Ham Radio is fun again, 160-6M at your Home or HOA!
We are a small group of very active, lifelong (35+ years) ham radio enthusiasts with families and a passion for our global fraternal hobby, maybe just like you. We hope before you buy any antenna that you'll study our approach to high efficiency and high performance and consider the merits of a real dx antenna, then join us on the air!
- ARRL Antenna Design Awards - Winner! It's true, the ARRL "Antenna of the Year" Award was won by one of our friends, a career Broadcast Engineer and antenna designer extraordinaire. Congrats, John! We're all thankful for your contributions to the hobby!
[08.08.20 update] John is a speaker at the QSO Today Ham Fair (link)
John Pontune is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He was licensed 1965, Extra 1972. He is a 10 yr. resident of the UK and has a current British license MØGCK. He has two commercial licenses: GROL and General Radio Telegraph. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Oregon State University 1960. John is a retired from being a TV broadcast television engineer/instructor for KNBC Ch 4 in Burbank, CA, and Sony Broadcast in the San Francisco area. He is a Team Leader for amateur and commercial license testing including “Ham License in One Day” quarterly seminars, Laurel VEC, ARRL/W5YI/, National Radio Examiners, and Commercial License CE. John is also a published magazine author: QST (26 articles to date 2020), World Radio, 73 and others. He recieved 5 QST Cover Plaque Awards: First Place (VHF) 2017 QST Antenna Design Competition, QST Cover Oct. 2019. John is active on HF, VHF and UHF – SSB, AM, CW, FM, and digital modes. AMSAT satellite user. John is a frequent speaker at ham radio clubs: Past President, Satellite ARC, Vandenberg AFB, and San Gabriel Valley Radio Club. He also gives webinars and remote teleconference club presentations. John enjoys steam railroading, the pipe organ and is a sushi enthusiast. John is married and has 3 children and 12 grandchildren and counting.
- Real Engineering: Our structural engineer pal has earned his chops alongside savant antenna designers in both the Ham and Professional markets. He's analyzed every aspect of structure and materials to be certain our claims are solid. Thank you, sir.
- Experienced, Veteran Ops: Our GM has been QRV for 40-years and was honored to compete as a member of 'Team USA' at WRTC 2014 in Boston. He says, "I just heard that our contest station in the Caribbean uses the OCF design to compete on the world stage!" We're on the right track!
What customers are saying:
- Performance is fantastic! Many, many signals on FT8.
- Highly Recommended for HOA and CC&R Restricted Ham Radio QTHs.
- Got Indonesia this morning on 40m SSB with 100 watts. 9,000 miles!
- Equal or better signals than taller verticals requiring radials and it's stealth!
- It tunes on all bands less than 1.5, and 160 takes 1kW just fine!
- Performance has been beyond my expectation. The reception is unbelievable! Many many stations and much quieter than my EFLW.
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From the Beginning:
Jon stumbled upon an opportunity to tinker with antennas and tune the bands once again, maybe an activity many of you can relate to. Referring to the OCF design, "the results were suprising, impressive even, and pretty quick during the weekend of testing a couple of years ago it also caught the attention of several other operators who called in on the air, who seemed to realize this was no ordinary vertical and wanted one for their QTH too. It was eye-opening that these guys were so quick to want one!" Jon exclaimed.
It was this report that prompted Jon to make it his personal mission to refine and build more of these smarter, more elegant vertical antennas for fellow radio operators that might be in a similar place, that is, not necessarily able to put up a large tower or simply wanting a really good second antenna.
"One bonus here is when my YL actually said she liked the shiny flagpole antenna in the garden. Imagine that... this was certainly a first for me too! Just maybe this aesthetically-pleasing antenna helps others get the buy-in from their partners to get back on the air too." he said.
“It’s a real thrill to hear stories like mine from all over the world. Folks call in with a common tone I've noticed. It's a nostalgic-excitement that is truly contagious, it's in their voices when they talk about wanting to work Real DX signals again, and for some it's after 30 years of being off the air. Remember, many of these guys have been in restricted space QTH’s or HOA communities for a long time.” He adds, “it’s an honor to talk to these returning hams in many cases, really get to know them and play a small role in getting them back on the bands, one radio op at a time.”
Coming Soon: We're announcing more useful antenna designs soon. Join the mailing list in the bottom right hand corner of the website and watch our news Blog for hints on these new product drops. We hope to hear your story on the air soon too.
Would you like Real DX from your QTH or HOA? Before you buy, study our design and see why veteran contesters and Disaster Relief and Emergency Management professionals call our antenna system, high performance.
Ham Radio is fun again!
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