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KE0EYT
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Field Deploy-able Antenna Mast

I am currently working on a field deployable AREDN end-node / APRS digipeter station. Antennas will be a quarter wave ground plane and a UBI parobolic.

I'm looking for a mast system that can be brought out into the field, and fit into a trunk of a car. I love to DIY, but if there's something under the $200 range, I'm OK buying as well. 

I've seen some plans for chain link top rail stuff, some military surplus stuff, but would love any feedback on something that actually works. 

Thanks all.

w8erd
Portable Antenna Masts

I wrote an article in QST about using military masts.  They work well.
The article is here. You must log in as an ARRL member to view it.
http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/138962

In also made an accompanying video which illustrates the use of these masts.
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QST%20Binaries/Jun2011/QS0611Dixon.mp4

I also wrote an updated article for our local club newsletter, which I can't access right now, but will be able to later.
The current best vendor is govertical,com.

73,

Bob W8ERD


Bob W8ERD
 

w8erd
Sorry the correct vendor name

Sorry the correct vendor name is
https://go-vertical-usa.myshopify.com
 

n4tna
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I use the MFJ 1919EX.  The

I use the MFJ 1919EX.  The only problems I have had with it are the top section is only 3/4 of an inch and can get kind of scary in the wind unless guyed.  The other thing is that it's only around 20ft fully extended.  But the plus sides are that it's all fiberglass with a metal tripod base and it folds up to a little over 50 inches.  I got a light stand bag from a music store to store and carry it in.  You can usually find it at HRO or other online Ham retailers for around $150.00.

73 de N4TNA

KD7CAO
I have several Military Masts

I have several Military Masts I am trying to sell. AB577/GRC two are new (had the cardboard boxes) one is used. Send me an email if anyone is interested. my callsign at gmail works well.

Eric KD7CAO

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