The Buddipole components I ordered a few weeks ago have finally come in, so that I may construct what the POTA group calls the ‘Vertzilla’ antenna. Essentially a 1/4w elevated vertical, 5 feet off of the ground, with a tuned radial for every single HF band from 10-80m. This will give me a resonant antenna on each band, the only downside will be when I band hop, i’ll have to adjust the whip & switch out the radial. If I play my cards right, and get everything organized & prepped beforehand, it should make for an easily deployable portable ham radio antenna.
In modeling, the elevated 1/4w vertical can beat the link dipole, but only in some areas, which is why i’ll be using one radial to make it directional (possibly floating the idea of using two radials). There’s a discussion going on over right now in the POTA group, that because of where we are in the sunspot cycle, and the chance for over the pond DX is rare, that I shouldn’t be focusing on this antenna, what do you guys think? I’m not trying to make the argument that this antenna will perform better than the link dipole – my reasoning for this antenna is not to squeeze more gain out of my setup, but rather have a self supported antenna system that doesn’t rely on telescopic poles. It’s nice to have several antennas in your arsenal for portable ops.
I’ve tried the ground mounted vertical route, but with spotty results. Probably because when I go portable, I only lay down 3 or 4 radials on the ground & in my experience, you need tons of them laying on the ground to reduce ground losses. Maybe I’ll have a different experience with the elevated vertical.
I was a bit worried initially when I discovered that the Buddipole Versatee only fits on a 1/2 inch threaded stud, but found out that it will accept u-bolts! It fits perfectly on my upside down camera tripod. The U-bolts are 1 3/4″ width X 3.5″ length which were a bit too narrow to fit on a speaker tripod.
Hoping the weather holds up this weekend. I plan on testing the elevated vertical setup this Saturday late morning, in preparation for the upcoming SOTA trip to McDonald Observatory.