The new Buddistick Pro from Buddipole, Inc.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4FDT, Sep 4, 2021.

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  1. W9HJ

    W9HJ QRZ Lifetime Member #294 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Actually, from the videos that I've seen, this actually has a very broad band on many frequencies (obviously not 80M, which is very wide and this would be very compromised ... but since this is only for 6M-40M, this isn't an issue), but for 20M, the SWR is VERY broad. Depending on how you tune it, it looks like you can get a 2:1 or less on the ENTIRE 20M band.

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  2. KK4YDR

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    Ill get mine out soon and grab some analyzer captures.
     
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  3. CAHR

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    I've had a chance to play with this antenna and it looks like a great solution for multi-band portable ops. Its pretty quality in your hands too. Like somebody put some thought into it.
     
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  4. N7KO

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    I worked for a Targets plant for several years also, these targets were made from high purity metal some of the metals like tungsten and TI, also Tantalum were powder that went into vacuum hot press, sounds like you know the process well. We the machinists would machine the high purity materials which when finished were shipped to intel, Samsun, HP, Texas instruments and others to make computer chips, they were called sputtering targets, you may know that process as well. Yes you could not wipe your nose without documenting it in triplicate.
     
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  5. W3KW

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    I have the Buddi-pole and Buddi-stick and just about every accessory imaginable. I just bought the components for the Buddi-Stick Pro. Alas, I admit I reverted to a 43' telescoping pole and an end-fed and UNUN as my go-to set up, as it's the easiest, most bang-for-the-buck antenna system for temporary ops. IMHO. However, having said that, I'm a gadget guy, and just had to try it. It's well made stuff and pretty darn cool. Managing SWR is a bit tricky and you have to really own an antenna analyzer if you want accuracy. Eh, more gadgets. Sign me up! HA! If you haven't tried a Buddi-Pole, one issue is changing SWR as you elevate the antenna, and the Buddi-stick teaches you a ton a bout the importance of a counterpoise. All in all, a great learning experience for ham radio.

    For travel, I use an Alexloop. I can cram a radio, a battery, and a key all in the supplied briefcase carry bag and it travels very well indeed. I've been to maybe 100 cities with it. Super convenient. Hotel room ops are nearly fruitless though. You have to get outside somewhere. I've had the Buddi-stick attached to balcony railings, but again, not ideal for signal, and difficult to counterpoise. I QSO'd with Tack, JE1RXJ, in Japan using the Buddi-Stick and a KX3 from the top level of the Burbank, CA Holiday Inn parking garage. That was when the sun worked. 15 meters! Seems the sun has been broken for about...forever. That was in my WM7WM days.

    I'm rambling. Must be the Stella Artois.

    Happy Hamming and all around gadget experimenting.

    Wes
    W3KW

    EDIT: An easy and cheap way to suspend the counterpoise, is an orange fiberglass "snow stick." They sell them at home stores to mark your driveway for snow plows. I simply use a rubber band attached to the counterpoise spool and wrap it around the top of the fiberglass stick. Cheap, easy, and high visibility. POTA with a counterpoise can be problematic!
     
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  6. K5QBF

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    You can put the coil at the feed point. I asked this on ya radio 2.0 live stream with the creator.
     
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  7. K5QBF

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  8. W4FDT

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    I can attest that the tap points and counter poise markings are pretty much right on the money. Depending on your soil or location it might differ by just a little, but to get it back in line you simple roll in or out the counter poise wire by a few inches.
     
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  9. K5QBF

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    In my video I covered a few options like putting the coil between the two 11in pieces or on the base and stacking everything on top. It will change the tuning a little, but I don't think by much.
     
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  10. KK4YDR

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    How do you like the rig expert stick? Ive thought about buying one. I like the sark but its very fuddgity (sp?) And needs calibration often.
     
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