Tag Archives: ham radio

Broadcastify, through RadioReference.

Untitled…allows you to listen to live scanner traffic in most places:

www.broadcastify.com/listen/?rl=rr

And then, if you have your own scanner/radio and want to obtain frequencies:

www.radioreference.com/apps/db/

I recommend subscribing to their database service, which is regularly updated and maintained – especially for digital programming and trunked systems!

Particularly if you have software to help…. .

sixspot software.

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Discone Antenna

Installed a discone antenna on my roof a few weekends ago – I had a lot of help from my FIL:

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Bracketing and drip loop.

 

 

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Antenna, mast, coaxial and ground cables all installed.
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The antenna itself.

I later took it down, as we had some frightening lightning storms roll through over the week after this antenna went up.  I had yet to install a ground on the coaxial, and did not want the house to burn down in the event of any lightning strike.  Perhaps I was overly-concerned.  Maybe not.

I did receive significant improvement in signals – I could pick up four counties instead of just two.  This antenna was connected to a hand-held Uniden Trunk-Tracker scanner.

Get into ham radio – it is fun, and you can learn much.  As well, you can keep in touch with those you care most about.

I am looking forward to getting some better cable, and if I put the antenna back up, will improve my grounding – not just a rod, but a system.

The only thing I would add is that RadioShack discones are not very sturdy.  The Nylon base of the whip cracked while the antenna was in storage – not even exposed to the weather outdoors.

When talking about grounding systems, reference is often made to multiple ground rods connected together, and certainly a ground on the coaxial, often to the house ground itself.  The key is keeping energy out.  Lightning is not your friend.

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…the cracked nylon base. This antenna was only up for about two weeks…