Antenna Giveaway! & Announcements

Just as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, or YouTube channel, or just sent me a bit of anti-lid advice (ha!)…. I’m...

Just as a way of saying thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, or YouTube channel, or just sent me a bit of anti-lid advice (ha!)…. I’m giving away a SOTABEAMS Band Hopper III+ antenna system! I’m absolutely sold on using dipoles for portable operations (when I can). They are proven performers! I’ve had such great success with my Band Hopper…


I have been completely humbled by the overall community of ham radio operators. Such a magnificent bunch of people! This is the least I could do to say thank you all for the support over the first couple of years! I’m looking forward to many more. I’m only just getting started…!

Giveaway is open to all licensed radio amateurs worldwide… want to enter? Just comment below with your callsign, or if you prefer, send me an email at with your call sign and place “Antenna Giveaway-Your call sign here” in the subject line. All entries must be entered by 23:59 UTC Aug 20, 2017. One entry per Licensed Amateur Radio Operator. I’ll collect all the entries & make a random drawing on August 21st, 2017 during the Solar Eclipse QSO Party! (Edit: If your comment doesn’t show up immediately, don’t worry, it’ll show up after I approve it unless you’ve commented on my blog before already)

Also a quick announcement that i’ll be headed to the Big Bend area this weekend (July 29/30) to activate either Big Bend National or State Park (haven’t decided which one yet). I plan on a Parks on the Air Activation, and hopefully if time permits, a SOTA activation from the Chisos Mountains! It has been a dream of mine to visit the Big Bend area since I was a kid. I’ll post future updates here on the blog & in the SOTA/POTA Facebook groups. This will be a special one for me, so if you can work me, I would be much obliged!


Johnny, K5ACL

(This giveaway is not sponsored in any part by SOTABEAMS – just giving away an excellent antenna system to one winner!)




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52 Comments on this post.
  • Ernie
    18 August 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Very nice site, Johnny.

    Thank you for your service.


    • K5ACL
      18 August 2017 at 1:04 PM

      Thank you Ernie! 73

  • George Hoffmann
    8 August 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Hi Johnny, Love your videos, especially the POTA ones. I am hoping to do a few activations this year as well as some SOTA since I live near the Smoky Mountains. Thanks and 73 DE N4GFH.

    • K5ACL
      22 August 2017 at 10:38 PM

      George, congrats, you won! I emailed you to confirm your address. Check your email 🙂 73 -k5acl

      • Bruce Malo
        22 August 2017 at 11:10 PM

        congrats George!! ENJOY !!

  • Rich Delozier
    8 August 2017 at 4:16 PM

    As a new HAM, your videos are a good source of information. Keep them coming! 73, Rich KC3JAB

  • Dan Wright
    6 August 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Great work and love the videos. Hope I win!

    • Dan Wright
      6 August 2017 at 11:03 PM

      Oops, forgot the call… N3DAW.


  • Joe Langreder
    6 August 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    73, KD9ETQ.

  • bruce malo
    5 August 2017 at 11:59 PM

    Is it true…. Reach 50 comments, and you’re going to give away a SECOND ANTENNA?

  • Marc
    5 August 2017 at 8:26 PM


  • Kris
    5 August 2017 at 4:35 AM

    Love your videos. Have Learned a lot. Thanks!


  • Ron
    4 August 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Enjoying the YT Channel! This is an awesome giveaway! Sign me up! K4SFC! 73

  • Larry Hance Jr
    3 August 2017 at 10:51 PM

    KI4OTR -keep up the good work! 73

  • Kyle
    3 August 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks for the great videos – KB3MNO

  • Dennis Schumske
    2 August 2017 at 11:13 PM

    KG2DWS. I like your videos. I have ben a ham for 2 years. I have a YAESU ft-450D. I just got into QRP this year with YAESU ft-817 and a Elecraft KX3. I retired from the Army after 21 years and am 67 years old. This Hobby keeps me active.

  • kq2rp
    31 July 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Thanks for the opportunity! ~ Chris KQ2RP

    • K5ACL
      18 August 2017 at 1:12 PM

      Thank you Chris! Heard you on the podcast the other day! 73

  • s
    30 July 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Yes, i would like to be entered to win the wire antenna. 73 kf4dcy.

  • Tim
    30 July 2017 at 8:51 AM

    M6JVI – Tim in England – many thanks for offering up such a great antenna. Just passed my foundation so a dipole such as this would be ideal for my temporary home or portable use. Keep up the great work. 73s

  • Jeff
    30 July 2017 at 1:27 AM

    KF5KWO, Jeff, Helotes, TX (just NW of San Antonio). Excellent channel and website, I’ll be subscribing.

  • Michael Moore
    28 July 2017 at 1:50 PM

    WA5AZQ Love the channel Johnny. VERY informative & concise videos. Thanks!

  • shawk63
    28 July 2017 at 1:49 AM

    Enjoy your videos …W0PWR

  • Fletcher Rutter
    28 July 2017 at 12:52 AM

    K5ACL, I enjoy your vids on YouTube.

  • Vance Martin
    28 July 2017 at 12:33 AM

    Thanks for doing the fun giveaway! I’m sure whomever wins will be delighted! -N3VEM

  • Fletcher Rutter
    28 July 2017 at 12:29 AM

    Hello K5ACL, I enjoy your YouTube videos. I am still trying to get set up on HF this would be a great addition.

  • Steve Newland
    27 July 2017 at 11:40 PM

    Just subscribed.. thanks for the great video’s. sign me up.

  • Fred Wilson
    27 July 2017 at 11:34 PM

    I need to get over to Big Bend myself one day. K5URU was talking about heading over there maybe next year. Maybe we can all set up a trip.

  • Mark Norman
    27 July 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Hey Johnny, I really enjoy you YouTube channel and your Blog.
    Mark Norman KN4CWT

  • Paul Risenmay
    27 July 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win a cool antenna. KA7APR

  • Joel Anderson
    27 July 2017 at 8:20 PM

    KC3ISE. One of those band hoppers would come in handy once I get started in the POTA world!

  • Fletcher Rutter
    27 July 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Hello K5ACL,
    I enjoy your vids, thanks for the giveaway. Keep on posting the vids.

  • Gary
    27 July 2017 at 6:45 PM

    thank you and I will be try to work you on the sota and the park Gary WW8O

  • Paul Passman
    27 July 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Thanks for your generous offer. The antenna looks like a great addition to use with an Icom IC-718 when going on trips with Boy Scouts in our troop as well as for ARES/RACES exercises.

    Keep up with the high quality videos. I enjoy viewing them and learning from you.

  • Gil
    27 July 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Excellent video. I am sorry I missed your earlier activation. I am just getting into the KFF movement. In fact, I am in the process of building a 30M dipole in hopes of possibly doing some FT-8 digital work from Devil’s Fork State Park (KFF-2892), which is near my home.
    My anti-lid advice is this: “Don’t argue with an idiot on the air because other hams may get confused aboout who is the idiot.” That was passed down to me by my Elmer many years ago. I think that was good advice.
    I have a KX-3 ready to go to the park. Better pack up some other gear too.
    73, de KS4YX – Gil

  • William Arcand (@w1wra)
    27 July 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Thanks for the offer. Recently got a KX3 and have been looking for various field antennas. Great videos. 73 de W1WRA

  • Thomas Wright
    27 July 2017 at 3:32 PM

    My call is AC8JT

  • Jim Ennis
    27 July 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Johnny, I’ve enjoyed your channel since shortly after our QSO during the 2017 Winter Field Day Event. Hope to work you again during the 2018 WFD event as well. Good luck and good propagation this weekend down in Big Bend. 73! Jim WY5Y

  • Rob Nyberg
    27 July 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Hi Johnny: Thanks for making this offer. SOTABeams’ products are well-thought out and very high quality. I’ve been happy with everything I’ve ordered.
    Thanks also for your blog and activation efforts.

  • Paul M0PGX
    27 July 2017 at 2:51 PM

    M0PGX – for the draw 🙂

  • Scott Johnston
    27 July 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Great contest! KD4EBL

  • Mike Hohmann
    27 July 2017 at 2:19 PM

    I’m in for the count, for the antenna giveaway, Johnny. Sign me up! Thx. 73, Mike, KEØGZT

  • Brian Altherr
    27 July 2017 at 2:17 PM

    As a new Ham it’s awesome to see folks who are willing to help others learn the art of amateur radio. Thank you for all you do. Brian Altherr KN4CZY

  • Jim Ennis
    27 July 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Johnny, I’ve enjoyed your channel since we worked each other during the 2017 Winter Field Day event. Hope to work you again this coming winter. Enjoy your trip to the Big Bend parks this weekend and hopefully, I’ll hear you on the bands. Good Luck and 73!

  • Craig Gilbreath
    27 July 2017 at 1:29 PM

    I’ve really enjoyed your channel for several months now. Love the scenic views of the hill country. Keep up the good work, I’ll try to listen for you OTA this weekend.
    Is your vanity call sign short for “Austin City Limits” perhaps? I’m a home brewer so my call is in reference to Zymurgy.
    Cheers and 73 from North Texas!

  • Taff Klepinger
    27 July 2017 at 12:13 PM

    I enjoy watching your videos, always something to learn. I’m a new HAM, well a yr and a half. Focusing on CW right now, long ways to go, lol.


  • RJ Hansen
    27 July 2017 at 11:54 AM

    I’m enjoying your YouTube channel, keep up the great videos. Big Bend sounds like a great place to operate portable!
    Ross KØRTS

  • George Sereikas
    27 July 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Nice job Johnny. Your YouTube Channel and blog are really well done. Keep up the nice work and good luck at Big Bend this weekend.



  • Kent Vanderploeg
    27 July 2017 at 10:52 AM

    W9WB – I’ve used other Sotabeams products with great success. I Just wish they were stateside for cheaper shipping.

  • bruce malo
    27 July 2017 at 5:04 AM

    I may be ready to attempt this qsl !! Then you’ll see the ‘most awesome qsl card in SW FL. N4BRM. SO, who’s bringing the CAKE?

  • Andy
    27 July 2017 at 1:02 AM

    Keep up the good work – I enjoy watching the videos. K9ABR

    • Roger Roehr
      27 July 2017 at 11:32 PM

      Enjoy your channel KK4YJJ