What can we learn about the Inverted Vee HF single-band antenna from the EZNEC+ model? Lots of things, having to do with height above ground, the amount of spreading, and using a metal pole as a mast. Tune in for full details!
Viewers queried me about what happens when you shorten a dipole by letting the ends hang down, or have to put up a dipole that can’t be in a straight line, and I was also curious about the effect of my aluminum masts on horizontal dipole performance. EZNEC+ to the rescue. The video shows that modified dipoles can work quite well.
How high should a dipole be? What happens if it’s too low or too high? We turn to EZNEC antenna modeling software to see that the old rule of thumb of one half wavelength is correct. But there are lots of things going on! Learn about modeling and dipoles in this video.
My second interview with coax expert Ray Nelson, N1MPD, covers how coax can go bad, primarily due to water entry. We talk about the proper method of waterproofing coax connections, and how to spot the poor quality coax that masquerades as the good stuff. MPDdigital is at www.mpddigital.us.
Description – PowerDirector15 http://goo.gl/FLPbnK. Here’s an out-of-cycle video describing the video editor I rely on heavily in the production of the Ham Radio Answers and Ask Dave videos, as well as the Tech, General, and Amateur Extra training videos. Note: I am a CyberLink “Most Valued Professional” and they provided this $100 product to me for free, as they have for the past several years. My next ham radio video will be on Wednesday as usual.
My new Rigol DG1024Z Arbitrary Function Generator, or more normally, a signal generator, looks like a great addition to my test equipment. Caveat: this is not sponsored. I paid for it using tips, and I intend to use it to make videos for you to watch. It provides sine waves and other functions up to 25 MHz. You’ll see this more in upcoming videos. If you purchase this using the following link, it won’t change your price, but a small amount will support my Ham Radio Answers channel http://amzn.to/2xnjeY9.
Roberto Arranaga, KX4CY, felt that commercial small HF loops were too expensive, so he’s made his own for sale at www.pracomm.store which has an interesting tuning method using a wide range tuner (such as the MFJs). I tried it and it works! And the price is right, too, at US$199 (introductory) plus S&H.