Galvanised steel wire OCF dipole

I was chatting on the weekend with a new ham who was inspired by an article in Amateur Radio to build an OCF dipole using galvanised fence wire.

I have not seen the article, but he recalled that it recommended single core 1.25mm galvanised wire as quite suited to the task of an 80m OCF dipole. The wire consists of a mild steel core with a thin layer of zinc. Continue reading Galvanised steel wire OCF dipole

Trying to make sense of the VE7BQH Yagi performance tables

VE7BQH publishes a table of Yagi performance data derived from a number of modelling programmes. The table is often used as a definitive reference of the overall merit of an antenna by buyers, makers and students for their own situation.

This article is mainly motivated at better understanding the G/T column of the tables. Continue reading Trying to make sense of the VE7BQH Yagi performance tables