|The antenna manual|
This antenna is simple, a 1 to 1 balun and two wire winders with wire that are pre-marked and tuned for 40 through 10 meters.
What impressed me was the high quality of the product. The 1 to 1 balun and wire winders are machines very nicely. It is a little heavy at almost 1 pound (14 ozs) but I though if nothing else I would through it in the jeep along with the KX1 for that just in case moment.
|The contents save the stow bag and small loop to support the center that is almost useless (I added the orange velcro and BNC adapter)|
I did attach a velcro strap in order to have a way to support the center and also a pl-259 to BNC connector for the coax as that is what I had out at the time.
|Color coded and easy to read. Idiot Proof!|
|Just unroll to the band you want (Red = 28 - 29 MHz)|
|Attach your support line to the hole on the other end of the winder|
|The feed end of the dipole|
|Attached to the 1 to 1 balun|
I connected both ends of the dipole and hoisted it up to about 25 or 30 feet and used it in an inverted-vee configuration. No surprises and it works as advertised, just like any other dipole. I checked it on each band and it was broad enough for SSB and CW operations.
Although it is not an optimum SOTA antenna it can certainly be used very effectively anywhere there are trees to support it just like any other dipole. The only draw back may be that over time the wire connector may bend and break but it would be simple enough to just feed the wire into the hole on the post.