W3FF Buddipole - by ZR6KMD
After chatting with Budd W3FF I decided to try my hand at building a rotateable
dipole specifically for the 20m band as this was my area of interest for DX and
field station work.
Bud provided me with all his documentation on both
the Buddistick and Buddipole antennas.
This I used as a
basis for my experiments and built the first one. I had a two "S" point
improvement over my multiband Inverted Vee. The antenna is noisier, but that may
just be signals I have never heard before on the Inverted Vee.
Subsequently I have changed the dimensions slightly and improved
reception as well as SWR. This improved to the point where the
needle at 100W does not deflect at all without even having an
ATU in line.
specifications I used are provided in the JPG document
here. The new
dimensions will be provided soon with additional pics.
This antenna breaks
up into two pieces about 1.2 m long and is easily transportable for field
stations. It takes about 5 minutes to set up and tune making it perfect for
emergency operations. Thanks go to Budd W3FF for his assistance in building this
awesome little antenna