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New Edition of ON4UN’s Low-Band DXing Now Shipping!


The fifth edition of ON4UN’s Low-Band DXing: Antennas, Equipment and Techniques for DXcitement on 160, 80 and 40 Meters by John Devoldere, ON4UN, features new and updated material. This is a book -- with CD-ROM included -- that every fan of 40 meters through Top Band needs in the shack. It is definitely loaded with everything you need to succeed on the low bands.

It’s been 25 years since Devoldere published the original Low Band DXing, sharing his knowledge of techniques for success on 160, 80 and 40 meters. Over the years, the book has evolved to keep pace with our growing knowledge of propagation, equipment, operating techniques and receiving and transmitting equipment for the low bands. This edition is no different, with significant new additions and updates throughout the book.

This new edition boasts almost 700 pages and includes a thoroughly revised discussion of receiving antennas. In addition, low-signal transformers for Beverages and other receive-only antennas are analyzed in great detail, along with effective common mode filters. You’ll also find a new examination of phased arrays -- with new concepts such as the hybrid-fed 4-square array and opposite-voltage feed system -- and dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas. Devoldere has also added an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160 meter ducting, as well as a new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor.

Contents include:

  • Propagation
  • DXing on the Low Bands
  • Receiving and Transmitting Equipment
  • Antenna Design Software
  • Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions
  • The Feed Line and the Antenna
  • Receiving Antennas
  • The Dipole Antenna
  • Vertical Antennas
  • Large Loop Antennas
  • Phased Arrays
  • Other Arrays
  • Yagis and Quads
  • Low Band DXing from a Small Garden
  • From Low Band DXing to Contesting

A CD-ROM is also included with the new fifth edition! This CD-ROM includes the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format, as well as Devoldere’s software (Windows XP only), antenna modeling files, photographs and more.

Devoldere is a recognized expert on low band DXing and his operating achievements speak for themselves. On 80 meters, he has the highest number of DXCC countries confirmed worldwide (he is holder of the DXCC 80 meter award #1 with 357 countries confirmed on that band). When this book was published, Devoldere had the highest country total outside North America with 312 countries confirmed on 160 meters.

ON4UN’s Low-Band DXing is now shipping, just in time for the holidays. Find it at your ARRL dealer or the ARRL Store; ARRL Order No 8560, ISBN 978-0-87259-856-0, retail $44.95 plus shipping; telephone 860-594-0355, or toll-free in the US 888-277-5289;;



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