This page has miscellaneous ham and RF resources.
My favorite antenna calculator on Android:
To determine what your repeater performance should be use Radio Mobile (free). To use it, buy the package that contains the how to. It installs it so it works and guides you through the setup. Radio Mobile is available at:
My amatuer radio call sign is WB8VSU. There is a UHF repeater running under my call sign (club repeater) in Miamisburg. For the Hamvention location in 2017, there should be coverage for HT ‘s as long as you are using a single band HT. The obvious reason is all the RF in the area of the Hamvention location defenses the dual band / wide band HT’ s. Single band HTs are more immune to the defense. According to Radio Mobile a VX-2 should work.
Here is a link to what the repeaters coverage area is which was created from Radio Mobile for a 35 watt mobile with a 5 dBi gain antenna:
For lightning protection best resources are Polyphasers book and the ARRL Handbook. The ARRL Handbook contains good electrical safety information for the amatuer radio operator as well. Links:
On Friday January 5, 2018 I did a presentation at the Dayton Amatuer Radio Association titled “Basic Lightning Protection for Communications Towers”. The links used in the presentation are at: https://sites.google.com/site/darathursdaynite/technical-information/grounding-presentation-wb8vsu-jim
The story of the WLW transmitter is Cincinnati Ohio:
To see how easy to make an antenna to use in a emergency situation see:
For Amateur Radio related items you can email me at my call sign @arrl.net.
A spreadsheet to calculate resistance to ground for ground rods of varying lengths and diameters along with varying soil resistance. Download the file at this link: