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My name is Dick Pronk. My QTH is located at the westcoast of the Netherlands.
I started my radio hobby in 1965. In the beginning I worked in CW only. A period
that lasted from 1965 till 1975. In 1975 I moved to the present location, but was
unable to rig up an antenna and therefore remained dormant until around 2001.
That year I made and installed a 25 foot whip aerial and purchased a new
transceiver. This became the Yaesu FT-920. A SG-230 smarttuner couples the
transceiver to the antenna and does this job rather satisfying.
I am now working on all bands between 160 to 6 meters with CW, SSB, SSTV, PSK,
HELL, RTTY, etc.
For local QSOs I use on 2 meter and 70 cm a Yaesu FT8800 dualband transceiver.

I am member of the Dutch radio amateur club VERON. QSL cards can be sent through
them. Cards can also be sent electronically via EQSL.cc

I am also to be found in QRZ.com.









Repairing/restoring old tube radios has also my interest and because of that I became member of the NVHR society here in the Netherlands. This club hosts members who are very knowledgable about vintage radios, and the like. More info you will find on their website.


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For those who still own a Geloso VFO, like I do, is here an original copy of the Geloso 4/101 – 4/102 model.

Geloso VFO



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There was need for another antenna for 144 Mhz (2 meter). The former had perished during the years. This time I wanted to make an antenna myself and my thoughts went to the wellknown J-Pole antenna. On the internet there are numerous pictures, samples, schematics and explanations to be found. I picked one, and built the one seen in this picture.














It was not very difficult to make this antenna. Copperpipe, found at the local hardware store of DIY shop, with a Ø of 12 mm was used. Metal saddles suited for this kind of waterpipe and a 1½ by 2½ inch wood pole to install it on. The connector is a N-type and the RF filter is 4 to 5 turns of coax with a diameter around 15 cm. I used RG-223 coax here. But other coax types can be used. The RF filter is just an extension of the coax feedline, coiled, before connected to the aerial. All very simple and easy to make. The SWR on 144 MHz was 1:1.3 and 1:1.5 at each end of the 2 meter band. This setup can also be used for 430 MHz (70 cm) without any problem at all. The SWR was even better here.



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