Cobwebs and Spiders come to HamRadioStore August 2nd, 2016
We are pleased to announce the introduction of one of MFJ’s new and exciting products. The design is not so new. It has been around for a few years now, but MFJ have come up with a design that makes it an attractive proposition. Basically the Cobweb is a nest of dipoles folded into a square. Each dipole is formed so that one side of the square forms an eighth wavelength. The MFJ-1835 has sides of 9ft and a diagonal of 12ft. Within these dimensions are dipoles for 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m. The dipoles are all fed from a single feeder. The antenna is essentially omnidirectional for all practical purposes and enables HF operation on all 5 bands from a small garden. As such it does not require a rotator and weighs just over 8lbs.
I have a small garden myself so I may try one of these later in the summer. It certainly is not a very demanding antenna to support.
Dayton HamVention Finds New Home August 2nd, 2016
It didn’t take long to find a new home for the world famous HamVention annually held in Dayton Ohio.
“Greene County Agricultural Society Board of Directors made the announcement in partnership with Greene County Board of Commissioners, city of Xenia and Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Since 1952, Hamvention, a multi-day convention of ham radios, has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.
“We are so excited to be working with the Dayton Hamvention to bring an event of this caliber to the Fairgrounds and Expo Center,” said Alan Anderson president of the Greene County Board of Commissioners, in a release. “Spend time with this group of professionals and volunteers and their passion for running a first-class event immediately becomes abundantly clear.”
The annual economic impact of this event is about $17 million, in hotel stays, restaurants, gas stations and local merchants.
“We appreciate and value all the time and effort of the many partners, in particular the Greene County Agricultural Society, the Greene County Board of Commissioners and the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has put into helping Hamvention find the right venue to continue our long history here in the Miami Valley,” said Ron Cramer, general chairman of Hamvention, in a release”