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Bond Ground Rods with Exothermic Welding | Print |  E-mail
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At work, I recently put in a ground system for our new translator, which requires a good ground system. A critical part of that is properly bonding the copper ground wires to the ground rod. The best way to do that is exothermic welding.

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Build a 2 Meter Vertical Antenna | Print |  E-mail
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I needed to replace my old 2 Meter 1/4 wave vertical antenna for the 146 mHz. amateur radio band. The old one had lost its radials and I wasn't able to hit the various amateur radio repeaters around. So being one who likes to build antennas, here is what I came up with.

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How To Build a Phasing Harness for Stacking Antennas | Print |  E-mail
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Coax Phasing Harness for antennas Recently at work, I had the opportunity (or need) to make a phasing harness for a two bay antenna. But I had a problem. I found on the web a few years back how to do this for my particular antenna situation, but now the web page was gone! So I had to figure it out on my own. After many hours of looking through my (very poor) notes, I figured it out.

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2 Meter Turnstile Antenna For Amateur Satellite Communication | Print |  E-mail
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Here are construction plans of a Turnstile antenna that I use for space communication on the 2 meter amateur radio band. Specifically for 145.80 mHz.

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2 Meter Antenna for Bicycle Mobile Operation | Print |  E-mail
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Perhaps the biggest problem with taking your HT bicycling is coming up with a decent antenna on your bicycle. This is because the bike doesn't provide much of a ground plane.
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