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POTA Antennas - Linked Vertical

I enjoy designing antennas. I even have a US patent for one! This is an area where hams can still build their own gear. It is rewarding to make contacts with something MacGyver'd out of stuff in the junkbox!

Multi-Band Linked Vertical

Performance:
Full Size Quarter Wave
No Coils - No Traps - No Transformer
essentially same as DX Commander ($250+)
2 S-units / 6 dB over Wolf River TIA ($150+)
700+ POTA QSOs and counting with this antenna

Cost:
$15 for 50 feet of 18/2 copper speaker wire
(100 feet, separated, for element & 4 radials)

Features:
• omni-directional
• low radiation angle
• easy to change bands
• budget-friendly / extremely low cost
• low impedance / low voltage for safety
• field-reparable without soldering
• wide bandwidth - no tuner needed
• lightweight / 120 g / 4 oz
(20 gauge speaker wire)

Deployment:
• hang from tree or fiberglass mast
• feedpoint is just off the ground
• lower & move link for band changes

tripod
Tri-Band Linked Vertical

tripod
Closeup of Link

2 Optimized Designs:

>40m/20m/17m for SSB<

>40m/30m/20m for CW & FT8<



Check out my book:

Successful POTA—>

for even more antennas

22,000 QSOs and counting!

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