[AMRadio] Just a thought for laughter and memory

jeremy-ca km1h at jeremy.mv.com
Tue Nov 27 09:35:22 EST 2007

I can personally attest to the performance of a beercan vertical, actually 
soda can in my case as I was only 16. Using that QST article (been an ARRL 
member since 1954 when my folks gave me a QST subscription for my birthday) 
I built a 20M version and put it on my folks garage roof with 8 drooping 
It worked gangbusters then which was leading up to that monster sunspot 
cycle where you could work the world with just about anything.

In later years I tried to build one for 40M using Bud cans which were thin 
aluminum by then. I used plumbers liquid (diluted hydrochloric acid) to 
solder. That held but the cans were too flimsy and after they buckled 3 
times I gave up.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Markavage" <manualman at juno.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 1:59 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Just a thought for laughter and memory

> Designer of the Beer Can Vertical, Pete Czerwinski, W2JTJ, published in
> QST, November 1955. Here's a similar article published in QST, April
> 1956:
> http://www.qsl.net/w3bmd/beercanantenna.htm
> Back then, cans were made of tin, so soldering was easier then cans made
> from aluminum types today, if you were so inclined to build one of these
> things.
> Pete, wa2cwa
> On Mon, 26 Nov 2007 21:17:54 -0600 Robert Lawson <w4rl at bellsouth.net>
> writes:
>> I would think that most of us ain't no more spring chicken (rosters)
>> anymore, so I though I would ask this in light of some of the
>> serious
>> exchanges that I've read/deleted over the AM band plan ala
>> recently.
>> Question: What was your favorite April QST April Fool's article, or
>> one
>> that could have qualified?
>> I remember from years past "The Vertical Beer Can Special" and also
>> the
>> ham who wrote the article on the compact antenna mounted atop the
>> roof
>> of his high rise New York apartment building with the radiating
>> element
>> being a red light bulb with comments on all those he contacted on
>> the
>> bands using the antenna aks dummy load.
>> Robert W4RL
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