Chameleon Antenna Deployment Configurations

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  1. WJ6F

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    With the Chameleon Hybrid-Mini (Cha Hybrid-Mini) or Micro (Cha Hybrid-Micro) there is no shortage of ways to deploy these antennas! In this video, I will show you some of the most common ways to deploy a Chameleon Antenna. This can prove extremely useful when operating portable, SOTA or if you happen to live in a restrictive HOA.


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  2. KJ4YQK

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    What is a good set up for 160 Meters the only band I do not have?
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  3. KF5GTX

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    I use a homebrew 30' vertical with 10' cap hat and 120 ground radials run each to the edge of the property...
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  4. KJ4YQK

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    Hi Bob, does that give you 160 Meters?
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  5. KD8WBZ

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    Hello Bob just wondering I have the Mini with both mil whip extension and the cap hat and the tripod. I saw you where able to connect the mini to the tripod directly as a vertical and not by the jaw mount. I was wondering where you found a adapter to screw the Cha Mini into the tri pod

    Thanks for the video and 73s Darin. KD8WBZ
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  6. K4BJS

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    You might be referring to the coupling nut, Mcmaster-Carr #90264A470 or try Home Depot, 3/8"-24 coupling nut. This would adapt a 3/8" male-to-3/8" male. But, remember it has to be the 3/8"-24 thread, not the more common 3/8"-16.

    Also, if you are trying to mount it on a standard camera tripod. Bob's CB Shop sells a 1/4-20 x 3/8-24 adapter: (TGT-ULTRA-HEX-STUD) - "Ultra" Small Hex Factory Replacement Stud, 3/8" x 24 to 1/4" x 20 Thread. This would mount a Hybrid-mini or Hybrid-micro to a tripod 1/4-20 male
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  7. WJ6F

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    Wish I could do that, but I live in a condo and my yard is more commonly known as a patio.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2017
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  8. WJ6F

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    I used to use Alpha Antenna products and it came with one of the kits I had. I am not sure if you can buy them separately or not. It is actually a 2 piece item. I will take a photo of it and send it to you if you like.

    How do you like the cap hat? I have debated on getting one.

    Thanks for the information!
  9. KD8WBZ

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    The cap hat does ok especially on 20 meters to 80 meters. I work a lot of digital modes like PSK and JT65/JT9 and found it helpful. 160M is a different story in that the antenna set up is to short and the signal doesn't go to far. I have not had a chance to try the sloping or inverted L for 160M for the nearest trees are 150 ft away and I live in a town houses
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  10. WJ6F

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    I live in a condo, and though the trees here are very close as of last Wednesday they are also very short. I try to get the antenna as up high as my place will allow, but I am also dealing with stucco. I have some other videos that show where I mount my antenna to.
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