Make a Two-Meter J-Pole Antenna from Lamp Cord

In this episode of ARRL’s monthly On The Air podcast: “Building an antenna doesn’t have to involve yards of aluminum tubing and long runs of coax. It can be as simple as soldering and snipping (carefully!) a length of lamp cord. Frequent On the Air and QST contributor Dino Papas, KL0S, provides insight into the construction and tuning of this J-pole antenna, which he built for On the Air from a design by John H. Unrath, K6JHU. Along the way he and host Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, uncover a bit of J-pole history and dig into why an antenna analyzer is a must-have if you decide to build this project.”1

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Eclectic Tech is a biweekly magazine-style podcast which highlights technical and scientific topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology. The podcast often features interviews with individuals who are involved in projects of interest to radio amateurs. The host of Eclectic Tech is Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Eclectic Tech is ARRL's successor to its acclaimed The Doctor is In podcast which presented lively discussions of many technical aspects of Amateur Radio from April 7, 2016, to December 19, 2019.

The first episode of Eclectic Tech was published on February 13, 2020.

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