Thursday, March 12, 2009

I have a long...


What? You thought I was going to say something else? Puh-leeze! Penguins don't even have a, err, whatever. What is it about "cloaca" that you don't understand?!

No, that is my Yaesu VX-8 transceiver, currently set up to scan the air bands to listen to conversations between pilots and air traffic control and the tower. A small radio with a long antenna, the Diamond SRH940. So get your mind out of the gutter, people!

--Badtux the Well-Radio'ed Penguin


  1. If my mind wasn't in the gutter, it would be lost.

  2. That IS a mighty big antenna there son . Remember : There's a pointy end on that thing , be carefull with it !
    a cautious w3ski

  3. Nope, no pointy end, that's a load coil for the matching network up at the top end of the antenna, it's more a knob than a point. This thing has two sets of load coils, one at the base and one at the top, to give it multi-band transmission capability (i.e., convert otherwise-reflected radio waves into heat due to the fact that the antenna isn't really well matched to any particular frequency). Of course, this means that the antenna is as much a dummy load as it is an antenna, but the shorter antennas are even worse -- talking to a repeater 20 miles from here I get a '2' (on scale of 1-10) with the stock antenna, and '3' with this long antenna. With a half-wave antenna on my car, I get a '4' (4 watts output, the output of this radio, just isn't much power to talk 20 miles in an urban environment).


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