Backpackable Antennas

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From: Michael T. Weaver, RN Ph.D. (NURS036@UABDPO.DPO.UAB.EDU)
Date: Tue Jun 06 1995 - 10:43:13 EDT


I'm finally getting around to put the finishing touches on my NE 40-40,
and would like to put together a backpackable station to take on camping
trips with my scout troop.

I would like to hear what others have found to be a workable antenna setup
for backpacking (so I can possibly avoid mistakes already made!).

I have not been able to decide if I should use a dipole, with resultant
need for a length of coax for or balanced line+tuner for feed, or some sort
of vertical setup, using minimal radials (no tuner; shorter coax run (weight);
less efficient), or some other configuration.

As always, there's no free lunch, and you compromise between efficiency &
weight.

I'd just like to hear what you've found to be the best compromise, in your
experience!

72,

Michael

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Michael T. Weaver, RN Ph.D. Internet: nurs036@uabdpo.dpo.uab.edu
U. of Alabama at Birmingham Bitnet : nurs036@uabdpo
School of Nursing Radio : kg8h
UAB Station QRP : ARCI: 8576; G-QRP: 8616
Birmingham, AL 35294-1210 Phone : (205) 934-6913
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