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Buddipole Reaches New Heights with Mastwerks

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM6FAK, Jul 20, 2019.

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  1. KM6FAK

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    Chris of Buddipole launches new tripod/mast company called Mastwerks.

    Buddipole was designed by Budd Drummond / W3FF in 2000. The company is now ran by his son Chris Drummond / W6HFP. If you have not heard of the Buddipole before, it's a dipole or a vertical antenna system that fits in a travel bag. It reminds me of a Swiss Army Knife in how versatile and configurable the system is. Buddipole uses a tripod and a telescoping mast system. They offer different kits that will give you heights ranging from 9.5 ft to 19 ft.

    As we all know the height of your antenna can make all the difference whether your operating VHF/UHF or trying to maximize your take off angle for some good DX on HF. Chris has spent a significant about of time researching and developing a mast system that is still portable and reaches heights to match antennas mounted on buildings. He has launched a brand new company called Mastwerks which specializes in MIL-SPEC, tripod and mast system. The new RTS 1500 series can reach heights up to 33ft and is designed with a rotating tripod head that can be operated manually by a hand-crank or remotely utilizing a small motor and remote control unit.

    I recently had the opportunity to deploy the Mastwerks system during this years Field Day. It was a joy to build and use. My location was about 80 ft above sea level in East Bay CA, so I needed all the height I could get. Below is a video of my Field Day, where I spent time talking about it and building it.

    Mastwerks: https://www.mastwerks.com/
    Buddipole: http://www.buddipole.com/

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  2. N9EE

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    Only 234 QSOs for 9A station??? Guess had a good social time. Was good looking mast, thanks. Did notice other antennas were longer wire antennas. Rather than spend so much time putting together 9 stations go with some large antennas.
     
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  3. KD0WGB

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    WENT TO WEBSITE.. NO PRICE. THE PRICE MUST REFLECT THE MODEL NUMBER
     
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  4. KE0EYJ

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    New heights in price...
     
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  5. KI6WDX

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    It would be interesting to see what antenna type the 33 ft. portable mast could handle and remain intact w/o the mast bending or swaying. The other point would be to see how the guys are held in place to stabilize the extended mast as it appears to have 3-4 guys attached, but don't see in the photo how these guys are anchored or attached to what structure or vegetation/tree(s). What is the rated maximum antenna wind load & square footage for the 33 ft. mast?
     
  6. KE0EYJ

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    Coupled with the fact that it will get REALLY annoying having to take the whole contraption down between band changes.
     
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  7. W9HBH

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    Red flag no pricing on web site, old saying if you have to ask you can't afford it. May have to wait for MFJ's copy
     
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  8. N2NOW

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    no price = FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  9. WQ4G

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    Gee, now I feel vertically challenged. My operating location is only about 2 ft. above sea level....

    Dan KI4AX
     
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  10. KD4MOJ

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    That should tell you something...:D

    ...DOUG
    KD4MOJ
     
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