Monday, October 24, 2011

RSGB and finally Building My Antenna

Reading the new RSGB forum website I am somewhat dismayed. The site was set up for members to share views about various proposals the RSGB board is putting together to get them out of the very serious mess they find themselves in.

I am not presently a member of the RSGB I found it was too expensive for what it provided; it was run by out of touch/distant folk that either didn’t want or wouldn’t listen to their membership. Finally and more worryingly even back in the 90s it did not seem to have a structured future. Reading the forum seems to concur what I thought back in the 90s and nothing has changed. Indeed from reading some of the posts I really don’t think the RSGB has long to live.

I don’t know how they are going to get out of their mess and to be honest I really don’t care, I don’t want to be part of a LTD company that tries to represent the UK amateur population when in fact realistically they only represent about 40%, the other 60% have seen the light and stayed away. Don’t get me wrong I love my hobby and actively spend at least an hour a day on the radio communicating to various parts of the world. But to me that’s all it is, a hobby I’m not interested in the politics associated with something like the RSGB. I’d far rather start all over again and have a national club that deals with the government (OFCOM) in covering the basics of managing the frequencies, everything else can be extra or arranged separately.

Changing the subject I managed to put together a nice little dipole connector over the weekend following a very good instructional video off You Tube (see previous post). It didn’t take me long to put together but finding the PVC caps in the UK proved interesting but finally after much searching I traced some off Ebay. I now have a very nice 30 meter inverted V antenna that will replace the old antenna that presently hangs at the top of my mast. The past few days have been extremely windy and the poor old antenna is suffering somewhat and will soon break apart, hence the reason for building the new one. So far having trimmed it up I am getting good SWR readings of 1:3 across the band, hopefully provided I have the time I will hoist it up next weekend.

 An easy to build dipole connector

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