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Ordered V2 Plus4 today...can anyone tell me where I can find a carrying case made for this? No luck online finding one


Walter Egenmaier 2021/12/28 16:10

Seems the clones come with a very nice/protective carrying case, but the good NanoVNAs do not.
Please provide a source to a carrying case.
I should get it next week.
I downloaded the manual and can't wait to get it.
Any suggestions on how to best start?
BTW, I've been a Ham since the mid 1970's, but dropped out for about 40 yrs and came back during COVID in 2020.
I really don't know how to best use this, so some pointers on simple ways to start would be appreciated.
I plan to be a part of Winter Field Day and hope to use it then when we set up our antennas. Also our local club is going to set up a group to help younger and older Hams in setting up their antennas and thought this would help there also.
I have an FT-70D handytalkie and FT-991A with a 80-10 meter dipole in the attic. I'd like to check out my SWR on many different freq ranges to see how well my antenna is performing.
My only exposure to a NanoVNA device was when we set up for a Field Day and I watched another Ham set up our field antennas.
Looking forward to getting some use of it soon.
Thank you in advance for any help/suggestions

Walt/WB4ZUT

Albert Kleyn 2021/12/29 08:28

Walt...
Much the same story here. Might I suggest that you check out YouTube..
there are countless videos showing from the simplest tasks, to the most
complex. Much like you... I came back to the bands after 15+ years away.
I only use my NanoVNA for checking SWR on my HF/VHF & UHF antennas. It
does an excellent job on that.
Walt... do make sure that you CALIBRATE yr unit for the frequency band of
interest, in your case the 80-10 meter frequency, say set the stimulus (why
the hell did they call it that ?) to say...3.5 MHz to 30 MHz.
This will give you a good general idea. Now.... if you want to say get a
more detailed idea how your 20 meter band shapes up... set yr frequency
(stimulus) range to say: 14.000 to 14.350
This will allow you to "zoom in" on that 350 KHz segment and see where your
antenna performs best.
Again Walt... let me say... this instrument is capable of MANY more complex
tasks.... and perhaps over time you might wish to explore some of them.
This forum has some extremely helpful and knowledgeable folks here.. for
instance Joe Smith springs to mind, but there are many many others.
So... in summary:
WATCH some YouTube videos. *) * ( in yr case 14.000 to 14.350. Run some
measurements... and GO AND ENJOY THE FORTHCOMING FIELD DAY !
WELCOME BACK TO THE WORLDS MOST WONDERFUL WAY TO HELP OTHERS... Hamradio is
so very much more than just a "Hobby"
Albert
EI7II.

On Wed, 29 Dec 2021 at 04:40, Walter Egenmaier <wegenmaier@gmail.com> wrote:

Albert Kleyn 2021/12/29 08:41

WALT...
Some text went missing. It is most important that you *CALIBRATE the unit
for the frequency range you are interested in. * ( Say: 14.000 to 14.350 or
just a little bit wider than that.) DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS STEP. See the
countless YouTube videos showing how to do this.
Ideally.. measure as close to the antenna feed point as you can... assuming
you do not have a huge amount of cable between that feed point and the
transmitter (991A) If not possible just measure at the end of the coax
that will connect to the transmitter. Usually the differences are very
small, if the coax is decent.
Albert. EI7II.


On Wed, 29 Dec 2021 at 08:29, Albert Kleyn via groups.io <ei7ii.ie=
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Dirk 2021/12/29 01:32

Walt,
there are some good tutorials for beginners.
I learnt the 1st steps with this one:
https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/akarsh98/antenna-testing-tutorial-how-to-use-nanovna-saa2n-helium-c128d6

Tim K4SHF 2021/12/29 06:53

Check on Youtube, W2AEW NanoVNA. He has a whole series including the
importance of calibration and he has one on measuring SWR. These are all
short (15 min or less), to the point, and excellent quality videos, he
really puts time and effort into these. They are the best I've found and I
have watched the bulk of the videos available. Former engineer for
Tektronix in Oregon.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=w2aew+nanovna

Will get you started....

73 de Tim K4SHF


On Wed, Dec 29, 2021 at 4:32 AM Dirk <dottensm@gmail.com> wrote:

Walter Egenmaier 2021/12/29 08:19

You guys are the greatest!!!
Thank you for the suggestions, understanding, and tips.
I will do all the above in preparation for getting my V2 Plus4.
I might have to subscribe to YouTube...it has saved me many times when it
comes to catching up on 40 yrs of being away from Ham Radio. I feel like
Rip VanWinkle...lots of exciting Ham Radio changes.
Thanks, guys and have a Happy New Year.
Walt/WB4ZUT

On Wed, Dec 29, 2021 at 5:53 AM Tim K4SHF <timothytapio1@gmail.com> wrote:

> Check on Youtube, W2AEW NanoVNA. He has a whole series including the
> importance of calibration and he has one on measuring SWR. These are all
> short (15 min or less), to the point, and excellent quality videos, he
> really puts time and effort into these. They are the best I've found and I
> have watched the bulk of the videos available. Former engineer for
> Tektronix in Oregon.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=w2aew+nanovna
>
> Will get you started....
>
> 73 de Tim K4SHF
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 29, 2021 at 4:32 AM Dirk <dottensm@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Walt,
>> there are some good tutorials for beginners.
>> I learnt the 1st steps with this one:
>>
>> https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/akarsh98/antenna-testing-tutorial-how-to-use-nanovna-saa2n-helium-c128d6
>>
>>
>
>

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Dave (G1OGY) 2021/12/29 23:49

On Wed, 29 Dec 2021 at 04:40, Walter Egenmaier <wegenmaier@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Seems the clones come with a very nice/protective carrying case, but the good NanoVNAs do not.
> Please provide a source to a carrying case.

Hello Walt
This was an active subject early on. Searching in the archive might
bring up some details but I recall that some 3D printed protective
cases, some found `just the right answer` at the store.

I'm a cheapskate and made up a case from a plastic clamshell case that
came with my Remington hair-clipper - plus some of that pre-half-cut
case foam.

Mother, Ingenuity, and Invention spring to mind.

73
Dave, G1OGY

Lou W7HV 2021/12/30 08:48

I chose to be cautious and used anti-static foam in the case I put together.

W0LEV 2021/12/30 18:08

A camera holder works fine. Visit an outdoor store for a good selection of
these items. Take the NANO with you for sizing.

Dave - WØLEV

On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 4:48 PM Lou W7HV via groups.io <louandzip=
yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

> I chose to be cautious and used anti-static foam in the case I put
> together.
>
>
>

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*Dave - WØLEV*
*Just Let Darwin Work*

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