Tag: Ham Radio

Hustler 4BTV Cleanup & Tuning

For most of my HF traffic, I use a Hustler 4BTV antenna. The antenna is a vertical trap antenna capable of working the 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10-meter bands without using a tuner. I installed this antenna five years ago, and it has always worked fine, with a reasonable …


Telegram Propagation Bot

Telegram is an instant messaging application like iMessage, Google Chat, or WhatsApp focusing on security and privacy. I have used Telegram for this bot because Telegram provides a very extensive API allowing ...


Moxon antenna calculator

Leslie Moxon, G6XN, invented a two-element in the 1950es, named after him. Less Moxon published an article in a QST magazine from 1952 titled Two-Element Driven Arrays describing his antenna.


Building a Double Bazooka Antenna

A Double Bazooka Antenna is a broad-banded half-wave Antenna. This antenna can operate efficiently across an entire band without needing an antenna tuner. In the 1940es, the MIT staff designed and developed this antenna as a radar antenna for the military. Like a dipole, the Double Bazooka is a balanced …


Building a Dummy Load

It is often helpful to run tests and take measurements without connecting an antenna. Ham radio operators or anyone who builds or experiments with radio transmitters should have a good dummy load. Since I didn't have such a device, I decided to make one. Dummy Load In radio, a dummy …


Measure a capacitor using an oscilloscope

In my last article, I showed how to measure an inductor using a known capacitor. This method could be used to measure a capacitor using a known inductor. This post will demonstrate a better and more accurate way to measure a capacitor using an oscilloscope. Usually, a capacitor's value is …


Measure an inductance or capacitance using an oscilloscope

Resistors, inductors, and capacitors are passive components used in every electronic circuit. Usually, the value is marked on the resistor or capacitor, either as a color code or a number. Often, inductors have no markings, especially those with a ferrite core or an air core. To measure their value, professionals …


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