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I have a bunch of the EndFedz mono-band antennas — love ’em!
For storage, I keep all of them in a canvass Craftsman carry bag with each in a labeled, plastic Zip-Lock bag. This way, when I go out for a portable radio operation — I just grab the ones I want and stick them into my Go Bag/Backpack.
Best of all — I don’t have to use a tuner with my QRP rigs! Tuners are great when you need them, but you lose valuable power in the tuners/system whenever your antenna is not well matched to your rig. As you would expect — this is particularly important when operating from battery power sources.
Thanks LNR — It’s way cool to know that I can count on these antennas, that they are fool proof, efficient and reliable in the field.
A happy camper, NM4TNM4TParticipant
Some observations for using EndFedz for Steath applications:
1) Most H.O.A.’s don’t have anything that prevents temporary use. So you can (usually) pop and antenna up and take it down without problems (given that it’s safe).
2) For those without trees — I have made mast support installations with cement and a section of PCV that will receive a 1.5″ diameter section of water pipe. This is flush to the ground. (See QRP article “A Hole in the Ground, via QRP ARCI magazine disk.) This way, you can have a robust mast to quickly attach antennas to. A fiberglass mast should be used to support the antenna, etc.
3) Most neighbors will not object if the antenna is simple and not complicated. Further, if you pop it up and take it down (at least at first) this gives them time to get accustomed to it. It’s also wise to strategically place the antenna as descretely as possible, where it is not in their face.
4) One way to engage those who ask is to tell them that you talk to the world with only 5-watts (much less that the 100-watts lightbulbs they read by). Or, you can limit this to being able to hear radio stations from all over the world. The key is to tell them something they can relate to, be comfortable with.
5) Finally, if you become challenged because you leave the antenna up all the time, you can tell/show them how it goes up/down in < 5-minutes.