Are you ready for Field Day? DX Engineering can help you stock up on supplies and gear to ensure your club’s event goes off without a hitch. Take some time to peruse your new DX Engineering catalog, and check out these new products to help make your Field Day a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone.

Wire antennas are a great choice for your Field Day station: they’re compact, easy to deploy and offer exceptional performance. DX Engineering carries wire antennas from several brands, including MFJ.MFJ Power-Lite Off-Center Fed Dipole Antennas MFJ-2016

  • Visit DXEngineering.com to see the entire selection of MFJ wire antennas – there are over a dozen to choose from
  • MFJ makes wire antennas for virtually every HF band, including six meters
    • Most of its wire antennas will handle full legal limit power
      • That gives you the best opportunity to make contacts throughout the weekend
    • Plus, they’re durable enough to withstand the rigors of yearly Field Day setup and teardown

Want a hassle-free way to hang your wire antenna quickly? Check out EZ Hang.

  • EZ Hang Kits are a modern spin on the familiar “slingshot” design
    • Imagine: a fishing reel, attached to a slingshot with a tennis ball attached to the line
  • Simply pull back the band and let your antenna rope fly
  • These kits will speed up your Field Day setup and make sure you maximize your performance by installing the antenna at its optimum height
  • Two EZ Hang kit versions are available, depending on your application
    • Make sure to check local laws regarding slingshots before you buy

Once you’ve set up your Field Day antennas, make sure they’re working at their full potential—RigExpert Antenna Analyzers are invaluable tools for testing, checking, tuning, or repairing antennas and feedlines

  • RigExpert Antenna Analyzers AA-1400They can also be used to test coaxial cable assemblies
  • They measure the capacitance or inductance of reactive loads
  • Drastically cut down on antenna adjustment time
  • Simple, battery powered operation and a large display makes them easy to use out in the field
    • Provides graphic representation of SWR, impedance, loss, and more
  • Several analyzers are available, depending on what frequency range you want to cover

Station performance isn’t always about having the newest radio or latest antenna design. Regular care and maintenance of your gear plays a key role in operating efficiently. DX Engineering has begun carrying high-quality cleaning sprays and solutions from CAIG, including CAIG’s famous DeoxIT.

CAIG Laboratories DeoxIT Contact Cleaners D5S-6DeoxIT D5 should have a place on any technician’s bench.

  • The unique contact cleaner can rejuvenate electronic gear.
  • It enhances conductivity by dissolving oxidation and corrosion on metal surfaces.
  • DeoxIt also fills in microscopic gaps and reseals the metal surface for improved electrical continuity.
  • The spray has been proven to reduce arcing, RFI, wear and abrasion.

For gold-plated connectors, DX Engineering recommends CAIG’s DeoxIT Gold G-Series spray.

  • Use it on all your new gear’s critical surfaces.
  • The G-Series spray protects both the surface and base metals.
  • The formula is ideal for preventing dendrite and fretting corrosion.

CAIG recently introduced a Contact Cleaner Wash.

  • It’s an economical solution for cleaning and improving electrical connectivity in switches, relays, contacts and connectors.
    • Contact Cleaner Wash evaporates quickly and is safe for use on plastics.
    • It’s an excellent way to care for your mobile and outdoor installations.

Visit DXEngineering.com to see all the cleaning solutions CAIG offers. And if you haven’t received your new Spring/Summer 2015 DX Engineering catalog, you can sign up to get it for free!


Go Kits.

Do you have one? Do you know what to put in one? Where would you find the supplies, and how long should you prepare for?

Many of those answers will be up to you, but we have assembled a handy guide to make your Go Kit life easier.

Be ready for Tornadoes, Foul Weather, Floods, Hurricanes, and other disasters with a homemade Go Kit. Here’s a good place to start:

Jump Kit Contents

NOTE: The contents of each deployment kit include the contents of the shorter duration kit(s) that precede it.

ALL DEPLOYMENTS REGARDLESS OF LENGTH

Identification and Information 

  • ID cards and other authorizations
  • Copy of Amateur Radio license
  • Driver.s License
  • RACES operations manual, including:
    • Communications plan(s)
    • Frequency lists and net schedules
    • Maps, both street and topographic for Portage County
    • Key phone numbers, email and internet addresses
    • Contact information for other members in your group
    • Copy of emergency plans
    • Resource lists: whom to call for which kinds of problems
  • Log sheets, message forms, note paper, pencils, pens, sticky notes, clips, rubber bands, envelopes, stapler, markers, etc.

THREE TO SIX HOUR DEPLOYMENT KIT

Radios and Accessories

  • Handheld VHF or dual-band radio with manual or operating guide
  • Spare rechargeable batteries for handhelds
  • Alkaline battery pack for handhelds (if available)
  • Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, 9 Volt)
  • Speaker mic and earphone for handhelds
  • Battery chargers, AC and DC for handhelds
  • External antenna, e.g. mag mount or J-pole, plus adapters and coax

Personal Gear

  • Clothing appropriate for the season and deployment (including Emergency vest)
  • Foul weather or protective gear, warm coats, hats, etc. as needed
  • Snacks and water
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions
  • Money, including quarters and one dollar bills for vending machines, tolls, etc., and credit card
  • Multi-purpose tool (e.g., Leatherman) and/or multi-purpose knife (e.g., Swiss Army), crescent wrench, screwdrivers
  • Flashlight or mini-mag light, spare bulb and batteries

Operating Supplies

  • Standard forms used by the served agencies
  • Extension cord(s), multiple outlet power strip
  • Clipboard(s)
  • Compass

Optional

  • Amplifier for HT
  • Cell phone, spare battery, charger

24-HOUR DEPLOYMENTKIT

Radios and Accessories

  • All items included in three to six hour kit
  • Backup VHF or dual-band HT
  • Mobile VHF or dual-band radio
  • VHF/UHF gain antennas and adapters for mobile rig
  • Coaxial feed lines, jumpers Ground rod, pipe clamp, and wire
  • AC power supplies for VHF/UHF mobile and accessories
  • Large battery source for VHF/UHF mobile with charger
  • All related power, data, audio, and RF cables and connectors, adapters other patch cables (e.g., BNC to PL 259/ RCA phono to PL 259). All power cables should have PowerPole connectors, plus spare wire.
  • Small repair kit: hand tools, multi-meter, connectors, adapters, extra fuses, key parts
  • Materials for improvisation: wire, connectors, small parts, insulators, duct tape,

coax seal, electrical tape, etc.

  • Manuals for all equipment and/or operating guides, cheat sheets for all equipment
  • Headphones, for noisy areas and privacy with proper connector, adaptors
  • Personal cell phone, pager, spare batteries and chargers

Personal Gear

  • Clothing for the season and length of deployment, Emergency vest, hardhat
  • Drop cloth or tarp
  • Toilet kit: soap, razor, deodorant, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, plus wet-wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Foul weather or protective gear, warm coats, hats, etc. as needed
  • High energy snacks, dried foods, hard candy, etc.
  • Eating utensils, paper towels
  • Water containers, filled before departure (water sterilization kit if possible), additional fluids such as Gatorade, energy drinks
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions, aspirin, throat lozenges, insect repellant
  • Any personal medical warnings should something happen to you along with emergency contact info.
  • Money, including quarters and one dollar bills for vending machines, tolls, etc.

Operating Supplies

  • Additional quantities of all operating supplies included in basic kit
  • Pocket calculator
  • Measuring tape
  • Clock
  • Cable ties, wire ties, ziplock bags

Optional

  • HF radio
  • Multi-band HF antenna, tuner, heavy parachute cord or nylon mason’s twine
  • SWR/power meter
  • Specialized gear for packet, ATV or other modes
  • Multi-band scanner, weather radio
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable printer
  • Camera
  • Lantern (battery, propane or liquid fuel)
  • Generator and fuel; solar charger
  • Telephone calling card

72-HOUR DEPLOYMENT KIT

Radios & Accessories

  • HF radio if not included in 24 hour kit
  • Antenna tuner
  • SWR/power meter
  • HF Antennas, coax, connectors, rope/cord, etc. for HF radio
  • Additional batteries, including twelve volt (gel cell, deep cycle, etc.)

Personal Gear

  • Sleeping bag, closed-cell foam pad, pillow, ear plugs, blanket
  • Small camping tent
  • Easily prepared dried foods that will store for long periods, snack foods, high

energy snacks, hard candy, etc.

  • Eating and cooking equipment, propane stove, fuel
  • Additional seasonally appropriate clothing, hat, boots, rain gear
  • First aid kit, personal medications and prescriptions, lip balm, etc. (up to one week supply)
  • Three-seven day supply of drinking water (depending on the deployment) and other fluids/beverages
  • Toiletry kit for three-seven days
  • Mechanical or battery powered alarm clock
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Candles and waterproof matches or lighter
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if worn), sunglasses

Operating Supplies

  • Additional quantities of all basic supplies listed for three to six and twenty-four hour kits

Tool Kit

  • Tool box including screwdrivers, pliers, socket wrenches
  • Electrical tape and duct tape
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Multimeter

Optional (depending on nature of deployment)

  • Hammer / Hatchet, saw, shovel
  • Work gloves
  • Siphon
  • Jumper cables
  • Generator (spare plugs and oil), fuel
  • Kerosene lights and fuel
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra rope, cord
  • Highway flares
  • Binoculars
  • Cot and/or hammock
  • Specialized gear for packet, ATV or other modes
  • Multi-band scanner, weather radio
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable printer
  • Camera

Thursday is synonymous in Internet and social media lore for its “Throwback” theme.

Visit your Facebook or Twitter feed on any random Thursday and you’ll likely see several pictures and videos from days past.

We recently found one such video, which highlights Dayton Hamvention from 1987.

According to its description, “Destination Dayton” was filmed by Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB (WA0WRI then), and John Gebuhr XII, WB0CMC, on 8mm camcorders, and edited in 1987 at WOWT Channel 6 in Omaha, NE.

Even though the video was filmed 28 years ago, it was just published to YouTube this month.

So enjoy this blast from the past, and share your Throwback Thursday stories, pictures and videos with us on Facebook and Twitter, and in the comments section below!


DX Engineering unveiled some brand new products at Dayton Hamvention. If you weren’t able to make the show, here are some of its latest innovations:

DX Engineering’s revolutionary new PL-259 Connector is a “better mousetrap” solution to old connector issues.

  • DX Engineering PL-259 ConnectorThe patent-pending next generation PL-259 design has the best qualities of both crimp-on and solder-on connectors.
    • These features make it ideal for single- or double-shielded coaxial cable.
    • The silver plated center pin has a deep scallop to promote excellent solder flow inside the center conductor.
    • The connector’s enhanced crimp shield creates 360 degrees of electromechanical continuity.
  • The overall design of the connector prevents arcing within the SO-239 and ensures a low-loss connection.
  • The connector is available in packs of 6, 12, or 24 and is also used on DX Engineering cable assemblies.

If you’re trying to securely mount a crossmember to a tower face, DX Engineering’s Genius Clamps are an excellent option.

  • DX Engineering Genius Clamps DXE-SSGC-2PThey have hundreds of other uses, too.
    • Any place you need to accommodate one to two-inch OD tubing clamped at right angles.
  • The clamps are made from stainless steel for excellent weather resistance.

DX Engineering also introduced a new model to its highly regarded series of Coaxial Cable Stripping Tools.

  • DX Engineering Coax Cable Stripping Tools DXE-UT-8213They’re made specifically to install solder-type PL-259 connectors onto 50 ohm coaxial cable.
    • They work on solid or foam dielectric cables with either PVC or PE jackets.
  • The newest model is made precisely for RG-213 and RG-8.
    • The two other versions are still available, too.
      • One for large OD cables like DXE-213U and DXE-8U.
      • One for smaller OD cables like DXE-8X.
  • They’re designed to deliver clean, precise cuts time after time.

And you should have received DX Engineering’s brand new spring/summer 2015 catalog by now. If you haven’t, sign up here to get yours for free. It’s chock-full of brand new gear.

DX Engineering ships faster than anyone else in the industry. If you get your order in by 10pm Eastern and it’s in stock, it will be on a truck heading your way tonight. With its proven products and expert advice, DX Engineering is helping you shrink the globe. Request a catalog or shop online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at DXEngineering.com.


Must-have Amateur Radio equipment for DXers and contesters.

ACOM has built a reputation among Amateur Radio operators for its high performance RF power amplifiers. Now, ACOM amplifiers are in stock and ready to ship from DX Engineering.

ACOM 600S Solid State HF/6-Meter Amplifiers 600S

The ACOM 600S Solid State HF/6-Meter Amplifier 600S, now available at DX Engineering.

ACOM’s amplifiers represent the cutting edge of RF amplification technology, offering features and performance typically only found in commercial and government telecommunications systems. DX Engineering offers a wide variety of ACOM products, including these highly acclaimed models.

As the first Amateur Radio HF amplifier to combine fully automatic tuning and sophisticated digital control capabilities, the ACOM 2000A Amplifier is practically tailor-made for DXing. It uses a revolutionary new amplifier design to easily deliver 1,500 watts of clean, noise-free power across the HF bands. Full automatic tuning gives contesters an edge by permitting lightning-quick bandswitching. The 2000A interfaces with radios in the same manner as the 600S.

More than just a pretty face, the ACOM 600S Amplifier delivers 600 watts on the HF and 6 meter bands. It also provides operators with comprehensive remote control capabilities. The amplifier is easy to use, thanks to its intuitive menus and high-resolution color display. Using the amp’s CAT interface, the amplifier will automatically “follow” the transceiver while switching bands. The 600S monitors the input frequency and will automatically switch the bands to compensate for changes. It’s compatible with all transceivers on the market and needs a mere 30 watts of input power to operate.

Packing 1,000 watts on the HF and 6 meter bands, ACOM’s 1000 Amplifier is an extraordinary good value for HF operators. If VSWR stays below 3:1, the 1000 allows for quick bandswitching without the need for a tuner, which lets operators work faster during a contest. Specially mounted relays deliver virtually silent QSK operation.

See all ACOM HF Power Products carried by DX Engineering at DXEngineering.com.


If your amateur radio station is like many of ours, it might be a bit messy.

Don’t fret it! The winter is rolling away and warmer weather is coming in. Now is the perfect time for some spring cleaning – Ham Radio style!

While we can’t offer tips on the best air freshener to use, we can definitely point you in the right direction when it comes to organizing your station. Here’s our advice to easily clean up three common Ham Radio nuisances.

Messy Wires:
If you have wires, they’re eventually going to get messy. And the longer you let them go, the more knots they seem to tie themselves into. An easy solution to keeping wires and cables organized and untangled is cable ties. DX Engineering has an assortment of zip ties and other cable ties to help you organize even the messiest of wires.

Organizing Fuses:
Performance Tool Bulk-Bin Storage Racks W5193Fuses, capacitors, resistors, screws and other tiny-but-necessary radio objects are the easiest to lose. But they don’t have to be. We carry several storage cabinets and storage cases to help you organize even the smallest of supplies.

Fingerprints:
This may sound like an odd one, but anyone who has dealt with monitors and radio screens know they’re subject to finger printing at pretty much all times. DX Engineering might be your Ham Radio supplier, but we can also be your Ham Radio cleaner. Check out our assortment of cleaning solutions and polishing cloths to keep your screens and monitors as clean and clear as your audio.




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