Antenna testing event

Antenna testing at WT8K

Sunday April 8, starting at 8 AM

Sunday April 8 the second OVARC antenna testing event will take place at W8TK, with setup starting at 8 AM.  See directions and photo below.

The testing will be similar to that done at Picacho Peak but with enhancements.  There will be more space for antennas.  The event is antenna testing only, eliminating conflict with nearby transmitters or shared time. There will be equipment for testing both HF and VHF/UHF antennas.

As before, antennas can be tested or directly compared one to another for received signal amplitude, noise floor, SNR, and 'copyability' using an SDR.  This works best if there are two or more antennas for each band tested.  Although there are limitations due to QSB, differing directionality among antennas, etc., this is an opportunity to see how various antennas might perform in a real-world field setup.

Bring HF, VHF, and UHF antennas, or just show up to cheer the antenna raisers along.  Extra hands to raise masts and tie off guys will be warmly welcomed.  There will be plenty of time to look around, ask questions, and 'talk antennas.'

Setup:  Bring your antenna(s), supports if you have them, and coax if you can.  There will be several supports and coax available but more is better.  To help planning, please give some idea of the antenna type(s) you will bring and how they will be hung / mounted.

If you are likely to bring an antenna, please send a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we have some idea of the number of antennas to expect.  A note is NOT required.  Last minute antennas will be welcomed.

Directions to W8TK

From Thornydale, take Lambert west 0.8 mile until it appears to end.  Turn right (north) and in about 0.4 mile you will encounter a short wall with mailboxes on your left (see photo).  You will also see my 80 ft tower.  Take the dirt road next to the mailboxes west to the first driveway on your right.  We will be setting up on the east side of the casita.  Be prepared to deal with cactus! 

Note that this will be the location for Field Day 2018.