When feeding a J-Pole is obviously makes sense to install a choke balun to ensure the outside of the coax shield does not conduct energy down the coax thus degrading the antenna pattern via additional radiator area. This article nicely discusses using beads to achieve the goal:

Recently I specified some cables and connectors for an antenna system we are putting together at work. I stumbled across this…


There are some good thoughts in there and, quite obviously, some belief systems in place.

For the average ham with max power on HF and something less on bands above 50MHz the following points worth consideration include:

Do you think your insurance company and the medical vendors will handle your paperwork for you flawlessly?

Will, actually, the do a pretty good job most of the time, but…

We purchased a nice new and very quiet dishwasher last month from the Warrenton, VA. It replaced the noisiest machine I have ever heard run without flying apart to pieces. It works great.

We were promised a rebate of some small amount as part of the deal. We sent it the paperwork and, of course, Sears rejected it.

For several years I have been filming my son’s football games. I always gave a copy to the coach for review. The tapes proved so useful I became a sort of official team videographer. During this time I have collected some tips that help me provide what the coach needs. In no particular order they are:

A first grade teacher in a Maine classroom explains to her class that she is a Patriot’s fan.

I have been purchasing some used ham radio equipment from Ebay and decided to see what the Kenwood TS-2000 transceivers are going for on the used market. I discovered they are holding their value quite well… a bit too well actually.

During construction of a vertical antenna in my back yard, I wondered if the popular suggestion that ground rods are essential to good RF performance and antenna efficiency even if you have a system of radials was true.

The answer appears to be no. Visit…


…for more information.

TenTec Omni VII

A fellow wrote an excellent summary of some possible ways to control a TenTec Omni VII radio from the Internet. Here is the link…

For those of you building Elecraft Kits like the K2, KX1, etc. you should consider using these lead bending tools to form your components perfectly.

Speedy Bend Lead Formers

It took a little while to locate a source, but I finally found and purchased a set from Production Devices in California.  They are called “Speedy Bend.”