Brad O'Dell

Pota on the Knife Antenna (related article)

High Rez Images For Constructing Knife Antenna

**Feedline and radials are 9′!  All other dimensions are in photos!**


The SILICONE wire I use

The Connectors I use

The Feedline I use (Cut this in half and make 2 knife antennas)

Knife Antenna Videos

Video 1 (Unpack)

Video 2 (Throw)

Video 3 (Assemble)

Video 4 (Assembly Explination)

Video 5 (Operation Explination) <——- Start here if you have no patience (Like me).

Video 6 (Operation Example)

France 5w

80M Knife Antenna

Video 1 Video 2 Video 3

The CARC membership voted unanimously today, bestowing an honorary, lifetime club membership to Ronnie KW4RD Flemmings. (AKA The Voice of the Carolinas)

Ronnie has been a pillar of the W4CQ radio repeater and the community it serves for many years. Countless hams will recall Ronnie as their first contact for two reasons. 1. Because he is always on the darn repeater, and 2. because he is absolutely unforgettable. Ronnie has never met a stranger and will talk to anyone as though they are family*. (“Hamily” as he calls it) 

Ronnie was a CB operator for about 35 years before becoming a HAM. It was the help of family and his friend, Tony (N4ATJ) that made it possible to get his Extra Class Ticket.  Before becoming KW4RD, Ronnie made his first contact with Oscar (W4OXH) as KM4LOH. Oscar, who knew Ronnie from CB, jokingly asked him “What took you so long?” (35 years) Ronnie’s antics with Oscar, who is also visually impaired, began immediately and continued for many years.

Most recently, Ronnie has been a driving force in the rejuvenation of the CARC, and is responsible for a great number of Hams joining the club. His epic pledge-driven-performance at Chick Fil A, eating 28 chicken minis in an hour, raised funds to secure two new antennas for the 2WF repeaters.

It is with great gratitude that CARC recognizes Ronnie KW4RD Flemings as a lifetime member and as our ambassador of good will World Wide!

My son, K1FFF,  was able to send a photo from my IC-9700 to my ID-51 thru the W4WBT repeater.

We were both approximately 11 miles from 2wF and about a mile apart.

I believe the interference at the bottom was caused by someone else sending analog into the repeater.

I plan to remedy this by disabling analog FM and locking the repeater to Digital operation only.

This opens the possibility of some directed nets where we can trade pics.

Everyone on the repeater can get the picture at the same time, but only one station could send.



The next major purchase for the club will be a pair of Crescend 100w amplifiers.

The cost will be approximately $4500.00.

It is our intention to find corporate sponsorship for these devices, as membership has already given enough towards the repeater upgrades.

We are looking for an “IN” with a potential donor with whom you have an association.

If you know of a sympathetic contact at company in or around Charlotte who donates to 501(c)(3) originations, please contact Lou HERE.

CARC would love to provide a customized solicitation letter to anyone wanting to deliver it, and would otherwise appreciate good leads we can follow.


Donations for the 2WF project can be made HERE.

Thanks to the support of our membership, and KW4RD’s appetite for chicken minis, the antennas have been ordered.

We have started our  3-6 week wait for the custom-built antennas to arrive.

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