Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Best 430MHz Antenna?

http://www.radiogearpro.com/main/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=12&products_id=673&osCsid=qsjfexubq

For everyday mobile use, this small 40cm antenna, Nagoya NL-77B has been the best on 430MHz. Compared to both a 1.5m long Watson dual bander and a 1m long W770 copy.
The bigger antennas are probably better when in a good location but driving round town, they don't have any more gain.
On 145MHz the gain is about -2dB relative to a 1/4 wave.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

A99 Finally Snapped

The the fibreglass on the A99 completely snapped last night, which I was hoping would happen as for the last 3 weeks it was swinging around bashing the roof. The wire inside is still connected so it will keep working as a kind of inverted V.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Wind

Antron 99 snapped in last week's high winds. SWR still normal, signal not as good for local stuff but for everything else I don't think I'd have even noticed.