My last failed outing was a jaunt around Dartmoor mid Feb in the hope of getting up High Wilhays but wasn’t to be despite a two night wild camp on the Moor. Cold and deep lying snow made my intended route slower and more difficult for my short legged dog companion. So we didn’t get there in the end. Next time. Eny way I took with me in rather a hurry a 40m EFHW and MTR transceivers and did make a few contacts at night in my tent in sub zero conditions but as the MTR has three bands decided to build a multi band antenna for the next trip.
I like the EFHW for easy set up and operation so looked for a way of making it multi band. Two options being linked or traps. Links would not have the flexibility of changing band without messing with the antenna and having to leave a warm sleeping bag! So traps it is from SOTA BEAMS
I chose the pico traps built for 20 and 30m. Cut the wire for the appropriate lengths and attached the traps. All very simple. Testing in an inverted Vish deployment in the garden showed a good enough match using a SOTA BEAMS tuner on all three bands without the need to do any further adjustments.
Now for a return trip to Dartmoor!