Packtenna in The Field – Linked Dipoles

I find linked dipoles are better and more efficient than any compromise antenna and NO tuner is needed.

This means you can run your FT-817 in the field without needing to bring a tuner. Dipoles are quick to set up as an inverted V but they do need 3 tie points.

It’s very useful to have various PackTenna tools in my antenna kit bag.

If its too cold or snowy and you cannot put up the dipole then a single wire antenna is perfect.

winter shack.jpg

I used the PackTenna 9:1 UnUn variant today to make a dozen contacts in the CQ WPX SSB contest as I had a single tree to use as a support pole.  I threw a Paracord rope with a hockey puck into the tree and was operational in less than 5 minutes.

Good signals on 40m and 20m into PJ, Z, TM and KP4

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Except for the shower of snow coming down from the tree limbs the whole process was super easy.

No problem making contacts with my backpack Icom 703@10 watts with the PackTenna antenna system.

I was a bit worried about water/snow getting into the balun so I am looking into a way to just ziplock the balun when weather conditions warrant it.

Sure wish I was in Oakland


One comment

  1. Mike Hohmann · April 3, 2019

    Hi John, probably no snow in Oakland!


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