One thing about ham radio is keep the momentum moving forward. I live in a CC&R defined community with plenty of regulations. Permanent antennas affixed to the condo are not allowed. I can however deploy an antenna during the weekend without any fuss. Consequently, I have introduced ham radio to our neighbors and everyone is always curious about Scot's antenna.
Recently, I thought about a wire antenna with a little more gain and directivity because the Pacific is less than a baseball field away. Likewise, there is nothing like building an antenna and I wanted a project that fits my current skill set and level of ham radio knowledge. One day the sunspots will show up and having a gain antenna is a sure fire hoot. With that said, I must credit Ben, N1WBV for getting the Moxon antenna idea rolling on FriendFeed. Thanks Ben!
Moxon Antenna Project.
A quick Google search lead to KD6WD's Moxon Antenna Project. And a pleasant surprise followed. The underlying premise of the project is Hams Helping Hams and what a QTH for an antenna knowledge base. According to the Moxon Antenna Project, "The Moxon is especially attractive to hams who want to avoid purchasing more expensive towers and rotors, and desire a directional antenna."
I can dig and the paragraph said that a Moxon is a great Saturday project for new hams or hams-in-learning like myself who are seeking a simple, gain antenna for a push-up mast. I would not push any sensibility envelope over a weekend with a Moxon antenna.
Height is a limiting factor around here and finding an antenna that performs reasonably well at less than a 1/2 wave length is challenging. There are three distinct advantages of a Moxon and they are--
- Small in physical size.
- Outstanding front to back ratio.
- The Moxon is a 50 ohm antenna and is rather broadbanded.
Take a moment and check out the Moxon Antenna Project. Especially if one is new to ham radio and is looking for a Saturday antenna project using wire, living on a budget, with limited space.
73 from the shack.