Blog: Wes Cardone

The 2024 Chelsea Amateur Radio Club Swap and Shop

The 2024 Chelsea Amateur Radio Club Swap & Shop was a huge success. The weather looked down upon us favorably as well. Please tune in later for photographs taken of our door prize awards presentations.

An Abused Transceiver

I will take the blame for allowing my Kenwood TM-V71A transceiver to be abused. Witness the result of my abuse illustrated in Figure 1. The DC power cord has become horribly frayed and worn. And that to the point of an imminent short! But let this be a warning to others to mind what is going...

Santa Barbara Amateurs K6TZ Losing Site

The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club site agreement ends, and an urgent search for a new location is underway. Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club facing displacement after 50 Years on the Mesa

New Life Member!

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...

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...

Deep Dive J-Pole Computer Model

Here are the slides for tonight’s (March 13, 2024 at 7 PM Eastern DST) presentation. This will be by video conference using the usual club Zoom account. Click here for a direct link. For more information, please see the earlier blog post.

EZNEC J-Pole Modeling (and Deep-Dive)

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...

Optimize the Hustler 4-BPV HF Antenna

With the help of Jim Grissom (WD8RFW), we embarked upon an ambitious program to consider if his HF vertical, 4-band, antenna could be optimized. Whether it is actually optimized or not is somewhat irrelevant although it is known that our task will optimize the antenna for its 40 meter band. Our task to to see if...

Learn Amateur Radio

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...

March Meeting: Modeling Jim’s HF Antenna

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...