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DX Commander All Band Vertical HF Antenna Build & Review

8 January, 2021 - Reading time: ~1 minute

The DX Commander is an All Band Vertical HF Antenna that covers 9 bands from 80m through to 6m. It is an economical and efficient way of getting on every HF band easily with a nice compact vertical antenna.

The antenna is basically a fan dipole, but rather than horizontal, it is vertical quarter wave elements in parallel on a common driven element base with short ground radials. Of particular interest in this design is the fold over on the 40m element, which acts as a 5/8th on 15m.

The antenna is a breeze to put together and in this video I show my build and review from Callum M0MCX - the DX Commander.

"Ask an Elmer" - Come Ask Us Your Ham Radio Questions #1

21 December, 2020 - Reading time: 4 minutes

When new hams start out in the hobby, it's important that they receive guidance and assistance along the way, after all we all had to start somewhere!

In today's live stream we have some members of the Ham Radio YouTubers bunch answering YOUR questions live! Come along and ask whatever you like in the chat, perhaps you're new to hobby and not sure where to start. I'll be joined by the following YouTubers, go ahead check out their channel and give them a sub!

Ham Radio 2.0 - https://www.youtube.com/user/kc5hwb

Temporarily Offline - https://www.youtube.com/user/temporarilyoffline

KK6USY Ham Radio Adventures - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbTOS3UcdsFXn_N7RjQGdHA

Red Summit RF - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHriEQX4EK2b0QS7EgSvjmg

Goodgame Ham Radio & Outdoors - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeo_lBRLoYmIxjOGtOr0nKw

K6ARK Portable Radio - https://www.youtube.com/user/Vector511c

SevenFortyOne - https://www.youtube.com/user/sevenforty1

Matt AE4MQ - https://www.qrz.com/db/AE4MQ

Do you want to know what DMR is? Or how does propagation work? What radio should you buy? How do I get my first Ham Radio License? What kind of antennas do you need? Anything related to ham radio, come along and we'll do our best to assist and help you further in the hobby. We are the modern day elmers - the YouTubers bunch!


EXTREME Ham Radio DXing...Australia to New Zealand on 2.4 GHz?

21 December, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Join us for a portable adventure trying to send our 2.4 GHz (13cm) ham radio signal from Tasmania, Australia (VK7) to New Zealand (ZL).

On December 13th 2020, Hayden VK7HH and Richard VK7ZBX travelled out portable to try and work Nick ZL1IU at the top end of New Zealand. The Hepburn tropospheric data had good to very good predictions of a duct to carry VHF and above signals across the Tasman Sea.

The ultimate goal was to try and work the 2.4 GHz band, a band that had not achieved a contact over such a great distance before. Were we successful?

More on Tropospheric ducting:


Hepburn Duct forecast:


The EASIEST Antenna to build for Six Meters using one piece of RG-58 coax!

4 December, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

This is a really simple and easy to construct antenna that will get you on the air on the six meter band using only RG-58 coax!

I needed a quick and simple antenna for my WSPR beacon over the summer season. Enter the end fed half wave length coaxial dipole or aka flowerpot antenna!

The design details are available at VK2ZOI's website below:


How to receive long range FM Broadcast Radio - DXing

18 November, 2020 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Often, during the summer months, it is often possible to hear FM broadcast stations from far and wide thanks to the Ionosphere and Troposphere bending signals over the horizon. There are a few tricks to getting the most out of tuning the broadcast band looking for that distant station however.

At the next AREG meeting on Friday the 20th of November, Andy, VK5LA will give a presentation on “DXing” the FM band. He will discuss, what gear is needed, what gear works best and how to identify stations you don’t normally hear and cover topics like locations, antenna polarisation, and explore the RDS station ID feature built in to most modern FM receivers.

Andy will also discuss using the ACMA database to determine if that exotic station you’ve just tuned in to is 70, 700 or 1700 km away and describe the various propagation modes that make this interesting activity possible. Finally he will take a look at how that information can be used to predict openings on the 6 metre (50MHz) band and above.