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November Meeting: Antenna Simulation

Wouldn't it be nice to know what antenna is best? There are lots of numbers available showing the performance of various antenna types, but the question remains of how well will they perform in your particular environment. What if you can't get one the ideal height above ground, or there is a lot of metal in the neighborhood?

Now there's a way to make some educated guesses using computer simulation. There are a number of programs available for the home computer that will let you model a proposed antenna in your situation. At our November 9 UARC meeting, Jed Petrovich, AD7KG, will be giving us some of the details about antenna simulation. Jed is an active DXer and has an antenna setup better than many of us. He will be telling us what is available in simulation programs and how helpful they can be.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 9, in room L-103 (level L1) of the Warnock Engineering on the University of Utah campus. Take the elevator near the soutwest corner of the building. (The elevators near the east entrance do not go there!)

UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M., in the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus. The meetings during the University's fall semester of 2017 will be in room L-103 on level L1.

See the map for information on finding the building. The room number varies depending on availability.

Of course, the meeting will include the “standard” meeting features:

  • Availability of ARRL books from Brett or John, the “book ladies”
  • An opportunity to join UARC or renew your membership
  • An opportunity to join ARRL or renew your membership
  • The chance to meet face-to-face the people you talk to on the air
  • The “Meeting after the meeting”: A chance to enjoy pizza or other gastronomic delights with other hams. It happens at Litza's Pizza, 716 E. 400 South.
  • The “Meeting before the meeting”: A similar get-together for those who can leave work early enough to get there by 5:15 P.M. These are held at “The Village Inn,” 910 E. 400 South.

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Last updated 10-15-2017.