Portable Antenna Classics
Antennas for Operating On the Go!
Portable operating is gaining popularity in the Amateur Radio community. For amateurs who are unable to install permanent outdoor antennas at home, portable installations are often the only way they can get on the air. There are also amateurs who simply enjoy operating outdoors, in nature. For them, portable antennas are necessities.
ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles gathered from more than three decades of QST, ARRL’s membership journal. Featuring easily constructed antenna systems that offer adequate performance, this book offers practical ideas and projects to get you on the air from anywhere:
Single and multiband designs for all bands from 80 through 10 meters.
Antennas for 6 meters, 2 meters and even 70 centimeters.
Masts and Other Supports
Ingenious ideas for getting your portable antenna off the ground and keeping it there.
Softcover: 128 pages
Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; First Edition (June 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8 3/16 × 10 7/8 inches
Shipping Weight: .75 pounds
The NJQRP Squirt by Joe Everhart, N2CX
80 – 10 Meters
Zip Cord Antennas and Feed Lines for Portable Applications by William Parmley, KR8L
The Octopus – A Four Band Antenna for Portable Use by Geoff Haines, N1GY
8-Band Backpacker Special by Jim Andera, WB0KRX
80 – 2 Meters
Build a Portable Antenna by Robert Johns, W3JIP
A Packable Antenna for 80 through 2 Meters by Dennis Kennedy, N8GGI
60 – 10 Meters
The Ultimate Portable HF Vertical Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X
40 – 20 Meters
A Small, Portable Dipole for Field Use by Ron Herring, W7HD
40 – 10 Meters
A Simple and Portable HF Vertical Travel Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X
The Miracle Whip: A Multiband QRP Antenna by Robert Victor, VA2ERY
Build an HF Walking Stick Antenna by Robert Capon, WA3ULH
40 – 6 Meters
A Ground-Coupled Portable Antenna by Robert Johns, W3JIP
An Off Center End Fed Dipole for Portable Operation on 40 to 6 Meters by Kazimierz Siwiak, KE4PT
A Portable Twin-Lead 20-Meter Dipole by Rich Wadsworth, KF6QKI
20 and 17 Meters
A Paint Pole Antenna by Anthony Salvate, N1TKS
20 – 10 Meters
Fishing for DX with a Five Band Portable Antenna by Barry Strickland, AB4QL
Super Duper Five Band Portable Antenna by Clarke Cooper, K8BP
A Portable Inverted V Antenna by Joseph Littlepage, WE5Y
A Portable 2-Element Triband Yagi by Markus Hansen, VE7CA
A Simple HF-Portable Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X
The Shooter—A 3-Band Portable Antenna by E.W. Ljongquist, W4DWK/W1CQS
A Traveling Ham’s Trap Vertical by Doug DeMaw, W1FB
The Black Widow – A Portable 15 Meter Beam by Allen Baker, KG4JJH
Two on 10 by Al Alvareztorres, AA1DO
A Portable Two-Element 6 Meter Quad Antenna by Peter Rimmel, N8PR
The Take Down Yagi by Jerry Clement, VE6AB
Build a Portable Groundplane Antenna by Zack Lau, KH6CP/1
A Traveler’s 2-Meter GP Antenna by Doug DeMaw, W1FB
A Portable Quad for 2 Meters by R.J. Decesari, WA9GDZ/6
2 Meters and 70 Centimenters
The DBJ-2: A Portable VHF-UHF Roll-Up J-Pole Antenna for Public Service by Edison Fong, WB6IQN
Masts and Other Supports
A Tilt-Over Antenna Mast Born of Necessity by Bruce Belling, N1BCB
A One Person, Safe, Portable and Easy to Erect Antenna Mast by Bob Dixon, W8ERD
The Fiberpole – Evolution of an Antenna Mast by Dave Reynolds, KE7QF
A Vehicle Mounted Mast for Field Operating by Geoff Haines, N1GY
A Portable Antenna Mast and Support for Your RV by Paul Voorhees, W7PV
Amateur Use of Telescoping Masts by R.P. Haviland, W4MB
Portable Antennas and Supports by Gary Sutcliffe, W9XT
Portable operating has become a hot-button issue in Amateur Radio today. Much of this interest is being driven by the fact that so many amateurs are now impacted by severe antenna restrictions imposed by communities and homeowner associations. When they can’t permanently install antennas outside their dwellings, their only alternatives may be to either use temporary portable antennas that they can set up and take down easily, or operate in locations away from their homes.
There is also a growing segment of the amateur population that is passionate about the outdoors, be it fishing, hiking, camping and more. Many hams, young and old alike, are taking their radios into the field and they need compact, lightweight antennas for the journey.
Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles harvested from more than three decades of QST magazine. In selecting the articles for this anthology, the emphasis was placed on antennas that offer acceptable performance while still being attractive in terms of size and weight. We have also included several articles on the topic of masts and supports for portable antennas.
I hope you’ll find this book enjoyable and useful!
73 . . .
Steve Ford, WB8IMY
QST Editor / ARRL Publications Manager
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