In this video, I get a chance to talk a little philosophy while driving to a local park. I then set up my Mountain Topper and SOTABEAMS dipole and work 11 stations… 8 of which were 5,000+ miles away! This will show you that a tiny, battery-powered radio can produce excellent results and allow you to have a ton of fun.
Gear seen in this video:
MTR-5B HF radio: https://www.lnrprecision.com/store/MT…
3Ah lithium ion battery: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…
Mini Speaker: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…
Palm Mini Paddle – no longer available
Zoom H6 Audio Recorder: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta…
GoPro Hero7 Black camera: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc…
2″ Drive-On Mast Mount: https://tn07.com/mast-supports
Green 33′ fiberglass telescopic mast: https://tn07.com/telescoping-masts
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!
I take advantage of the CQ Worldwide DX Contest – RTTY Mode, to show my portable digital QRP station.
In this video, with only 5 watts, I work Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, Morocco, and Croatia.
Yes, QRP does work!