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February Meeting: Introduction to Antenna Modeling

Past UARC President Ron Jones, K7RJ, once said “It’s great to do the calculations to find the ideal antenna, but when all is said and done, the antenna goes where the trees are.” He had a point. Our antenna choices are limited by available space, zoning rules, XYL preferences, home owners associations, and budgets. But wouldn’t it be nice to know up front how a real antenna placed “where the trees are” will perform, even if you can't get 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 February 8 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, February 8, in room 2050 (the “Robison” classroom) of the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus.

The front elevators in the Warnock Building have the second floor locked out in the evening. There are two possible solutions for the handicapped. The first is to get into the elevator and then send an able-bodied person up the stairs to the second floor to call the elevator. The second method is to find your way to the elevator in the southwest corner of the building (the same elevator we have been using during fall semester) and use it to access the second floor.

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 spring semester of 2017 will be in room 2050 on the second floor.

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 01-14-2018.