Category Archives: Ham Radio blog entries

Assembling the MFJ-1846 Six-Band Hex-Beam Antenna (#152)

Watch the time lapse photography as I assemble the MFJ-1846 six-band hex-beam antenna. I also explain how hex beams work. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can ask a question by clicking here. … Continue reading

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Conversation with Ray Nelson, N1MPD, Regarding Coax Connectors (#149)

Ray Nelson is one of the principles at MPD Digital (usacoax.com). I spoke with him at length about connectors for coaxial cable. Enjoy our 30-minute chat! You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can … Continue reading

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My Station Antenna, Butternut HF-9V (#79)

Here’s an answer to a question I’ve been asked many times: what’s my station antenna? The answer is a Butternut HF-9V, a ground-mounted vertical with radials. This video explores how I have my antenna set up. You can see a … Continue reading

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Unbox and Test MFJ-849 Digital SWR Meter (AD #76)

Here’s a look at an MFJ-849, a nice digital power/SWR meter that MFJ sent me. It works well and has solid quality. It also requires no button pushing to get forward and reverse power and SWR because they’re all shown … Continue reading

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2017 MARC Field Day Photos AD#75

Come enjoy Field Day with us! Here are some slides showing Montrose (Colorado) Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day event. The purpose of Field Day, held at the end of June, is to practice using our radios “in the field,” such … Continue reading

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Unbox and Test of W6LVP Receive-Only HF Loop

Here’s a great receive-only HF antenna good for stealth scenarios or just putting a receive antenna in a much quieter place. This antenna is the direct cost and performance competitor with the MFJ-1886. The W6LVP loop is better at stealth … Continue reading

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All About Baluns (Ask Dave #73)

I get lots of questions about baluns. This video explores baluns and gives demos. A balun is a device to convert a balanced transmission line to an unbalanced transmission line and vice versa. You can see a list of Ask … Continue reading

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FIXED! DEFACEMENT FIXED!

FIXED. SO MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I’ll put a video up with details. You can see a list of Ask Dave videos by clicking here. You can ask a question by clicking here. You can go to my YouTube … Continue reading

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LMR-400 Coax Cable and Connector (#72)

I’m new to Times Microwave LMR-400 coax cable, often considered the best in ham radio (and rather expensive). I purchased 500 feet for future antenna projects. Learn with me as I attach a PL-259 connector! You can see a list … Continue reading

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Review of the MFJ-1835 Cobweb Antenna (#71)

Here’s a review of the MFJ-1835H (high power) cobweb antenna. It has a very small footprint and can be a great stealth antenna. I found myself really liking it. Join me for unboxing, assembly, and testing. If you have limited … Continue reading

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