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Smurf Hunter:
http://www.buddipole.com/lotewh.html

I purchased this as an alternative to a long CB style wire whip.  My intended application was portable HF mounted to  a Wolfriver coils Silver bullet mini.

This is NOT a mobile install for a moving vehicle, rather something I can keep in a field kit.

For a telescoping antenna this is made very rugged.  Don't think of the flimsy types most am/fm radios have.  I opted to upgrade with a sturd aluminum knurled collar to add more support to the base.



The whole thing collapses to about 24 inches. 


For resonant tuning with the coil, I typically tune towards to lower portion (digital/CW) and if I go higher towards the SSB/phone portion I just partially collapse one segment to make a shorter element.

As far as performance, since I've only used it with the silver bullet coil, I cannot really compare it to anything.  I did use the reverse beacon network to view my TX on 40/30/20/17/15 meter bands.  So this whip is getting my signal out well enough.

I'd you need a whip antenna for portable use, this is reasonably priced and we'll made.

Carl:
That looks like the whip that BUDDIPOLE sells in the parts and accessories section of their site.
What a great looking whip! And at a good price too! I'm gonna' order one!

http://www.buddipole.com/lotewh.html

Smurf Hunter:
Here is the whip in action on WFD 2017.  I only made handful of contacts, but I can't blame the antenna.



40F degrees doesn't seem cold until you are sitting outside for 4 hours.  My dog didn't seem to mind...

Carl:
I had,past tense,a MFJ 12 or 15 foot whip and wind wobble cause the 3/8 x 24 threaded part to loosen as it was only crimped and the Buddi whip is much better constructed than the much higher priced MFJ.

idelphic:

--- Quote from: Smurf Hunter on February 02, 2017, 09:44:08 AM ---Here is the whip in action on WFD 2017.  I only made handful of contacts, but I can't blame the antenna.



40F degrees doesn't seem cold until you are sitting outside for 4 hours.  My dog didn't seem to mind...

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Like to hear more about the antenna and the tripod you have there.  I am getting gear ready for FD17 and a portable WiFi network is part of it.  I have to UBNT M5 for the bridge and a WiFi AP with Router to run DHCP and such, just need to add one more AP for the other end and I can have a really long Free standing Point to Point Network.

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