Here you are a recent picture of one of my laster Buddipole experiences ! Well, I’ve played with this antenna one month, and overall impressions, is really positive. I’ve been able to compare this antenna to my old 3 bands dipole antenna.
First of all, one of the main reason I’ve bought this antenna is the “portability”, even if I’ve choosen the deluxe edition that includes the tripod.
Since my current antenna restrictions does not permit me to have a real antenna on the roof, the portable operations are my current only way to be active on ham radio bands.. (except few sporadic digital activities from home, using this antenna on the balcony).
Well, about gain, you cannot ask much to a portable antenna, what I can tell you is that signal reports received compared to the dipole, 7 meters above the ground, were really comparable in 15-17-20 meters.
Tuning this antenna is very easy in all bands till 20 meters, for lower bands, gain and tuning is really problematic. In 40 meters in example, I’ve never been able to go lower than 3:1 swr. I know that on lower bands is recommended very free space, and some particular procedurres, but really have not had much time to investigate yet on this.
I’ve noticed also that SWR change with the rotation of the dipole, and with the height of the mast. It often increase.
Manufacture of the antenna is good, also accessories, are well done. I’ve just experienced a problem with a pole connector, since the very first day, I will keep in touch with Bud to have some info. The Bag is usefull to carry on everything including the tripod, thta is the biggest thing inside. All the antenna bag, once full, is not heavy at all.
As backup antenna and for excercise I will try to build a home made buddipole antenna, with pvc tubes, maybe a dedicated version for 30 meters band, for my PSK31 nights from the apartment. More info to come.
Somebuddipole antenna related links can be found here, including a modified version that use wires instead of whips.
[tags] hamradio, antenna, ham radio, dx, amateur radio[/tags]