Tripod Mounted Portable Antenna Recommendations?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by N4PEW, 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. N4PEW

    N4PEW 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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  7. KY9I

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    you can sometimes find SteppIR selling several CrankIR antennas at a Hamfest with a 9' tripod + 80 M add on for a large discount. At the recent Pacificon they even raffled one to a lucky Ham!
  8. KN4SKF

    KN4SKF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a super antenna, very disappointed, No customer service. mine is deaf as a post.
  9. KF4ZGZ

    KF4ZGZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use the MFJ telescoping 33ft fiberglass mast. Bought it at Dayton right after they introduced it years ago and still use it.
    I have used it with lightweight dipoles, vertical EARCHI endfeds, random wires of all sorts.
    If you have to have a tri-pod, I built one from PVC pipe that works quite well. I used it on hard surfaces.
    On soft surfaces, I pound a piece of aluminum angle into the ground and strap the pole to it with a bungee cord.
    Using a set-up like this and your imagination is the limit on what you can do.
    Experimentation is the fun and in the long run you will most likely come up with something much simpler and waaaay cheaper that
    works as well or better than the pricier commercial options.
  10. K1BOO

    K1BOO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love mine.

    Back story: New ham. Ham shack literally under construction without a final decision about a permanent antenna due to a number of challenges. We got this to get me on the air in the mean time. In the first three months of occasional use, I hit 21 countries primarily on 20 meter. While it will never be the equivalent to a 'real' antenna, the has been a fantastic temporary fix and and a solid performer if someone needed a compact portable option. If yours is truly "deaf as a post", and you have the radials in place and have adjusted the coil and tuned it (I only have the internal tuner on my Yaesu 450D), it sounds like it's broke.

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