Over the years we have been asked numerous times for a really lightweight portable 6m beam. Building on over a decade of experience making and marketing portable beams, the SB6 is our take on this tricky requirement. It has been designed to be very easy to use in the field taking less than 90 seconds to assemble. Of course, it performs well too. It’s contest-proven, punching well above its weight and out-performing many people with much larger antennas!
Six metres is a great band for portable operating. Often called “the magic band” it sits at the transition point between the HF and VHF spectrum, sharing propagation characteristics with both. You really never know what will be happening on six! Click here to see if there is anything happening on six metres right now.
The SB6 Six Meter Beam has been designed to open up the world of six to the lightweight portable operator. Its components have been selected to make your operating experience a pleasure!
The SB6 is designed to be used with our Universal Hub (not included).
The fibreglass spreaders are made specially for us. They have the right combination of weight and strength to work effectively in a wide variety of different weather conditions. The couplers are machined in aircraft grade aluminium. They have been carefully sized to make assembly really easy.
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The antenna element is attached to the spreaders using rubber components made for us. We spent a lot of time making sure this antenna would be easy to use.
The SB6 comes with a Wire Winder to keep the antenna element tidy.
The perspex end-spacers give reproducible RF performance. To ensure precise element coupling, they are laser-cut with engraved spaging lines. The special fixing system is another SOTABEAMS innovation.
The SB6 comes complete with an attractive nylon antenna-bag making it easy to pack and carry.
The SB6 is designed to be mounted on a telescopic pole. It will work with pretty much any pole of this type including our SOTApoles and Travel Mast. The 22mm hole in the Universal Hub (available separately) allows the SB6 to find its own height.
Before first-time use, there is some self-assembly to do. This will take about 45 minutes. We also recommend customising your antenna by painting the fibreglass spreaders. Naturally we give full instructions and, of course, we are here to support you.
The SB6 is fitted with a BNC plug. Your feed system (not supplied) will need to include a balun. This is described in the instructions.
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