Welcome to the HamRadio 360 Workbench Antenna Analyzer project page ! This is a quick glimpse at our first Workbench community build project.  This antenna analyzer was designed by our good friend Beric, K6BEZ.  The idea is to make a low cost antenna analyzer that can be battery operated and used in the field or plugged into a PC to extend it’s functionality.  This picture is the rev 1 prototype board which was designed in Cadsoft’...

For storage and travel, I put my KX2 and all essential accessories into a B&W case.  The Elecraft Lowe padded case fits nicely as well.  Inside the Lowe case is the KX2 radio, paddle, earbuds, and microphone.  The other trail essentials in the rest of the plastic case are the paracord guys, guy rings, stakes, notebook / log, PackTenna Mini 9:1 UNUN and wire antenna, 10′ RG316 or RG174 coax with BNC connectors, 13′ counterpoise ...

At this year’s Dayton Hamvention, my talk was about building simple end-fed wire antennas for portable HF ops.  These antenna designs have been around for decades and my focus is on coming up with a compact form factor that makes it easy to toss it into your backpack and hit the trail.\ You can download my presentation here… kj6vu_portable_hf_antennas

Last year I designed the PackTenna portable HF antenna system and showed it off at Dayton.  Nick, N3WG, and I made a bunch of antennas and they all sold out.  We got a lot of feedback from users and it was all very positive.  Given all that, we may make another batch later this year.  In the mean time…  we wanted to make an even smaller, SOTA friendly antenna so we came up with the idea of a “PackTenna Mini”. 20 Meter End-Fed Version The desig...

HamRadio 360 Workbench – Antenna Analyzer
Antennas , Design , Microcontrollers / August 6, 2016

Welcome to the HamRadio 360 Workbench Antenna Analyzer project page ! This is a quick glimpse at our first Workbench community build project.  This antenna analyzer was designed by our good friend Beric, K6BEZ.  The idea is to make a low cost antenna analyzer that can be battery operated and used in the field or plugged into a PC to extend it’s functionality.  This picture is the rev 1 prototype board which was designed in Cads...

KX2 Portable Case
Antennas , Design , Operating , Radios / August 6, 2016

For storage and travel, I put my KX2 and all essential accessories into a B&W case.  The Elecraft Lowe padded case fits nicely as well.  Inside the Lowe case is the KX2 radio, paddle, earbuds, and microphone.  The other trail essentials in the rest of the plastic case are the paracord guys, guy rings, stakes, notebook / log, PackTenna Mini 9:1 UNUN and wire antenna, 10′ RG316 or RG174 coax with BNC connectors, 13′ cou...

Portable HF Antennas – Think Like a Backpacker
Antennas , Operating / May 26, 2016

At this year’s Dayton Hamvention, my talk was about building simple end-fed wire antennas for portable HF ops.  These antenna designs have been around for decades and my focus is on coming up with a compact form factor that makes it easy to toss it into your backpack and hit the trail.\ You can download my presentation here… kj6vu_portable_hf_antennas

12 v Battery Box with Charger & Battery Booster
Radios / April 8, 2016

I wanted to build a fully integrated, portable, 12 V battery box for portable operations like Field Day.  When I found these Ridgid cases at Home Depot, I thought they were a convenient size, well built, looked great and were a reasonable price.  I also noticed there are clips on the sides that allows you to stack the boxes and lock them in place.  It occurred to me that I could build up a set of modular radio cases and easily stack ...

IC-7100 & PackTenna Dry Run
Radios / March 26, 2016

This weekend is the CQ WPX contest, a great opportunity to try out the IC-7100 + PackTenna portable station.  I like to throw the radio, battery case and antenna in the back of the SUV.  Then drive to the park or where ever I plan to operate, flip open the back hatch and set up to operate from the tailgate.  This pic shows the PackTenna mounted to a photo tripod. The station is an IC-7100 and LDG tuner mounted in a Ridgid tool case. ...

IC-7100 Portable Station
Radios / March 25, 2016

I wanted a good performing, do-all radio for portable operating from the car, camp site and field day.  I choose the IC-7100 because it has a good reputation for performance, lots of features, and a form factor that would work perfectly for my application.  The most common use would be to throw the radio in the back of the SUV along with a battery box and portable antenna like the PackTenna.  Head to a local park and operate off the ...

Dayton Forum: HF Antennas… Think Like a Backpacker !
Events , Operating / March 23, 2016

Dayton is around the corner and I was invited to give a talk about portable HF antennas.  The title is “Portable HF Antenna Design – Think Like a Backpacker”.  Here is the description…   Whether you operate SOTA, Field Day, or just setup in the back yard, operating portable HF radio is more popular than ever.  In this session we will apply the light weight backpacker’s approach to compact, portable antennas inc...

PackTenna Mini – SOTA Friendly Antenna
Antennas / March 22, 2016

Last year I designed the PackTenna portable HF antenna system and showed it off at Dayton.  Nick, N3WG, and I made a bunch of antennas and they all sold out.  We got a lot of feedback from users and it was all very positive.  Given all that, we may make another batch later this year.  In the mean time…  we wanted to make an even smaller, SOTA friendly antenna so we came up with the idea of a “PackTenna Mini”. 20 Meter End-Fed Version...