Libreboot X200 and T400 prices temporarily reduced on https://minifree.org. I have a large surplus of these.
Also, the regular shipping fees have been reduced. E.g. $60 for USA/Canada instead of 80. 15 for UK instead of 25.
“Why do Webdevs keep trying to kill REST?”
Decent overview from the GraphQL perspective. It seems probable that education on REST is probably poor among frontend devs. Most of their discussions on REST don’t reflect what I’d consider RESTful practices. https://www.swyx.io/client-server-battle/
@platypus So if you want to get incremental results it's easy.
If the antenna is "pre-owned" it's likely decently tuned to length. Finetuning is optional. If untuned VSWR is bad, then tuning will make the coax radiate too (simplified).
Quick non-destructive tuning can be achieved by just folding over the same length on both ends and fixing with zip-ties or tape.
Tuning changes significantly with height, - unfortunately you can't tune on the ground (unless you're on 100m sand above water table)
The nice things are:
To just listen, you don't need anything more than wire. You can even just plug the rats-nest of coax and antenna wire as is in. it will work OKish for receiving without any turning.
On shortwave, RG58 is fine and easier to get through a window without drilling or gouging.
Just spreading out wires on the ground is better than a rats-nest and might kinda work for nearby contacts.
Hanging it up a bit improves this significantly.
Hanging it really high is optional.
@platypus I'm not sure how fondly I want to remember *tuning* those things just against VSWR. 😬
That said we now also have lots of space, but I think I'll try using the VNA for tuning. It's awesome and offers so much more insight into how the antenna behaves across a wide range of frequencies.
I can recommend getting a nanovna V2. https://nanorfe.com/nanovna-versions.html and https://nanorfe.com/nanovna-v2.html
Depending on how fancy you want to be they start already at $40. (For HF, get some pigtails from SMA to PL)
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