Tripod Mounted Portable Antenna Recommendations?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KN4VDR, Jun 22, 2019.

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  1. K9NAX

    K9NAX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Josh,

    The BEST Antenna I've found for portable HF use on a tripod is the MFJ Feather Lite - "MFJ-2982"
    It is a 31 Ft wire vertical 80-6m 600 W - extremely light and portable. Actually found a carrying bag for it and refer to it as 'Bag-Antenna'. It is extremely easy for one person to set up and take down. And it performs like you wouldn't believe! And the price is reasonable at $160.
    Here is a link to it.

    Cyndi M Gillies - K9NAX
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  2. W5LZ

    W5LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bigger is better until it takes a winch to more it. Weigh down the legs! Or nail it down some way. If given half a chance they will all tip over, especially if you've got something 'tall' on it.
    I'll use them if I have to, but don't trust them at all, they hate me for some reason, I think. (A lot like my 'Ex', you know?) The higher you put them the more likely they are to fall over. I don't mind driving a few 2 foot stakes in the ground to hold them down, but really don't like the idea of making holes in my roof! (It okay, just do it right the first time.)
  3. KN4VDR

    KN4VDR Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's pretty cool Cyndi, did it come with that tripod? I'd love to see more pictures of it!
  4. N7IBC

    N7IBC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here is the portable antenna I use.

    Hi-Q manual tune military antenna on a surveyors tripod, with a 4-wire cap hat, a 5 foot whip, and counterpoise wires for 20M,40M,60M and 80M. IMG_0252.jpg
  5. KI2H

    KI2H Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I essentially use an Alpha Antenna FMJ field expedient antenna setup with 13' whip, 25' NVIS wire and 8' ground wire. I bought parts piecemeal and used wire, stakes, and tripod that I had laying around. The sack of firewood was counterweight.

  6. K9NAX

    K9NAX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry - It's been a while since I've been in here - No, it was 2 separate purchases.

    Although the antenna manufacturer does sell a tripod to use with it (the one that is pictured). Let me also clarify that the photo I posted previously, is not my photo. It is from the manufacturer's website.

    The tripod I/we (my other half is a ham too) use is actually a speaker stand tripod (no joke). Which is the exact same model and is identical to the one the Antenna Mft. is selling - only the Speaker Stand Tripod was cheaper than the one suggested to be purchased with the antenna.

    I'll see if I can come up with some photos of our antenna like this,which we used and performed outstandingly at Field Day this year. If I can't find any decent photos from FD - we might be doing a POTA event in early to mid Aug. and can take photos then too.

    Cyndi - K9NAX

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