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450Ω vs 600Ω ladder linr to feed loop antenna using 4:1 Balun Apr 17th, 18:36 2 514 on 21/4/17
QSL Organizer - MIL Industries - Panorama City, CA - In Business? Jun 24th 2016, 11:43 2 424 on 24/6/16
High Minimum SWR (2.5 - 3.0) on 20m Apr 3rd 2016, 10:53 5 553 on 6/5/16
WAS - CW; Need SD to complete Jul 22nd 2015, 20:14 1 1,285 on 22/7/15
Ideas for an Apartment Balcany Antenna Apr 21st 2012, 03:04 2 2,248 on 21/4/12
QSL Card Call Sign Format Mar 12th 2012, 01:10 3 2,157 on 20/3/12

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450Ω vs 600Ω ladder linr to feed loop antenna using 4:1 Balun WA2FTV on 17/4/17
Hello Everyone,

I reside in an apartment (courtyard style) with no access to outside (i.e. no balcony).

I am considering installing a large loop antenna and feeding it with either 450Ω or 600Ω ladder line from a 4:1 balun. This in turn would be fed by an antenna tuner.

Other than losses, is there any advantage of 450Ω or 600Ω ladderline?

Please advise.

Thank You and 73s

QSL Organizer - MIL Industries - Panorama City, CA - In Business? WA2FTV on 24/6/16
Hello Everybody,

I am placing this note here because none of the other categories seem to be appropriate. If anybody has any information, please respond.

I am wondering if anybody knows if the QSL Organizer manufacturer/distributor MIL Industries of Panorama City, CA is still around or operating under a different name. They advertised in QST in the late 1970's and possibly the 1980's as I recall, since I received my license in 1976.

I purchased one QSL Organizer from them in the late 1970s or early 1980s. They sold an organizer (padded notebook) type album and plastic sleeve held three QSL cards on each side (six per page).

I like the format and would like to purchase a second QSL Organizer. The first one if full.

I left a note on in May, 2015, but nobody has responded.

Please let me know if anybody has any information.

Thank you and 73s

High Minimum SWR (2.5 - 3.0) on 20m WA2FTV on 3/4/16
Hello Everybody,

I am hoping someone can provide some insight to this issue.

I have a homemade fan dipole (40m, 20m, 15, 10m) inside my apartment mounted near the ceiling with swag hooks along the perimeter of the room walls. There is no way to get an outside antenna. The wires are about 2 inches apart.

Readings below are from a MFJ 259 antenna analyzer.

On 10m, 15m and 40m, I can get a decent minimum SWR at resonance (1.25 - 1.5).

However, on 20m, the lowest SWR I can achieve is in the 2.5 -3.0 at resonance. Does anyone have a guess as to why and what might be causing this and is there a remedy?

Thank You for your input. It is appreciated very much.

Best Regards and 73s

WAS - CW; Need SD to complete WA2FTV on 22/7/15
Hello Everybody,

I hope everyone is doing well.

I am down to one state to complete the W.A.S. - CW Award.

I need only South Dakota.

My CW speed is in the 5-10 WPM range. I can slow down to your speed.

I am looking for a South Dakota resident amateur that would be willing to schedule a CW QSO with me and then confirm the QSO with a QSL card (I am not on Log Book of the World yet). I will send a SASE.

I am available for a QSO from mid day to early - mid evening (16:00 - 24:00 UTC) most days. I operate stationary mobile in a local park. The bands I have available that are most likely to connect are 20m - 10m.

Looking at the propagation charts, it appears that the best time for likely success would be between 16:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC on the 14 MHz band. We could plan on using 14.125 MHz at 16:00 UTC.

I would be most appreciative if someone would step forward.

You may contact me at

Thank you and 73s

Ideas for an Apartment Balcany Antenna WA2FTV on 21/4/12
Greetings Everyone,

I am looking for ideas for HF antennas (80-10) that would fit on an apartment balcany that measures about 9' 6" x 10'6" x 5'. The outside of the apartment complex buildings have aluminum siding.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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