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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Ham Radio to the rescue

our Ham Radio hobby is still alive, here are some young kids who have created a very ingenious antenna system that can be put to use in almost any area that has a pole of some kind.

watch what they have done here.

made a bracket that goes around the pole, has a motor and some geared wheels to pull it to the top of the pole.

Instant antenna system.

https://qrznow.com/emergency-antenna...m-e-aps-wc2fd/

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 06:49 AM
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Pretty slick - Didn't see the total height of the antenna but looks like 2 meter band.

Many years ago B.G. (Before Goldwings in the stable) a buddy of mine and I went camping in the forest. He's an extra-class ham, and we took his HF rig with with us. Borrowed a small generator from work.

Had a lot of fun working the HF bands in the evenings. The antenna setup we used was laughable, but it worked. 65 feet (roughly 1/4 wave on 80 or 1/2 wave on 40 meter band) of plain old dumb wire with a rock on one end tossed way up into the tree branches. The other end attached to a short piece of coax attached to an antenna loader/tuner box and then the transceiver. For the ground on the coax a short piece of wire wrapped around a long screwdriver jammed into the dirt. Poured a little beer on the screwdriver to increase conductivity.

the 100 Watt Vacuum tube transmitter (more forgiving of high VSWR) in that rig was enough to get decent signals out of that "antenna" and we were able to work overseas stations, when our signal started to fade we'd pour a little more beer on the "ground" screwdriver!
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1972 CL-350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS-550 (1985-2005) sold
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1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
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1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 08:44 PM
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Hello denver just eanted to say hi im new on here and I'm also hame call AB0HT hope to get my 83 so i have a small all band rig on it i have a screwdriver ant to put on.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 04:09 PM
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Wow! Smart kids! That rig is great.
I'll be sharing that video with the guys in my club.


73 de N2ELC
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It's called a "Dresser".
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I keep thinking I want to get back "on the air" again, but somehow, the drive to do it, just isn't there.

I need to check my license expire date, don't want that to elapse....
Extra Class was easy 50 years ago, it won't be now.
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Odd, it does not show when I first got my license back in 1958

Licensee ID: L00268681
License Class: Amateur Extra
FRN: 0003899804
Radio Service: HA
Issue Date: 01/10/2017
Expire Date: 03/20/2027
Date of Last Change: 01/10/2017 (License Renewed)
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Extra Class is easy now that there is not a code test! K1HWA outa Crane

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