Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM6FAK, Jul 20, 2019.
Agreed...where is the pricing?
I emailed a week ago and no response?
I would be interested in the mast/tripod, but not the Buddipole dipole. Instead of their dipole, consider an inverted vee fed with open wire or ladder line. Make it a 1/2 wave on the lowest operating frequency. Band changes? Do it from the tabletop with a tuner inside, or next to, the rig. With some experimentation in feeder length, it's possible to forgo an external tuner and use the rig's internal tuner, assuming it has one. Done this way, it should be possible to find a line length where SWR is within matching range of an internal tuner on all HF bands. Do the work once, then coil up the same line for next time.
Nice video. Here's a link to my review of the 10m (33ft) Mastwerks System - http://blog.wavetalkers.com/reviews/mastwerks/
Overall the Mastwerks System is really solid. The ability to get a near full size 20m dipole a half wave length off the ground and rotate it aloft in a quick and easy portable set up is just awesome. The ability to attach other antenna types to the mast is just a bonus. I've already stared to use mine for EmComm work with the ARES teams in Los Angeles and Ventura by attaching a 2m Arrow Antenna 3 element yagi to the Mast. The 10m mast height gives my antenna a clear view over the houses and the rotator let's me shoot a very narrow gap through the Mountains to between LA and Ventura and hit the county repeater uses by ARES, ACS, and county EMS dispatch.
Last week I used the set up in the pictures to operate from a small park in Ventura, CA, and was able to stations coast to coast across the entire US with solid signal reports and got a 10 over 9 report from a station in Barcelona, Spain.
For that kind of money, you could buy a 22 meter (72 foot) Spiderbeam mast, put a vertical dipole on it, and have a much better antenna at more than twice the height. Or make your own simple horizontal dipole on crappie poles and mount it part-way up.
Heck, even at the cheaper 18m, you're almost twice the height (and half of the cost):
Three different versions, three prices: $550 to $800.
I have the 30' mast. It is really solid.
$550 to $800, and only 9.5 ft to 19 ft. Wow, I feel for those people who buy these things,
Roll your own for under $50 to $200 and have fun doing it!!!!
I use a 33ft fiberglass pushup cost $70 and a home made dipole
tell me more please