Are You Ready for 6 Metres?   May 30th, 2012

I decided that as May was almost out and the E-season upon us, that it was time to put up something for 6m. I chose one of the small Innnov 3 element OWL antennas and as the picture above, shows, it does not look too bad in the air. It’s too early to report results, but I have had no problems in working into Eastern Europe from what is a poor location at the bottom of a hill. By complete contrast I had a cup of tea with Justin of Innov at his works a few days later and was shown what can only be described as a massive 6m array being built for export. The photo below shows a section of the main boom. Bear in mind this is just one antenna of a stack of six!

I am told we have good stocks of 6m antennas of NORMAL size for NORMAL people!

~ Peter Waters

On 16th-18th August 2012, Waters & Stanton will sponsor the 2012 International EME Conference to be held in Churchill College Cambridge.

As the title suggests, it will focus on moonbounce communications, but also has applications for those interested in other forms of weak signal DX communications. For the period of the conference, a special remotely controlled moonbounce station will be in operation under the callsign of GB2EME. 4 x 17 element 2m Yagis will form the antenna array and those interested in moonbounce are urged to monitor and listen for the signals.

Icom will be in company with Waters & Stanton to offer a display of amateur radio equipment and InnovAntennas will be on hand to discuss their wide range of antennas.

There will be a £500 raffle prize that can be used against the purchase of Icom equipment from Waters & Stanton.

For full details, please go to www.eme2012.com.

W&S EME Array Installed!   December 8th, 2011

On Wednesday 8th December we completed the installation of an EME antenna system comprising 4 x 6 element 144MHz LFA Yagis made by G0KSC. This was the original pre-production antenna system that G0KSC used for his EME tests when developing the VFA system. We are encouraged that we can regularly hear beacons over 500km to the east. We need to do more tests to establish the propagation for terrestrial contacts from here in Hockley. This is part of our program towards the sponsorship of the World EME Conference next August in Cambridge. Hopefully we will be able to begin EME tests once the necessary software and Linear Amplifier is installed. Currently we are running 50 Watts under the call G0PEP. Anybody wishing to check their path back here to Hockley should e-mail us for a test.

EME Array To Be Installed @ W&S   November 16th, 2011

In the next couple of weeks we will be installing an EME 2m antenna system as part of a new demonstration facility. The system will comprise 4 bays of 6 element LFA Yagi antennas from InnovAntennas. This will provide just over 23dB of forward gain and will easily handle full UK power limit – and beyond. The plan is to feed this via a Discovery 2m linear amplifier from UK Linear Amps. The array will be steerable using a Yaesu G5500 Az/El rotator. The call sign will be G0PEP.

Use What You Sell!   November 9th, 2011

Readers will know how impressed I have been with the new range of InnovAntennas made here locally not far from Hockley. They are the brainchild of Justin Johnson, G0KSC. My own QTH is not VHF friendly, situated as it is at the bottom of a hill. But no matter, I decided to try one of the smallest VHF antennas, the 2m 4el. LFA. To make matters worse, I could initially only get the antenna 15ft above ground, so in some directions the house shielded it and in all directions neighbour’ houses were not that far away. However, I hooked the radio up to a rather battered IC-706IIG and tuned around the bottom end of 2m on SSB and CW. Over the weekend I actually managed to work several G stations. The furthest north was in Leicester, perhaps 150km, and I managed a few ON and DF stations. All this on a very flat band and a poorly sited antenna. What did impress me was the excellent F/B ratio and extremely low side lobes. I was able to easily overcome any local noise issues provided they were not in the same direction as the antenna. The VSWR was almost flat and certainly no problem in operating across the 2MHz available bandwidth. Construction as I have said before on this blog, is superb and if you move up to the 6 element version and erect a “box” of four Yagis with the appropriate splitter, you are pretty well equipped for EME work. I did experience one annoying noise problem when I was working into western Europe, but this turned out to be an internal source in my home music studio. Once tracked down and turned off, the band was quiet!

Even the Smallest Will Amaze!   November 3rd, 2011

The little 4 element 2m Yagi from InnovAntennas has an amazing performance. This little beauty boasts a 29dB F/B ratio. That’s right, a full 29dB! The standard of construction (common to all InnovAntennas) is staggering. No lossy balun transformer. These antennas are designed to give 50 Ohms match by the use of the loop driven element. The ends are 180 degrees out of phase which means the side lobes are well down. The net result is a high performance 9.5dBi gain antenna with extremely low noise. And the price? – – just £74.95.

InnovAntenna EME IN A BOX   October 21st, 2011

We will shortly be launching several EME IN A BOX starter antenna kits from InnovAntennas. These will enable newcomers to enjoy moon-bounce QSOs. The picture shows a 2m antenna system that can easily be installed in most locations and will enable users to bounce signals of the moon and enjoy world wide contacts. Systems will be available with Yaesu G5500 rotator and will include phasing harnesses and the mounting frame for the antennas. The antennas are specially made by InnovAntennas to combine maximum gain with best noise performance. We must stress that many normal antennas do not offer the gain and noise performance achieved by InnovAntennas. And of course you can use their systems for terrestrial contacts to equal advantage! Please contact us for availability.

InnovAntennas Appointment   October 7th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we have been appointed as the sole UK reseller for the exciting range of InnovAntennas. Designed and built just a few miles away from us here in Hockley. It is a pleasure to be able to offer not only a British made product, but a product that has rapidly established itself a worldwide reputation in the ham radio business.
We will shortly be putting the entire range up on our website and offering our usual friendly  customer service and advice to potential purchasers.

What sets this range of antennas apart is the attention to detail and accuracy as well as the superb workmanship. They really are made by hand to exacting standards and produced one by one for each individual customer. Detailed specifications are available, far more than any other antenna range, and this enables you to make the choice between lowest noise, best gain and best FB ratio. There are plenty of very happy users around the world, so why don’t you take a closer look and join them!