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DX Commander - Military / Commercial Option

banana-antenna-stockMilitary / Government Security Option DX Commander ALE/ABV system, fully built and tested to 400 Watts on each band: Roll-out, measure and cut the 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 12 and 10m elements and label each element appropriately We'll crimp and solder each element to a high-quality fork-connector We create appropriate loops with glue-lined heat shrink More Info »
Price: £970.00

DX Commander Supply and Build Service & Test for DX Commander ALE Antenna

quarter-vs-three-quarter-wavelength-vertical-antenna-plotWarning: The price quoted for this is to put you off buying my time. This is a day's work and I don't really have that time (sorry). Remember, the whole idea of the DX Commander is to economical, fun to build (and easy). However, if you really do want to hire me for a day, More Info »
Price: £650.00

40m 4-square - complete system (economy kit)

From the archive: Obligatory evening shot of a three element 40m arrayThis listing is for the complete antenna hardware to make a 4-square for 40m. Not supplied is the phasing lines or the switchbox. You may either make your own or purchase the pre-made 4-way 4-square from Array Solutions (for example). They will also supply phasing lines too. What's in the box: 4 x 10m flexible DX Commander More Info »
Price: £299.00

DX Commander 40m 3 element vertical array £299

From the archive: Obligatory evening shot of a three element 40m arrayHours of planning, modelling and experimentation both in software with MMANA and also real-world testing has finally produced an excellent and extremely economical method of producing excellent DX gain in one direction with reasonable front-to-back ratio with fast set-up time and potential for /P operations for the heavy duty operator. (Scroll down to add to cart) IN More Info »
Price: £299.00

4 x 10mDXC Bulk Order 4 x 10m Telescopic Poles 4-square

barebonesfeaturedimageThis listing is for individuals looking to buy an experimental 4-square or perhaps a giant quad. Alternatively, use this to save £££$$$ with your friends. In the box: 4 x 10mDXC. That's 4 x regular 10m poles, allowing you a bulk discount. Guying: Tie three small guy ropes / paracord to a single hose clamp More Info »
Price: £179.00

Multi-band 80m-6m HF Antenna /P ALE Compliant Antenna Survival Prep SOTA Kit

featured-image-premiumAll Band Vertical (ABV) 9-bands (80m through 6m). This is EXACTLY the same kit as the Premium DX Commander All-Band-Vertical. Over time, I have morphed these products together so you can order either. You'll get the same product :) Max power rating 250W SSB, 100W Continuous (FT8 / RTTY) Suitable for: ALE Communications* SSB, CW, More Info »
Price: £149.00

DX Commander Premium Build - HF Multi-Band Vertical System

featured-image-premiumThis listing is for the Classic version of the DX Commander vertical. Ideally suited to Christmas Presents, Birthday Presents and for those people who need a "plug-and-play" approach to their operating with a small amount of prep. Max power rating 250W SSB, 100W Continuous (FT8 / RTTY) This is EXACTLY the same kit as the 80m / More Info »
Price: from £149.00
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DX Commander Bare Bones Complete 10m Multi-Band HF Vertical

barebonesfeaturedimageSEE LATEST DX Commander ABV Release Notes 2017 I listened! Some of you wanted an economical bare-bones system without all the little "bits". Here it is! Note: Using Nylon 6 or UHMWPE, this is suitable for world-wide QRO operation. Of course QRP will work just the same. This is the listing for the "Bare-Bones" system which More Info »
Price: £105.00£99.00

DX Commander Lite 4-band vertical

featured-image-DXCLITEBuilding on the success of the DX Commander All-Band-Vertical (Classic), this super economical lightweight system delivers multi-band performance from 30m and upwards. Choose any three bands, trim elements (in user guide) and you're away. If you want 30m band, you'll also get 10m and 6m bands too. > See User Guide <  Most on-board ATUs More Info »
Price: £92.50

Compact HF 4-Square Telescopic Pole System 4 x 7mDXC

7m-featured-imageSuitable for experimenters for 30m and shorter wavelengths, say 20m or maybe 17m. In the box: 4 x 7mDXC Poles (only). Build a quad, 4-square or maybe an experimental phased array. Legendary DX Commander in quality, just a smaller version of its big brother, the 10m DX Commander and delivers you just under 7m in More Info »
Price: £75.00

DX Commander all-band conversion kit

featuredimage-ground-plateThis is the QRO conversion kit using either Nylon 6 or UHMWPE plastic. It's taken me a few years to get the dimensions "just right" and is the expensive part of the project. In the box: Ground Plate(2018 spec, not with long tab) Driven Plate (2018 spec, 150mm diameter) Guy Plate (Upgraded to 8mm thick) Upper More Info »
Price: £64.75

10m DX Commander (SOTA) Travel Pole

10mdxc-tp-feature-image10m high, 17 section Telescopic Pole. Preliminary spec follows (included beautifully crafted protective cloth bag too). Approximate length (when extended) 9.5m Weight: 1.3kg Packed length: 70cms Wall thickness; from 1.6mm (bottom) to 0.5mm (top) Pole diameter: 47mm With DX Commander Lower Screw Cap: 56mm Hollow tip: This means for 40m (and 15m), cut about 10.5m of wire, More Info »
Price: £65.00£59.50

10m Telescopic Flag Pole Antenna Support DX Commander

From the archive: Obligatory evening shot of a three element 40m arrayDX Commander Antennas: These are the best selling heavy duty telescopic antenna support on the market. With over 500 sold and 100% track record, I know what I’m doing – and I use these myself in real-world RF applications. Club members, personal friends and other regular amateurs love the quality and (as yet!) nobody has More Info »
Price: from £49.50
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200m Antenna Comms Wire

d10Military specification 200m insulated stranded wire with 4 copper and 3 steel wires in a twisted configuration. The copper wire is tinned hard-drawn copper and the steel reinforcing wires are galvanised for added strength and durability. The techno-blurb says that it is is a "flexible, yet tough single-pair wire for all types of terrain. It More Info »
Price: £45.00

Antenna Tow Ball Mount

tow-ball-featured-imageIMPORTANT NOTE: This is an experimental tow-ball mount. Under test, I achieved some extreme loading however I can take no responsibility for anything going wrong. Playing with portable antennas inevitable leads to the odd "accident". So please do your own risk-assessment by calculating what would happen in any failure and that you have considered the risk to life or property is minimised More Info »
Price: £44.00

100m Antenna Comms Wire

d10Military specification 100m insulated stranded wire with 4 copper and 3 steel wires in a twisted configuration. The copper wire is tinned hard-drawn copper and the steel reinforcing wires are galvanised for added strength and durability. The techno-blurb says that it is is a "flexible, yet tough single-pair wire for all types of terrain. It More Info »
Price: £29.00

Warranty Refurb Service

warrantyBrand new replacement - only for those customers that have had an accident. Lifetime Warranty / School-Boy error replacement service. This is effectively a "no profit" *new* replacement for any engineering which you might have tried - and it failed. From stressing too much on inverted L, guying it too tightly, standing on the pole, More Info »
Price: £24.90

Lightweight 6mm Angle Custom Guy Stakes

guy-stake-featured-imageSet of 3 x 30cm long heavy-duty - but lightweight guying stakes cut from 6mm Aluminium angle with single chamfered hole (both sides) and 90 degree (2 x 45 degree cut) points. Ideally suited for DX Commander verticals however these obviously will work for most home-brew vertical projects. Most projects will require three of these More Info »
Price: £30.00£24.50

7m DX Commander Telescopic Antenna Pole for Dipoles, Doublets and Verticals

7m-featured-imageLegendary DX Commander introduces the new 7m telescopic pole. This is the small version of its big brother, the 10m DX Commander and delivers you just under 7m in height. BTW, if you need this pole quick, just talk to me. I normally ship same-day. If you need a heavier pole, take a look at More Info »
Price: £24.90£22.40

Black PE4 Nylon Cut Plates for 10m DXC

black-platesThis is suitable for 100W radios. Do not use with an amplifier. In the box: 8mm thick PE4 Guy Plate 5mm thick PE4 Upper Spreader 5mm thick Top Double-Eye These plates are exactly the same as the 2018 spec DX Commander All-Band-Vertical Nylon plates except they are completely black and cut from PE4 sheet with an More Info »
Price: £17.90

DX Commander Stay-Up Kit hose-clamps and collars

pic2Ideal for DX Commander poles - and most other telescopic poles too. This is a an 8-piece Jubilee type Hose-Clamp set of appropriate size complete with UV resistant 8mm id tubing. Clamps to be fitted at the bottom of each section (not the top of each section) so that it's impossible for the pole to More Info »
Price: £14.00

7m high Double-Eye spare part

double-eye-featured-imageLots of people asking me for one of the new double-eyes. Happy to send you one chaps but since I'm super, super busy, you'll have to go through the "workflow" here so that I can get the labels printed off automagically - else I'll forget to post your goodie to you.  
Price: £5.00

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From the archive: Obligatory evening shot of a three element 40m array

DX Commander 40m 3 element vertical array £299

Hours of planning, modelling and experimentation both in software with MMANA and also real-world testing has finally produced an excellent and extremely economical method of producing excellent DX gain in one direction with reasonable front-to-back ratio with fast set-up time and potential for /P operations for the heavy duty operator. (Scroll down to ...

Read More

Antenna Tow Ball Mount

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an experimental tow-ball mount. Under test, I achieved some extreme loading however I can take no responsibility for anything going wrong. Playing with portable antennas inevitable leads to the odd "accident". So please do your own risk-assessment by calculating what would happen in any failure and that you have considered the ...

Read More

DX Commander Bare Bones Complete 10m Multi-Band HF Vertical

SEE LATEST DX Commander ABV Release Notes 2017 I listened! Some of you wanted an economical bare-bones system without all the little "bits". Here it is! Note: Using Nylon 6 or UHMWPE, this is suitable for world-wide QRO operation. Of course QRP will work just the same. This is the listing for the "Bare-Bones" ...

Read More

DX Commander all-band conversion kit

This is the QRO conversion kit using either Nylon 6 or UHMWPE plastic. It's taken me a few years to get the dimensions "just right" and is the expensive part of the project. In the box: Ground Plate(2018 spec, not with long tab) Driven Plate (2018 spec, 150mm diameter) Guy Plate (Upgraded to 8mm thick) Upper ...

Read More

DX Commander Premium Build - HF Multi-Band Vertical System

This listing is for the Classic version of the DX Commander vertical. Ideally suited to Christmas Presents, Birthday Presents and for those people who need a "plug-and-play" approach to their operating with a small amount of prep. Max power rating 250W SSB, 100W Continuous (FT8 / RTTY) This is EXACTLY the same kit as ...

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M0MCX Banana Antenna - an end-fed choke sleeve resonant feedline T2LT antenna design

A new document fully documenting the design of the Banana Antenna has now been released entitled, "Banana, a Half Wave End-Fed Choked Coax Antenna". Antenna can be known as - and is similar to: Sleeve Dipole / Flowerpot Antenna The Sleeve dipole has traditionally been used by VHF antenna designers by sliding an ...

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JT65 UK Band Plan and how to stay within

The 5 MHz band is pretty cool and I've written about it before however out the box, JT65 allows you to very easily transmit out of band on 60m band. The segment we're interested in the UK is the freq block between 5.354 and 5.358. This has taken me a little ...

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Introduction to the 60m Band Plan (5 MHz)

60m is an interesting band. it's partly channelised into small segments and the propagation is a cross-breed of 40m and 80m.The band was first introduced apparently in 2002. Over the years, various countries have allowed their amateurs radio operators to use the band. All this is negotiated and approved in conjunction ...

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From the archive: Obligatory evening shot of a three element 40m array

10m Telescopic Flag Pole Antenna Support DX Commander

DX Commander Antennas: These are the best selling heavy duty telescopic antenna support on the market. With over 500 sold and 100% track record, I know what I’m doing – and I use these myself in real-world RF applications. Club members, personal friends and other regular amateurs love the quality and ...

Read More

Working 15m band on a 40m vertical antenna

Note: This article discusses the merits of a 3/4 (three quarter wave) vertical -vs- a 1/4 (quarter wave) antenna. You can build a 40m vertical quarter wave antenna and ground mount it with 16 x 4m radials and operate it at the third harmonic; 21MHz. Actually, all my experimentation has shown that ...

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Converting a 40m vertical to run on 80m / 75m band

Recently, I created a slightly loaded 40m vertical with 25 ground radials. It seems to work very well although the receive noise is pretty lousy compared to my loops and dipoles, however on transmit, it does seem to work as planned; a typical 1/4 wave pattern that outperforms regular dipoles at low angles of ...

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Raising Steel Antenna Mast on T&K brackets with pulley

I'm gradually swapping out any aluminium antenna poles for steel. Clearly these are very heavy, particularly with an antenna on top. The trick is to use V bolts (like U clamps but in a V shape) and not to use saddle clamps because the pole will not slide easily past the ...

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How to make a stealth amateur radio wire antenna

How to make a stealth amateur radio wire antenna

Until recently, I had a) a 40m triangular loop in the back garden which I called a "micro-mega-loop" and b) a 60m loaded loop that allowed me to get on 80m. The two loops looked a bit horrendous not only because of the wire in the air, but because I ...

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Special Event Operating Procedures

This note will be particularly beneficial to those who may be required to run a special event station either on the lower bands or maybe on VHF. These tips & tricks will also help you anywhere on the band, regardless of your circumstances. Preface: There are a number of aspects that ...

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Coax Loss Comparison

I can never find the comparison charts between RG213 and Henry Westlake's Westflex W-103. At last, I'll have this logged forever now. Per 100 meters: RG213/URM67(Mil spec) Westflex 103  100 MHz                      7 dB 3.2 dB  144 MHz                    8.5 dB 4.5 dB  200 MHz                     10 dB 5.4 dB  300 MHz                     13 dB 6.2 dB  432 MHz                     15 dB 7.5 dB  1000 MHz                   27 dB 13.0 ...

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Trying to find the DX Commander Lite 7m multi-band vertical on YouTube? It’s here:

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Need a quick logger in spreadsheet format?

Confused? See the film here:

I notice that CamDesk is offline. This is my download which I originally deleted – but since I have discovered that CamDesk is offline, I managed to find it in my recycle bin for others to use.

This is a ZIP file. Obviously take necessary precautions when unzipping etc. I’ve had this installed for about 2-months.

NOTE: It’s a self executing program file. It doesn’t need DLLs and doesn’t “install” itself in Windows. It just runs from the install directory and you can move it around, say on a USB stick if you like.

When is an Ugly Balun just dead weight? Check out my facts and figures for Choke Baluns.

How to make high quality local contacts within a 500 mile radius.

Fan dipoles are the easiest multi-band antenna you may wish to have a go at.

You can buy an expensive switch box to accomplish phased array system. But to test out the theory if you’d like to go down this route, you could try a simple vertical yagi?

Check out my film and decide for yourself.

Make your decision wisely.

Tips for new Ham Radio (Amateur Radio) operators.

We have all made mistakes when we buy the wrong radio.

I give you some tips to work out how to achieve perfection. Well, certainly a balance!

I thoroughly recommend adding a dimension to your club station or special event station by live-streaming your event.

It’s not as hard as you think – and the tools are free.

Check it out.