HT Range Booster
-RADIO NOT INCLUDED
Improves SWR - Saves battery pack - Lowers Radiation Angle - Improves both Rx and Tx
What's a RangeBooster?
A limp, unobtrusive tail attached to the top of your 2 meter hand held transceiver just under its standard rubber ducky. It goes where the HT goes and just hangs down. It never gets in the way. But it makes waves. You can see and hear the difference.
How does it work?
Simple. RangeBooster is the missing half of your antenna. Without it, the ground bus on the transceiver circuit board (too small) and your body (a big resistor) are all your antenna has to work against. But with RandgeBooster in the picture, antenna efficiency jumps, and signal is radiated low to the ground instead of shooting off into the clouds.
Hear and see the Difference.
Set your Transceiver to the repeater with the weakest signal. Key it up and measure the signal strength. Remove the flex or quarterwave antenna temporarily from the handheld. Slip RangeBooster over the antenna connector, then replace the antenna. Key up the repeater, and measure signal strength again. You can hear and see the difference. For BNC antenna HT's.
Pocket-J 144/70cm Antenna
Tough dual-band Pocket-J for the traveling man or the condo dweller. Hang-anywhere style and extra range can save life in an emergency.
Hang it anywhere from a tree on a window. Works just like a regular Jpole except it roll-up. It even has its own 5' feedline.
James H. Gray W1XU
During my years of traveling around the eastern United states on business or vacation, I often wished I had a small, inexpensive and easy-to-use antenna to match my little hand-held 2 meter. Occasionally I had an HF rig in my car, but more often it was the little 2 meter radio which was useful and fun. On long road trips it alleviated boredom, kept me awake and almost always assisted be to find a motel, restaurant, or other ham's QTH. On such trips the mobile antenna was fine until I needed more range form the motel. When I traveled by plane, the rig was the handheld with no amplifier. It had only a small telescoping whip that I could extend to about 19 inches. If I happened to be close enough to a repeater in a large city, that was fine and I managed to "work" the locals in spite of low power and a minimal antenna.
But there were occasions when there was no local repeater, or when I was inside a steel-and-concrete building. At such time I wasn't able to make any contacts at all and had to resort to dull tedious television programs before going to bed.
If you face similar problems when traveling light and by air, you know how it feels to be alone among the many.
The Pocket-J Solution
Today, the traveling' man has ready solution to the problem: a neat antenna product by Antennas & More and called the "Pocket-J." It meets all the requirements set forth in the first sentence. Pocket means "small," as in it fits in your pocket, and "J" stands for "J-pole," the well-known low- angle, omnidirectional vertically polarized antenna--just what's needed for 2 meters.
Antennas & More Pocket-J offers some features not found in the usual J-pole. For example, the feedpoint is already found and matched for you, and the antenna is small and light--so much so that it can be rolled up and slipped into a small eyeglasses case. It looks like a sleek black ribbon 55 inches long. A six-foot small-diameter coax feedline comes off the bottom. Its gold-pin BNC attaches directly to your radio.
A small loop at the top may be slipped over a curtain rod or a nail or any other suitable projection. And Antennas & More thoughtfully provides a small suction cup with an embedded hook that can be slapped up on a window or any smooth surface, and presto!--you're on the air!.
Pocket-J is completely weather-sealed and could be hung outdoors if you wish. Otherwise, you can hang it in a closet or doorway; in fact, anywhere that is convenient and where your signal won't be blocked. The extra reach provided by this beauty could save life in an emergency, and is always useful when just plain chatting with the locals.
Your Pocket-J stretches range, improves reception, reaches far-away repeaters, and saves your battery pack.
The measured VWSR is less than 2:1 between 142 and 150 MHz--ideal for CAP,MARS, and other services near the 2 meter band---and is a beautiful 1:1 at 146 MHz. Not bad, eh?
On a recent trip I tucked Pocket-J into my briefcase, right next to the handheld. No, I didn't even use the "duckie" or the telescoping whip because I had all I needed in this one neat antenna. Maybe you'll find the same.