

N3FJP Logging Suite:  http://www.n3fjp.com/

EZ-NEC: http://www.eznec.com/

4NEC2: http://www.qsl.net/4nec2/


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