40M Bobtail Preparation Time

The tall grass and weeds are now just starting to get dried out – so its time to weed whack. I have an Echo unit that is great for uneven and tricky places, but I also have several areas with enough flat surface to justify renting – one of these bad boys. I see you can get one for $300 – so it might…

4 Element 40M Bruce – YES!

The more I think about the 4 element Bruce, the more I realize that its the right antenna . . . I re-read Rudy’s article and he says that the Bruce is more broad banded – that the Bobtail and Half Square have a very sharp SWR curve. The last thing I need to consider is that the third element comes within 10′ of…

Dipole vs. Bobtail, Pliny and the KWS-1

Last night I came home from work and it was so beautiful out that I sat out on the deck looking at where I can put antennas and what kinds of 40M antennas I could put up. I had a pint of Pliny the Elder, something I haven’t had for a couple of years, and yes, it was very good. A 40M dipole up…

40M Bobtail Curtain or Bust!

Bouvet is most definitely in the path of the new Bobtail Curtain Tromelin – and maybe even Glorioso could happen on the NW path I remember an avid DXer told me that there is a special path where you can work towards the French islands near Madagascar towards my NW. This does seem to be the case, and so that gives me even more…

The Creekside Bobtail: Part 2

The 40M Bobtail will be perfectly aimed for Bouvet Island Elevating the antenna 10′ offers a lower takeoff angle and makes it easier to install hanging from 2 trees that can support the height It just so happens that I have two trees where I could get the Bobtail up off the ground about 10′. Switching to all wire elements changes the geometry a…

Next KY6R Antenna: 40M Bobtail Curtain!

After our rainy season (and we have had a pretty rainy winter due to El Nino), and when things dry out and the tick infestation goes away (they love the green wet grass – especially in April), I will try a full sized Bobtail Curtain. I played with the dimensions for 7.150 mhz, and came up with A being 35′ and B being 34′…