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May 11 2010

RFC Show Notes Episode 038

00:00 Opening Theme “Give It All Away”, by midliFeCrisis, from the album “Live from the Loft”
00:53 Introduction This is a “best of” show, due to family and work obligations. We'll try to have new content next month.
02:59 Song “Beast of Burden” by Altered Five from the album “Bluesified”.
07:27 Topic Half-wave dipole antennas.

Some statistics say that 19 out of 20 new hams never get on the air. Is it because they don't have an antenna? A half-wave dipole is inexpensive, easy to build, and quite effective. The formula for calculating the length of a dipole is:

Length (feet) = 468 / frequency (MHz) or,

Length (meters) = 143 / frequency (Mhz)

Here are a few references to help get you started:

You may wish to try a G5RV antenna, which can be used on many bands.

40:30 Song “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys from the album “Live At Blue Cat Blues – Dallas Texas”
44:24 Topic Dipole antennas, part 2. (From episode 14)

Richard continues his discussion of dipole antennas, and introduces fan dipoles, long/random wires, and loop antennas.

1:17:44 Song “Misunderstood” by Carolyn Wonderland from the album “Miss Understood”
1:21:11 Topic Stealth antennas (From episode 18)

Low profile, or stealth, antennas. Every situation is different, so think creatively. Remember, any antenna is better than no antenna.

1:49:57 Song “Friday Night” by Los Lonely Boys from the album “Live At Blue Cat Blues – Dallas Texas”
1:53:07 Conclusion Email Richard at kb5jbv@gmail.com

Twitter: twitter.com/kb5jbv

KB5JBV on D-Star via port C on the NE5R repeater.

Closing theme music is “We Gotta Go” by David Henderson at Podsafe Audio.

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