All About Baluns

Thanks again to Roger Steyaert K7RXV who found these excellent articles about baluns and got permission from Roy W. Lewallen W7EL to share them on this site. Understanding the basic information in these articles will help you understand some of the technical presentations we’ve got coming up in future club meetings. If you have any issues with these links, just google the article titles and you’ll find them.

“Baluns: What They Do And How They Do It” 

“The 1:1 Current Balun”





SWR – The Persistent Myth

This PDF is a very good explanation of SWR. Club member Roger Steyaert K7RXV got permission from its author, John Fielding ZS5JF, to put a link to it on our web page.

If you have issues accessing this document, ZS6WR is the club call for an amateur radio club in South Africa. You can use a Google search for ZS6WR and then on the right side of the home page click on antennas and you go to a list of antenna articles including this one.

From this right club website’s sidebar there are also links to lots of other educational resources you might find interesting:

Remember that some of the terms used appear at first glance to be incorrect. You have to translate things into British English then everything is correct. Remember that South Africa was a Britsh Colony for many years.

Learn Morse Code Online

We try to share educational opportunities when they come our way. Here’s an interesting one for youth and adults alike who are interested in learning Morse Code. This was sent to our club Secretary:

If there is an interest in learning Morse code – I’m emailing you to encourage your students (and if interested, YOU) to sign up for CW Academy. Over 5000 students have participated in CWA since 2015, and we have a youth-oriented program that groups young people with other students their own age. Quite a number of young (some as young as 9 years old) CW operators, both contesters and rag chewers, have graduated from youth CWA. Classes are held on-line (using SKYPE or Zoom), and we have students from all over the world participating. Continue reading “Learn Morse Code Online”


This is another dual month letter due to the Covid-19 virus and the effects
it has had on the Amateur Radio community in Virginia and around the
world. I do not need to repeat the details of all the ham radio
activities that have been canceled. However in some few cases as a
result of some partial reopening of activities, hams have been able to
partially create some activities. There really is not any major changes
in the Covid-19 restrictions from my last report. My reporting is
designed to help all hams keep up with the goings-on the ham radio world
in Virginia as well as the world. If I make a mistake, please let me
know as I try to be as accurate as possible. Continue reading “September-October 2020 VIRGINIA SECTION UPDATE LETTER”

HamCation 2021 postponed to 2022

The pandemic strikes again.

It was just announced by HamCation, that they are postponing their 2021 Hamfest in Orlando, Florida. This is quite significant because HamCation is the world’s 2nd largest ham get-together. CLICK HERE to read a whole letter from Michael Cauley, W4MCA, Chairman of the event. Here is an excerpt:

“After much deliberation, the difficult decision to postpone the 75th HamCation was made. It is with heavy hearts that we must make this decision. We had wished to see all of you next year in person, but the situation we face globally has made this challenging. Instead, HamCation will be moved to February 11-13, 2022. We are looking to host some unique Webinars, a QSO Party and possibly Prize Drawings for 2021. More information to come on our website soon.”