New Portable Antennas for 144 MHz and 50 MHz

I have been camping in North Carolina near the Smokies and I did have my 2 Meter and 6 Meter antennas up for the VHF contest last weekend. It's been a busy few days for me since I started my journey home.

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Standing Indian Campground, NC.

New Portable Antennas

My Elk antenna. This one is not actually new to me, but this is a new way for me to use it. It's my Elk antenna that I have used for satellite operation. It is mounted on a 25 foot flag pole, but I didn’t have any luck with it during the contest. I was in a bad spot between some hills.

(Click near the top of the image to enlarge it.)

Next time I will plan ahead and look for a spot out in the open. I can see using this antenna, this way in Arizona.

The next is a Diamond A502HB 6 Meter beam. I got this before I left and I was able to make a few contacts during the VHF contest. Again, not a real good location for this antenna. Mounted this one on my 30 foot flagpole.

Finally, above is a picture of my Inverted Vee up 50 feet. Got it up there with my Dog Gone Antenna Launcher. This antenna works great as always.

Thank you

I will follow up and let you know how they work again in a different location. Hopefully a location with some altitude.

I have a 2 meter transverter and will be using it more from the camper with my Icom 7300.

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Ken Hansen
2 years ago

I ran an Elk Log Periodic dual-band beam on a 6′ tripod at my in-laws house in Central Jersey for last week’s VHF Contest, snd had what I consider to be good success.

I only worked from 10:30 PM to 4:00 AM, only on 2 meters, and only QRP! I used my Elk with my IC-705, running on a battery pack, for ten watts.

I only managed about 32 FT-8 QSOs, but I reached from Maine to North Carolina, about 300 miles away.

my in-law’s house is on the highest point in the area, and the location played a big part in my success.

My tripod Mount:

was based on your video:

The lesson I learned is in contesting, the three most important things are:

  1. Location
  2. Location
  3. Location
Renee Culver
2 years ago

Too many of our new ham are getting the idea thar only VHF exists and THAT is ham radio. NOT BY A L-O-N-G shot. TRY HF!!

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