[ANT]tripod ideas


From: Dave Benham (dodgeboy@mindspring.com)
Date: Thu Sep 06 2001 - 14:17:36 CDT

Speaking of tripods, I took a tripod meant for a 35mm camera, cranked the
vertical post up until it came out, leaving the three legs in tact with a
1.25" dia. hole in the middle. Then I insert a twist-locking paint pole
which just happens to be the same diameter as the tripod post I took out,
and mount my W3FF portable dipole on it, then extend the paint pole up to
about 10 or 12 feet.

I haven't tried a vertical with this tripod -- I imagine the legs would not
yield the same effect as the Outbacker type tripods because they don't fold
out. Also, I am not making an effort to ground the mount to the tripod

I have used another tripod device that I picked up at a garage sale. I'm
not sure what it was intended for originally. It has a small horizontal
disc (about 4" dia.), collasping legs and a vertical pole that extends (not
more than 5 feet). I got an old Hustler trunk mount bracket and attached it
to the disc, then I can mount my choice of vertical antenna in it. I clip a
counterpoise to the horizontal disc. It works pretty well and is very

Dave K8TRF

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