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 Cadsoft’s Eagle PCB design tool. This is a partially build board.  The upper left solder pads are for the right angle BNC connector.  The blue daughter board on the top left is the DDS (direct digital synthesis) board which generates the signal.  The little blue board to it’s right is an Arduino Pro Micro which has a micro USB jack.  To the right of that is the DC power input jack.  The big dark rectangle is the 2 line x 16 character LCD display and there are three push buttons to the right. The final version of the board will look pretty much like this. The whole design including the hardware schematics, layout, firmware and optional PC software will all be open source. Stay tuned to…

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′ counterpoise wire, PowerPole to 2.1mm DC power cable, and extra paracord and S-clips. I like using the hard plastic box to store everything at home or toss it into the car for a trip.  When on the trail, I ditch the plastic box and put accessories into a zippered case.  Then I throw the Lowe soft case with the radio and the accessory case in the backpack along with a 32-1/2′ PackTenna telescoping fiberglass mast.  The mast collapses down to only 26″ so it’s easy to strap to the side of the pack. Watch the video Get a PackTenna