I have an AXE1 and a Buddistick, but got them as we entered the
cooler part of the year, so haven't had much time to test them.
The Buddistick can take a little work to tune, but once you set it
up it will send out a reliable signal. Just remember to straighten
out the coax. The AXE1 works well for quick operation, but I find
it didn't tune quite as reliably. If you give the auto tune button
on the KX3 a second tap it might do a better job. I'll test more
as it gets nicer. I also think I will refit an Alpha Loop with a
knob so I can tune it without power. A magnetic loop on the roof
deck sounds fun.
On 3/14/20 6:43 PM, Gwen Patton wrote:
It's interesting that you mention W3EDP antennas,
Joshua. I have one as my main wire on my home station right now.
I love the design, and it seems to work really well for me. I
haven't used one portable, though. Should work about the same, I
would think. I ran a half-sized one a couple of years ago, as an
expedient over the winter when my OCFD came down in a storm, and
it worked, just not nearly as well as I'd like. I also have a
quarter-size one I used indoors as a test antenna on my bench.
Again, it worked, but not super well because of the size and
I have the Elecraft AX/AXE portable antenna, but I haven't
really had a chance to test it out yet. Maybe this week, if
the weather is nice, I'll take it out in the backyard and give
it a try. I also have a nifty antenna I bought from a guy on
Etsy. He calls it a "SlinkTenna". It's the old standard Slinky
antenna, except he uses the junior sized Slinkies, and builds
the whole thing in a very well thought out PVC enclosure. It's
I recommend the optional support kit.
Ok, I'll be quiet now. ;)
On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 3:32
PM Joshua Wood <WoodJRx@...
Spring is right around the corner, so i'm
looking at my current portable antenna options. Does
anyone have any advice on easily deployable portable
antennas? I've had minimal luck with my homebrew EFHWs
using a 49:1, and my 9:1 not-so-random wires usually seem
deaf. The NorCal Doublet I made works okay, but is
finicky to deploy, and fragile (ribbon cable isn't meant
for 40ft runs, apparently). I made two KE4PT End-Fed
OCFD, and loved their form factor - but not their
results. My PAC-12 has had some decent results, but is
finicky to tune. My homemade Mag Loop (using the
chameleon kit) has nice sharp tuning and good receive, but
i've struggled making contacts with it. I've had mixed
results with a number of QRPGuys kits, as well.
I know it seems like a silly question, but- does anyone
have any advice for a portable (i.e. small packed size)
multi-band HF antenna (40-30-20-15)? A club member has
loaned me one of their W3EDP, but weather and family
obligations haven't been conducive to testing it yet. I
figured now is the time to build new antennas to test this
spring / summer!
73, Austin, KA3TTT