Work Day at Steve’s

Breakfast/ antenna party at N5OMK s (502 vine street in Starkville) on Saturday, 5/13, at 0830.- weather permitting.  We will cook breakfast and do a little work on Steve’s tower.  

Please email or text AD5HM if you plan to come to make sure we have plenty of food.  Get with me if you can bring paper products, juice, fruit, or something similar.  


Tape measure Yagi Antenna

Mark, KI5GIG, has an interesting project of building a Yagi antenna out of a tape measure that he’d like to share with us. Below is a link to the instructions and he will share more at the next meetings and he will have a limited number of kits to purchase at the 2022 Field Day which you can assemble at that time with assistance when needed.

Yagi Antenna

QRP End-Fed Dipole

After watching a few videos on YouTube, I’m interested in trying a QRP EFA for my uBitx.  I was initially looking toward a portable vertical, but i think I’ll like the results from the EFA better overall.

Although I’ve found one that I’d like to build as a homebrew project, I think I’m going to give the MFJ-1984LP first.  At $39.95+tax it’s not a bank breaker and it seems like a quality EFA for QRP use.  In order to support the near end, and my feedline, I’m going to put together 3 10′ sticks of PVC (1″, 3/4″, 1/2″) in a telescoping style using hitch pins to lock each section.  The holes for the pins will be about 1′ to 1-1/2′ below the top of each piece and up from the bottom of the smaller section.  My ballpark is to have this about 25′ in height once put together.

I’m still considering what to use as my permanent base for this pole, but regardless I intend to have something, at least temporary, on hand for this weekend.