|16' 8" fully extended whip|
This antenna has a fully extended length of 16' 8", and can be used for any band between 6m and 20m. I certainly would not use it in a stiff breeze fully extended, but with the light breeze I had today it was fine.
The good thing about this piece of gear is that it fits the Buddipole parts perfectly, I don't have to carry different mounts for it.
I wanted to try the antenna on 20m, so I set it up on the 8' painter pole over average ground, just like the other tests I did today.
Using the SkyWhip Portable Telescopic Antenna and the TRSB set at 1:1, at 14.150 the SWR was 1.2:1 and I used a 15' 10" counterpoise. It worked as advertised the very first time. Beauty!!
So it looks like I'm all set for the planned island and lighthouse activations I have planned this summer. Some of these antennas may even get thrown in the mix for this years Field Day.
Coming up as soon as I can find time will be the same type of article on the Buddipole 40m, 60m, and 80m antennas.