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True Ladder Line and Wire Antennas

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Keeping the mis-named "Ladder Line" terminology alive in December CQ Magazine.

Author R. Scott Rought, KA8SMA has an article in the December issue of QST.The title of the article is "IMPROVING QRP STATION EFFICIENCY", "The Wonders of Ladder Line. The only problem is, there's no ladder line pictured in the article!I see some of the old-fashioned twinlead as well as 450 ohm WINDOW LINE. I have [...]

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Proper Tension For Dipole Installation & Using a Counterweight System

How much tension should I tighten the flat top to? In other words, "should I really tighten up the ends as much as possible?" The answer is "NO"! I occasionally have a customer that will email or call and tell me that the antenna has failed and the wire has broken near the center feedpoint. This is not [...]

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WB2JIX Gives Ladder Line Presentation at Falmouth Amateur Radio Assoc. Meeting

WOW! What a well-attended club meeting and wonderful people. My wife & I took a trip to Falmouth as a three day weekend and really enjoyed ourselves. We estimated 60-75 members in attendance. The presentation has been expanded a bit from the one I initially created for the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) club [...]

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WB2JIX Will Be Speaking at Boxboro ARRL New England Convention

Come visit us at the ARRL Boxboro Convention on the weekend of September 9, 10 & 11 at the Holiday Inn Boxboro Woods.I will join Steve Kercel, AA4AK & Jacques Audet,  VE2AZX at 10:00AM on September 11th in the Forum Room.Link to Convention site

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Proper Ladder Feedline Splicing

I'm sure there are dozens of ways to do this however, this is what I've done for years and decided to post a few pic's for people that ask how it's done.When I have to add feedline back in for tuning purposes, I strip each end, apply a little flux, twist the pair and solder [...]

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Helping Others Less Fortunate Than Ourselves

I just finished responding to an email from a customer that thanked me for providing a work environment for some people that have learning and physical disabilities. I thought it would make a nice, short blog post to share with you. The clients that build the ladder line, antennas and pack & ship everything for [...]

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Antenna and wire strength concerns

From time to time, I receive an email concerning the strength of the antenna wire and why we use 16ga wire. There is one post on eHam by a ham that obviously didn't do a very good install and complained about the strength of the wire. As the saying goes, "one bad apple...." When there [...]

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ARRL & QST present "The Doctor Is In" podcast on Open Wire Feed Line

The May podcast of ARRL & QST "The Doctor Is In" is now posted on Apple iTunes.Steve Ford, WB8IMY and Joel Hallas, W1ZR, discuss the virtues of 600 ohm open wire line or true ladder line -vs- the 450 ohm window line. Listen to the roughly 20 minute podcast to gain a bit of knowledge [...]

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Vermont Hamfest Ham-Con 2016 Joel Hallas W1ZR Multi-Band Antenna Video

I'll write more when I have a chance. Joel Hallas, W1ZR, put on a one hour forum on multi-band wire antennas.This took place at our Ham-Con flea market in South Burlington, Vermont on February 27th, 2016.

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Make your own Ladder Line with Ladder Snap Kit Spreaders or Purchase Ready Made?

If you price out a 73CNC 100' spreader kit, it's $29.99 plus $6.85 shipping for a total of about $37.Purchase 200' #14 THHN by the foot for about $.25/ft will be $50, plus tax, depending upon your state.The total is about $87 to $90. Then you have the assembly time and the fun of spraying [...]

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