Convert a Mobile 2m/70cm Vertical Antenna to Ground Plane Antenna

On July 15, 2013 KG4GPJ, Larry gave a presentation on how to convert a typical “mag mount” antenna into a ground plane antenna.

0717131256a
MFJ 1401 – Ground Plane Conversion Kit

So the question is why would you want to do this?

  • Much more efficient, therefore a more effect antenna
  • Very easy to do – you don’t need to know all the technical stuff
  • Easy to implement

Generally speaking mobile antennas use the vehicle’s body as the ground plane, however most mobile antennas are capacitive coupled to the vehicle therefore making the antenna less efficient.

 

Monitoring Times to Cease Publication

monitoring times logo

EDIT: Watch HamRadioNow interview with Bob Grove, W8JHD

“Its time for us to retire.” The Monitoring times after 33 years will be ending its monthly publication. Grove says the decision wasn’t easy and was mostly based on the declining subscribers due to a slow economy and availability of content from other sources. Monitoring Times, which promotes itself as “The World of Radio All in One Place,” covers — among other topics — shortwave and broadcast listening, scanning, military, maritime, and aviation monitoring, equipment reviews, clandestine stations, and public safety monitoring. You can read more about the Monitoring Times ending its publication on the ARRL website. Source: ARRL – Monitoring Times to Cease Publication, http://www.arrl.org/news/em-monitoring-times-em-to-cease-publication

Social Media Integration & Site Changes

I have added social media integration features. That means if you have a Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media accounts you can now share, like, and comment on content from our website.

Those of you who have used the sidebar login on the right will notice that it is gone. A recent update to WordPress caused the plug-in to stop working correctly. The good news is that I have added the Login to the menu under the Home button, this should redirect you to the regular login page. Just login with your user name and password. I will work on adding a register page soon, look for that under the Home button.

I have also posted some new content. I have included all the local NOAA All-Hazards Weather radio stations in our area. If you have some additional stations, or have some ideas on things to add, just let me know. You can view this page by clicking here, or look under Local Repeaters on the menu.