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Anyone use a Packtenna?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by W7LZN, Mar 24, 2017.

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  1. N6RGR

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    VVM: Thanks for the info - perhaps I will build one as well. Ihave not checked the price of the laundry winder for a couple of years!

    Roger KK6IVD
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  2. WD0BCT

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    I've just finished constructing a laundry winder dipole and tested and fine tuned it for 40/20M. I'm hoping that it outperforms my current portable antenna....a Yaesu ATAS-25. The ATAS-25 is supper compact...easily back packable and receives rather well in the 4 times I've camped with it. However as a transmitter it does not have very good record to date. I have not completed a single successful QSO with it to date. I can hear others clearly, but only a few have heard me...those that did were unable to get good copy. I suspect it requires more radials. But setting it up and tuning for a specific band is quite simple.

    The packable dipole worked well from my backyard. The next test will be portable. I hope to test it this week and then employ it from a State Park on field day.
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  3. K8JD

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    When I was a kid learning radio, 50 Bucks may have been Harder to get than diamonds. I HAD to make my own stuff from scrap or handouts from older hams.
    BUT, the learning experience was PRICELESS.
  4. WD0BCT

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    The portable dipole blew the socks off of the ATAS-25. Employed it twice...FD and a recent camping trip. No comparison! The smaller an antenna gets the closer to a dummy load you have.
  5. KK6QMS

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    I have made a few fan dipoles w light gauge wire both with and without a 1:1- in one case just soldering everything direct only 1 connector for radio.
    In both cases I was able to get the 20m and 40m ele to be flat and worked great.
    Super easy to make- cut them long though- mine always ended up longer.
  6. KK6WPX

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