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Operating your amateur radio equipment in field conditions can be a lot of fun if you have some compact, well designed equipment for your venture outdoors. It goes without saying that a strong, easy to erect, and portable HF antenna will serve you well in Mother Nature's playground.
In this video, Denis (VE3BF) shows us how some wire, a simple 4:1 balun, and an inexpensive fishing rod can become the basis of a great outdoor antenna. Denis uses a spirally-wound wire on a readily available Shakespeare telescoping 20 carbon fiber fishing pole from Amazon to form a simple, inexpensive portable antenna for 40 meters and other bands. When you're done with operating, the fishing pole collapses into an easily carried package which can be stored with the antenna components in your vehicle for the next field or emergency situation. Also, this simple antenna can be used as an easily erected and take down antenna for deed-restricted properties.
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).