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Antenna Shootout 2021 – Bob (G4PVB)

Antenna Shootout 2021 – Bob (G4PVB)

| June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

My antenna is a 2m folded dipole designed by Dave Kimber, G8HQP. I followed his instructions like this:  2m Folded Dipole – a loft-mounted vertical folded dipole for the 144 – 146MHz band. Theory: A vertical antenna most appropriate for 2m. A fat dipole (therefore wideband) will have a lower feed impedance at resonance than a thin dipole […]

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The 2021 VARC Antenna Shootout

The 2021 VARC Antenna Shootout

| June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The annual VARC Antenna Shootout starts today and runs until the end of June. The theme for this year is ‘2-metre activity’ meaning that it can be any mode, any polarisation, and any power (within applicable licence restrictions of course). You can operate from any location but must use your own callsign and not the […]

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RSGB Virtual Visit

RSGB Virtual Visit

| January 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

In January, Ron White G6LTT, the club’s district representative spoke at the club’s virtual meeting. He was joined by Terry Baldwin G4UEM, also a representative. Ron described the changes now taking place, particularly with training and examinations which have moved online, including invigilation of exams, all of which can be booked and paid in the […]

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SOTA Radio Interview with VARC member.

SOTA Radio Interview with VARC member.

| September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

VARC member Tim Price (G4YBU) took part in a radio interview on BBC Radio Surrey this morning discussing Summits on the Air (SOTA). Tim is one of the event organisers for SOTA. He was joined by RSGB Board Director Stewart Bryant (G3YSX).

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Roger (M0RBK)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Roger (M0RBK)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The antenna consists of: 1:1 Balun Lengths of copper brake pipe approximately 1m long pipe and secured into grooves in a length of wood. “Stingers” which can be moved to adjust the length and secured with grub screws. It is secured to the mast with a stainless steel clamp.

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G4HSO)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G4HSO)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Years ago I bought a commercial but cheap HB9CV antenna for 6m. I think in terms of dB per gram of beam aluminium, these antennas are top-notch and great for /P. (I have had a lot of success with good DX with my 2m version.)  However, rushing a first activation (contest) a few weeks after […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020

Antenna Shootout 2020

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year Verulam Amateur Radio Club holds an Antenna ‘Shootout’ Contest. The idea is to get as many club members as possible building their own antennas and then competing against others to see who’s antenna performs the best. Over the years we have had loads of really interesting submissions, from massive quads to tin-foil and […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G3UHN)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Peter (G3UHN)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The VARC Lockdown Challenge was to make a 6m antenna from materials found at the home QTH.  No sneaking off to local suppliers or mail ordering!  A rummage through my garage found the following: Plastic rectangular-section conduit, two telescopic Band 1 TV antennas, SO239 socket, ‘U’ bolts and miscellaneous bits of wood. Unfortunately, no useful […]

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Antenna Shootout 2020 – Norman (G8ATO)

Antenna Shootout 2020 – Norman (G8ATO)

| June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m entering the Verulam Amateur Radio Club aerial contest 2020. I’ve built a Delta loop with bits stored at the back of the house. Items used are plastic electrical conduit and drain pipe, coax cable and wire.  Wire length is approx 6 metres, the conduit is 2 metres long. The matching coax is approx 1 […]

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Our March Meeting

Our March Meeting

| March 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone, I am sure, like me, you have been following the news and government reports surrounding the coronavirus.  While the risk to the general population is still perceived to be low, we need to consider the safety of our members, especially as some of us are likely to be in a high-risk category. Over […]

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