My Extra Exam Journey

As I just shared on our Antenna Design slack channel, I was fortunate enough to pass the Extra exam yesterday. I had some top-notch instructors – Skip Ferguson/K5LLR and Keith Dutson/NM5G, who invested their time with a bunch of us over two weekends to help pull...

J-Box Design Rev. 2 Review Call

Tonight we reviewed revision 2 of the BatBeam J-Box design. I was joined by Howard / KY6LA, who provided very helpful review and constructive feedback. Here’s the full video of the session, which is 18 minutes, 48 seconds in length. Some key takeaways from the...

BatBeam Project Kickoff Meeting

Tonight we held our first BatBeam Project kick-off meeting.  In attendance were: Brad, WF7T Doug, VK2DCR Mark, N7MHB Rick, W5FCX After brief introductions, Rick reviewed the project materials, which are now available here in PDF form to download. The conference call...

The BatBeam Proposal

Below you will find a proposal to form a community to develop what has been termed the “BatBeam”.  The BatBeam is a multi-band, high-gain, software-defined Yagi antenna being developed as a free, open-source project. The goal is for a group of us amateurs...

What Goes Up…Comes Down

They say a picture is worth a thousand words… Over the Christmas break, we had a short but intense wind storm blow through. As can be seen here, the aluminum Spiderbeam mast did not fare well.  Upon further investigation, the topmost guy line on the north side...