BuddiStick Pro Accessory Must have!

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  1. K5QBF

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    I have owned the BuddiStick Pro for a while as it has been my go to antenna for POTA. It packs up in a small bag and works well on 40-6m. The only con with the antenna is the tuned radial, and keeping it elevated. My first solution was an electric fence post stuck into the ground. Unfortunately there are some park out there that do no allow you to place anything in the ground. So this makes you get a bit creative. Mike (K8MRD) came up with this 3D printed bipod that fits in the bag and solves that issue. If you are in a park or in frozen ground where you can't set the stake, this bipod will hold it up. Hope you like the video

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  2. N2YQT

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  3. K5QBF

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    Legs are fiberglass, connection pieces and center are PLA.
  4. WA7WJR

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    I use a lightweight camp lantern stand from Amazon < $20. Has a spike where allowed, or a clamp that can be attached to picnic table, or a 8"x 8" x 1/4" piece of plywood with a rock, sandbag, log, etc. placed on top of the board to hold it upright. It is super light, packs to less than 15 inches, and is adjustable in 14" increments (14" to 60") to accommodate uneven ground between the Buddistick and the end of the radial.

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  5. N7KO

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    I have done the same thing for years, with PVC pipe using PVC couplers and a rubber band, also a short cord that can be held in place with a rock or an ammo can, that I keep my antenna analyzer in. And when allowed to stick into the ground I use it as a mono pole. Others have used this method as well.
    Good video.
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  6. WA7WJR

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    Because someone asked in a different forum about the height of elevated radials, ideally they should be 0.05 λ above the ground, and I like elevated radials simply because you need less compared to ground radials. Downside is elevated radials should be 1/4λ .
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  7. WT4BT

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    I've been using shock-corded tent poles since I bought my first Buddipole in 2008 or so. Now have several iterations of same in each of the kit bags for Buddipole, Buddistick and BS Pro. For my Buddistick kits I use 11" sections so they fit in the portfolio bags along with all the rest of the stuff. The electric fence posts work well, but they don't travel all that well with that "sticker" on the bottom. Ask my wife!
    BJ/wa7wjr is correct in giving the 0.05 figure for height above ground, but we have found and Bud and Chris suggest, that 3-4 feet is very adequate. I have used multiple stakes for the counterpoise/radial/wire element for 40 meter setups and been very happy. And, yes, the wire should be 1/4 wave at resonance then tuned (lengthened/shortened) to achieve resonance / best Rrad match with your vertical.
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  8. WA7WJR

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    Yes, I have found that to be the case also.

    The only time I raise it up higher then 3-4 ft is if I set up my SteppIr CrankIr on 80m (which is rare). :)
  9. VE3MRX

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    How can I get one from Mike? ve3mrx@gmail.com. 73/72
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  10. KC8VWM

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    Some good reading with conducted experiments and measurements.

    Preamble: "Here is an article which was published in the March/April and May/June 2012 issues of QEX magazine which takes a much closer look at elevated ground systems than has been done in the past. "

    Antennas By N6LF: Design of radial ground systems
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  11. K7CB

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    A rod shoved into the ground is not the same thing as a radial system or ground plane...unless I'm misunderstanding what you meant.
  12. K5QBF

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    He sells them at k8mrd.square.site. He is supposed to have some more in stock after Hamcation.
  13. K5QBF

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    The device is meant to hold the tuned elevated radial off the ground.
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  14. KQ1V

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    Does it handle 100 watts rf?
  15. KC1SGB

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    Thak you very much for the share coming from a guy that’s getting into POTA this makes me very happy to see

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