Ask 10 hams about multi-band end-fed antennas and you’ll likely get responses that run the gamut of “forget them” to “best antenna I’ve ever used.” Peruse the forums and you’ll get loads of opinions and advice–some useful, some not–about why these things do or don’t work on multiple bands, why they’re only good for QRP use, and why you do or don’t need a counterpoise. One of the most frequent things you’ll hear is the “RF in shack” complaint. It’s certainly a controversial antenna. Why, then, would you want to use one? Don, WB8PPB, sums it up nicely (referring to my product): “The fact that it’s an end fed antenna that really works makes it an attractive option for new hams on a budget.”
- Get on the air fast. No measuring or tinkering required. If you have at least 25′ of wire, hook it up to a suitable matchbox like my product, connect to your tuner and go.
- It’s compact, lightweight, and portable to fit easily in your go kit. Great for SOTA, Field Day, QRP, and emergency operations.
- It’s stealthy. The small, black box is easy to hide and you can throw the antenna wire just about anywhere it won’t be noticed.
- Works in virtually any geometry: Inverted-L, inverted-V, vertical, horizontal, sloper, or zig-zag to name a few.
- Does not require an elaborate counterpoise or ground radial system–the coax serves as the counterpoise or you can use a short (30′) piece of wire.
- Inexpensive for the new ham on a budget.
- It really works.
Bottom line: With my matchbox and a suitable tuner, an end-fed wire works well as a multi-band antenna. But, don’t take my word for it, read what my customers say about it.
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