A 2017 MESSAGE TO MY VISITORS
First of all, I wish to thank all of you who visited my site in 2016.
Looking back on 2016, I am hard pressed whether to declare it a good year or a bad year. I had several things on my to-do list and finished few of them. On the other hand, I had a few positive surprises and accomplishments which were not planned.
FIRST: Here is what I wanted to accomplish and actually finished:
- My 2015 "Battle of Baluns" field research on baluns for an 80m OCFD. Finished very late (June) due to very long lasting winter.
- The design of and building of a working model of the new Aerial-51 807-UL (and 807) OCFD antenna. I actually have two working 807-UL and one of them has been on the road with contesters and DX-peditioners non-stop. Feedback is very positive.
Here is what I accomplished, although I had not planned for it when the year began:
- The creation and bringing to market my own brand of hf transceiver. The Aerial-51 Model SKY-SDR is now on the market and selling. In the past I never even dreamed of having my own brand of radios.
- The design of an 80m antenna which occupies the space of a 40m dipole, yet uses no traps. This antenna is working but not fully optimized. I have not yet published any information on how I accomplished this.
- Obtained permission from Fred Annecke to use all of his father's catalog content on my web site. With this, I can now post any of Alfred Annecke's original documents on my web.
Here is what I planned, but failed to accomplish:
- Establishing production of the 807 and 807-UL antennas by Spiderbeam.
- Updating my MATCHBOX SHOOTOUT file
- Uploading a detailed description of the 3rd Symmetrical matchbox by DF2BC. In the meantime Alfred has published information on yet a 4th matchbox and it looks better than the first 3. Lots to do here.
- Continue working on the section "Modern Antennas".
INDEED, THE LIST OF FAILURES EXCEEDS THE LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
- Finally finish and launch the 807 family of OCFD antennas.
- Create 3 or 4 suggestions for 60m antennas.
- Finish the half-size 80m antenna and upload the plans to my web.
- Announce and deliver a new hf mobile transceiver as 2nd product in my line of hf transceivers.
- Finish uploading DF2BC's matchbox plans to my web.
- Finish the MATCHBOX SHOOTOUT update.
- RETIRE FROM SPIDERBEAM (on December 31)
I WISH ALL OF MY VISITORS HEALTH AND HAPPINESS FOR 2017.
MOST OF ALL I HOPE THE WORLD
CAN FIND A WAY
TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE.
73 - Rick, DJ0IP