- K9KMV: Parks On The Air Attempt – K-1012
- K9KMV: Testing a new antenna with some friends
- Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting January 21st 2021
- Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting January 6th, 2021
Early in December 2020, I went out to Busse Woods Forest Preserve to test out a new antenna; the AL-705 Magnetic Loop from Alpha Antenna.
It is a low power (20W) very portable magnetic loop covering 40m to 10m, designed and built by Alpha Antenna and marketed by ICOM, as part of their IC-705 portable field radio package. It can of course be used with any radio, as long as power is kept below the 20W maximum.
On November 27th 2020, the day after Thanksgiving, I headed out to Moraine Hills State Park (K-1012) for a POTA activation. I had been there before, so I knew roughly where I wanted to setup my radio gear.
My plan was to setup with my QRP radio, the IC-703 Plus, and give the Wolf River Coils Silver Bullet vertical a good try out. I had used it before, but without much success, so this time I had put together a few 32 foot radials which I hoped would improve things.
Setting it up wasn’t hard. The coil screws into a mini tripod, and then I add an MFJ 1979 telescopic whip which I extend out to 102”. I chose this length because it is one of the options that WRC suggest, even though the whip I have can go longer. With the help of my antenna analyzer, I was able to tune the SWR to a decent level on 40m. Continue reading “K9KMV: Parks On The Air Attempt – K-1012”
- K9KQX – Latest Go Box Case
- No planned NETS for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.
- Results Announced! “Field Day Is Not A Contest”
- K9KBM: Automotive Manufacturers Limits of RF
- Winter Field Day 2021 is approaching
- Reminder: No Club Net on New Year’s Eve
- Tower Removal video – Ray WA9BLP – August 2020
- Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting December 17th 2020
- Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting December 2nd, 2020
Back in August 2020, a brave group of SARC club members volunteered their time and experience to help take down the radio antenna tower at the home of silent key, Ray WA9BLP. Continue reading “Tower Removal video – Ray WA9BLP – August 2020”