10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

More portable QRP antenna thoughts

Harry K7ZOV left this comment on AmateurRadio.com - thought I would re-post it here (for those of you who might not visit that fine site).

"I was in TX for the holidays. I brought 2 antennas. But used only one with both my TenTec Eagle and my KX3. No counterpoise. No Ground. 20 ft of coax. Worked 80-6 with the KX3 internal ATU. Worked Cuba, South America to Canada. The West coast from the far east side of Texas and lots of States.

Check out the link for more detail. Oh and the “wire” part was only a bit over 50 ft and hanging from a tree at about 30 ft at the highest point and 10 feet at the lowest point. My favorite antenna now.. LINK: http://www.earchi.org/92011endfedfiles/Endfed6_40.pdf

For a 40 meter and 20 meter only… Here is a second link:

Have fun and 73 one and all

Harry K7ZOV"

Thanks, Harry - great links to EFHW antennas that you can buy or build.

And here's another thought - although I have never used them, I do have friends who have had great success with small magnetic loop antennas.  Not only are they great for portable ops (WGØAT uses one) but they are also great for those of you who are antenna restricted.  A friend of mine here in NJ thought his Hamming days were over when he moved into an apartment that was constructed from materials that in essence, created a live-in Faraday shield.  He started using magnetic loops and was shortly working DX again at QRP power levels from inside the apartment!          http://www.alexloop.com/

You might also want to check out the Yo-Yo-tennas that Bill WA8MEA sells - they look pretty good for taking out to the field - http://hamradiofun.com/, if you're not inclined to "roll your own".

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


Bob VE3MPG said...

Two great articles in a row about portable antennas - great stuff Larry! Really enjoyed the last couple of days reading your blog. The PAR EndFedz and the hamsticks are part of my portable antenna repertoire. All the best to you and your family in 2013 and do hope it's a better year for you.

73 Bob VE3MPG near Ottawa

Edgardo Maffía said...

I developed an endfeed tuner from 40 to 10 meters with comon components for my FT817. It tunes a 24 meter wire with the best signal in my QRP group. You can see in my website.
Edgardo Maffia LU1AR