This past weekend, I took the Mountain Topper radios (3B and 5B) to Bobcat Ridge and worked a bunch of stations. In this video, I show my antenna setup and work 5 or 6 stations. At the end of the video, I show all of the stations I worked.
Not bad for 3 watts and a wire antenna. I was only transmitting for about 90 minutes, total. The various contests running this weekend made it super-easy to work QRP!
In this video, I show you the portable hexbeam antenna I recently built. I discuss all of the components that are required to build one.
This is a great antenna that is a bit of a PITA to deploy… it has more parts and requires more setup time than a typical wire antenna. But, for special occasions, when you want a nice directional antenna to deploy in the field, this is what you need.
In this video, I review the QRPGuys.com End-Fed Half-Wave Mini Tuner. This is a $25 kit that will tame the high impedance of an End-Fed antenna. With this, you can deploy a half-wavelength of wire without feeding it in the middle (like you would for a traditional dipole).
Easy to build. Works great. A nice little kit for your building pleasure!
A week ago, I made a video about my “Deploy-Anywhere” vertical antenna. In that video, I said it was one of my two “go-to” antennas. Well, this SOTABEAMS linked dipole is my OTHER “go-to” antenna.
I use this antenna frequently in the field. It’s just a pleasure to use. Watch this enthusiastic, in-depth review of the antenna to see why I recommend it so highly!
My friend Andrew (AK4FA) asked me whether the vertical antenna I blogged about yesterday could be blown over in the wind.
Yes, it can! But here’s how to handle it…
This is my go-to vertical antenna that I can deploy anywhere with no support structure needed. (No trees or mast required)
Use it to work 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m… and probably 6m (although I’m not a 6m guy).
Where to get the items I show in the video…
The radiating element is an MFJ-1979 stainless steel whip.
The small tripod is a Super Antenna TM1 Low Profile Tripod Portable Antenna Mount that you can find here:
TM1 Low Profile Tripod (click and scroll down)
The High Sierra “Jaws Clamp” can be found here:
High Sierra Jaws Clamp