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Bus Trip Update

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Dayton is this weekend! Only a few Days left to sign up!!! Dayton is approaching, and with it the Dayton Bus Trip… Tickets are selling for our Dayton Bus Trip. The early sale discount has expired as of April 1st, but this doesn’t mean we are done with the deals. The drawing for the free Dayton ticket is to be… Read more »

ARROW election results 12/9/2009

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Hello Arrow members, At last nights meeting 12/9/09 the election of officers was held and the results are: President – Bruce Graham KD8APB Secretary – Mark Goodwin W8FSA Treasurer – Sam Proud KC8QCZ Activities Coordinator – Michelle Roderick KD8GWX Technical Coordinator – Jay Nugent WB8TKL Public Service Officer – James French W8ISS Congratulations and 73! Jim Eller K8ELR

New Receive Antenna and Headset/Microphone Work Great in Sweepstakes SSB

After long being tired of the poor performance of my HF9v with 18 radials, I finally sold it off to a fellow ARROW club member for what I had invested (not a lot) and was left with the radial field in the woods (now mostly buried after 3 years). I let it sit for a while, wandering out there every… Read more »

Eleven newly minted hams

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Congratulations to all the new hams from the Hands on Museum class of 7 November 2009 KD8MJU    Adam R. Carpus KD8MJV    Ari D. Morris KD8MJW    Brian M. Retzlaff KD8MJX    Steve R. Peterman KD8MJY    Elizabeth C. Gilday KD8MJZ    Dawn Chambers KD8MKA    Nandan Sawkar KD8MKB    Karin K. Riske, no email address KD8MKC    Daniela Gomez, no email address KD8MKD    Sally A. Carpinella KD8MKE   … Read more »

The Big Horizontal Loop Goes UP! And down! And up again!

Spring contest season demanded a new antenna that would handle 160m with some efficiency and compliment my other antennas.  I settled on the >1 wavelength horizontal loop for its multi-band potential, relative invisibility, and ease of matching.  Anything over a wavelength on 160m (540′ length) would be sufficient, but longer is better, as it lowers radiation angles and improves performance.

Radiation Angle Counts for a Lot – an Argument for Having Both Vertical and Horizontal Antennas on HF

Since I reconnected the coax to it, my vertical dipole – a tribander driven element hung from a high tree branch – has still not seemed to work well. I would switch back and forth between it and my 20/40/80 horizontal fan dipole, and the horizontal was always at least an S-unit better. In the WPX SSB contest the vertical… Read more »