6m Antenna Upgrade Part 1 – Plans for Antenna Enhancements

I’ve been very active on 6m over the past several years. I am closing in on DXCC and Worked All States on the magic band. I operate on 6m daily during Es season. We are also very active in VHF contesting on the 6m band and have worked just under 700 grids on 6m.  This … Continue reading

6m Antenna Upgrade Part 3 – microHam Antenna Control System

The next step in our project is to configure our microHam station management system to support the new antennas and other components in our 6m antenna project. Each radio in our station (we have five that are 6m capable) has a microHam Station Master Deluxe antenna controller that is used to select and control all … Continue reading

6m Antenna Upgrade Part 5 – Antenna Installation and Station Integration

The final stage of our 6m Antenna Project was completed earlier this week. I began by gathering all of the hardware and components for the installation and staged them near our tower. The installation of our new 6m antennas was a big project, and I was fortunate to have Matt Strelow, KC1XX, and Andrew Toth … Continue reading

6m Antenna Upgrade Part 4 – Building Antennas and Prep for Installation

Our new Loop Fed Array (LFA) antennas, phasing lines, and power dividers have arrived from InnoVAntennas. Our plan for this phase of our project includes the following steps: Build mounts for the stack Power Dividers Design and a mounting and truss system for the 3 Element LFA yagis in our stacks Build the first 3-element … Continue reading

6m Antenna Upgrade Part 2 – High-Power Preamp System

The next step in our 6m Antenna upgrade project is to build two high-power preamp housings using high-performance, Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs). I plan to use one of the housings with 6m Antenna Upgrade Part 3 – Build Antennas and Prep for Installation our existing 7-element Yagi on our house-bracketed tower and the other housing as … Continue reading

Satellite Station 4.0 Part 12 – Antenna Upgrades

We’ve been making good use of our Satellite Ground Station. Our existing 2MCP14 and 436CP30 antennas have enabled us to make over 2,000 satellite contacts; working 49 of the 50 U.S. States, 290+ Grid Squares, and 31 DXCCs. Our station is also an ARISS Ground Station which enables us to help Schools around the world … Continue reading

EME Station 2.0 Part 10 – Antennas On The Tower

After a year’s worth of planning and 10 months of construction, we have our new 2m EME Antenna System installed on our EME Tower and working! This stage of our project took about a week and included a lot of help from Matt and Andrew at XX Towers. Final Preparations The first step was to … Continue reading

EME Station 2.0 Part 7 – Building Antennas

The next step in our EME project is to assemble the four M2 Antenna Systems 2MXP28 Yagis. These antennas are large, cross-polarized yagis. They feature 28 elements each on 34 1/2 foot booms. The design operates as an independent horizontal and vertical Yagi on a shared boom and each plane have an independent feed point. … Continue reading

Field Day Satellite Station for 2021 – Setup and Test in Hollis

The Nashua Area Radio Society will be using our portable Satellite Station this year at Summer Field Day. A number of members got together recently to assemble and test our Computer-Controlled Portable Satellite Station for Field Day. Here are some pictures of our Field Day Satellite Station Test… Source: Field Day Satellite Station for 2021 … Continue reading

6m LFA Yagi for Field Day and Mountain Topping

Our 6m Field Day station will be a portable setup and features a new antenna – a 3-Element Loop Fed Array (LFA) Yagi from InnoVAntennas… Source: 6m Field Day Station – Nashua Area Radio Society We’ve been wanting to try a Loop Fed Array (LFA) Yagi on the 6m Band. The Nashua Area Radio Society’s … Continue reading