Author Archives: Wes Cardone

About Wes Cardone

Trustee WD8IEL Chelsea Repeater

New Life Member!

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At the May meeting of the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club board, Margaret A. Goodrich (W8MAG) was made a life member. Margaret has served the club for literally decades upon decades with dedication. Her late husband, David, was likewise an asset to the club beyond measure.

Antenna Feedline Optimal Length for Resonance

Updated 4-18-2024 I recently discovered a YouTube video that shows how to cut an antenna’s feedline length to achieve resonance (See below). I then discovered that there are many such erroneous YouTube videos telling you that you can use “jumpers” to improve your antenna performance. There are no benefits to these practices! But this begs the question… Why? On the… Read more »

April Meeting: EZNEC Antenna Segments Made Easy

More on EZNEC at the April 2024 club meeting. Have you dabbled with EZNEC antenna modeling software (or any of the other free NEC derived antenna modeling software applications) and found it just did not work out for you? Join the crowd. At the April meeting of the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club, Wesley Cardone (N8QM) will give a third presentation… Read more »

EZNEC J-Pole Modeling (and Deep-Dive)

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A Qualitative Presentation At last month’s meeting (February 2024), we introduced the free EZNEC antenna modeling software. It was a very introduction-oriented presentation that explained what it was all about. For the March 2024 meeting (Tuesday, March 12th), we will be presenting concepts relating to what EZNEC software demands from you, the user. That is, what ratios in wire lengths… Read more »

Learn Amateur Radio

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We, at the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club, are here to help you get on the air circumventing the globe. Do you need to be pointed in the right direction? Were you wondering where exams are given for FCC Amateur Radio Licenses? Were you wondering if Amateur Radio would be for you? We can’t guarantee that we will have all of… Read more »

March Meeting: Modeling Jim’s HF Antenna

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At the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club we try not to let you down. Last month (February, 2024) we introduced you to the EZNEC antenna modeling software. Our plan for the March meeting (March 12, 2024) is to use either EZNEC or 4NEC2 to model and simulate Jim Grissom’s (KD8RFW) back yard HF trapped vertical antenna. We have not done it… Read more »

EZNEC Intro Given at 2024 Feb 13th Club Meeting

It was about two years ago that the EZNEC Antenna Modeling Software was made free. Wes Cardone (N8QM) purchased this software several years ago (before it was made free) and has found it extremely capable and says that it should not be considered as limited to those with extreme electromagnetics knowledge. This stuff is for the average amateur radio operator…. Read more »

Learn the now Free–EZNEC

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Please let us know at the Chelsea Amateur Radio Club if learning to use the free antenna modeling software EZNEC would be of interest to you. What might be a nice course of action in learning EZNEC is a tutorial using EZNEC’s own “Test Drive” tutorial. This is a tutorial provided by the EZNEC antenna modeling software which starts you… Read more »