Portable Operations Hot or Cold with PackTenna or Chameleon Antennas

PackTenna Mini in use at the Los Cabos, MX Hotel balcony


Small portable antenna kit


The Chameleon MPAS Antenna in Play with short 30 foot lengths. No problem working the east Coast on 40m with 10 watts


The PackTenna in Cabana Ops


PackTenna Vertical using a MFJ-1820T whip and also 2m whips at Mt Umunhum, CA. Managed to work RM0L in Russia with 5 watts and he was 59+20 and he gave me a 59 with his yagi.

PackTenna 2m/6m Antenna Kit

I have been playing around with some new items from PackTenna.

I have made up some 6m, 2m and air band configurations. I am also using the centers for a portable beam concept using an Arrow Backpacker mast.

The parts allow a lot of experimentation and ability to make things your own using PackTenna building blocks.

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Center Insulator configured as a L Dipole mounted on PVC tubing for mast mount.

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Shorted Insultaor for Reflector on 2m beam prototype

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Planning to use the Arrow Backpacker Boom for this 2m beam

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2m beam up in the air on my Tripod

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Dipole using Nagoya elements


This is an Airband set up for monitoing Aircraft. It worked awesome and plan to use it for the next Airshow

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Hanging off some paracord. I think If I add a suction cup with a hook it can be a nice Hotel window antenna or someone in a condo or HOA


Keep Sciencing!

73 John VE3IPS


A Day Trip to Newington, CT ARRL HQ John VE3IPS

On recent business trips to the Hartford area I had the ability to drop into ARRL HQ for tours and operate the W1AW stations.

My recent visit gave me a great opportunity to meet Ed Hare W1RFI and Zachary Lau W1VT/ ex KH6CP who work at ARRL.

I got to hear the wonderful story how Doug Demaw’s Tuna Tin ended up in a hamfest bin for a $1 and found its way back home. For me this project got me super excited and got me started into QRP and building things that transmit, listen or radiate.

I was able to hold the kit after washing my hands several times and was able to feel the QRP energy.

The showcase holds lots of QRP projects over the years and is a museum in itself.

I strongly urge all ARRL members to visit HQ when in town and get a tour of the premises and learn a little about the “old man”, see his station and chat up with staff to further enrich your understanding of our great hobby.

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I made over 60 contacts in my 1 hour slot running a pile up on 17m. Lots of skip to the south and southwest USA. Yaesu FTDX5000 with 800 watts PEP on a Hygain Yagi. Please QSL via the Bureau or direct with a SASE to the ARRL Address