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…

uRAT Redux?

The Collins 180-S1 Antenna Coupler I received an eBay $50 coupon – so I applied it to purchasing this antenna coupler – for less than $300, which is a great deal. One – in collectors condition is selling for $800 – and another for $500 – believe it or not. My use is the farthest from a collectors use. Because it uses a vacuum…

Why I Decided to Buy an UrbanBeam

Animated Model by Dan, AC6LA For quite a few years I have stayed away from SteppIR antennas. I actually had the 2 element yagi back in 2006, but started reading about problems with the Stepper motors or other associated hardware. I sold it and swore I’d only stick to aluminum because I could fix anything if it went wrong – and fix it very…

The Open Source “u.RAT” Project Repo

I never blogged about my u.RAT code repo on Github because no one (except Elecraft) seemed interested. But if you want to see the code and play with it, here is the Repo: https://github.com/rholoch/urat Its written in C = old school Kernighan and Ritchie – hi hi