10m Flowerpot Antenna - VK Summer Es

I have constructed a mono band 28 MHz coaxial dipole (flowerpot antenna) for the southern hemisphere summer E season.

The 2nd and 3rd days of summer have shown promising results for the next two to three months. Whilst VK doesn’t have the ham operator population density as that found in the northern hemisphere, if you are patient, pick the right time for sporadic E to form and keep a close eye on Australia’s space weather forecast, you can qualify a summit on 10m with four unique QSOs.

The SOTA activator map shows the antenna has a good omnidirectional radiation pattern working VK4, VK5, VK7 and ZL out to 2100 km. SOTA maps acknowledged.

73, Andrew VK1AD


So far three activations using this 10m antenna, all three qualified on 10m, including a recent HEMA activation. Audio reports are good and no sign of RF feedback :hugs:

Andrew VK1AD


I constructed this antenna and tested it on a SOTA activation yesterday. I didn’t stay on 10m long due to contest QRM but managed amongst others a S2S QSO with Stavros SV2RUJ/P in Greece.

73 Chris M0RSF



Hi Chris.

Excellent video as always. Although my 40m EFHW has brought in some good 10m DX for me on Sota summits I’ve had a few good contacts with that 10m ‘Flower pot’ from the garden. As the wx warms up I’ll be using it more often on the mountaints. I used the tube from an old silicone dispenser for the coil which is 50mm diameter and ‘free’ once you’ve finished the tube :grin:. Good to hear Nick, Dave, Phil and Mick calling in to you.

73 Allan GW4VPX


Hello Allan,

I’ve read reports of people working things using all sorts of antennas on 10m.
From my home QTH at the moment I’ve worked a local SOTA, one in Malta but mainly all I hear is Greece. As propagation changes and more Sporadic E is on 10m I expect Activators and Chasers to have a blast and log plenty.

Also, Natalie and I are in Anglesey for a week in June staying near Holyhead Mountain. There will be some SOTA activations so keep an eye on the Alerts. Hope to work you then.

73 Chris M0RSF

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Will be listening for you in June👍

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I was out yesterday also, on a boggy G/WB-020. Despairing of finding a free frequency on any HF band I decided to stay on 10M and join in the contest. 22 logged in 40 minutes, including USA and Caribbean. The flowerpot works a treat !


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Just wanted to give thanks for the 10m flower pot instructions. Used it on my initial activation yesterday. very first QSO was an S2S with ZL and also a contact in Japan. Instructions were easy to follow and antenna worked really well. Thanks again :slight_smile:


How many bulbs were used as counterpoise grounding elements in the flower pot?

Qrv EA7 for 2 weeks …PoTA baby

Hi Chris, great to see you back, look forward to the future videos. You might want to look at the web site of the designer of the Flower Pot antenna, John vk2zoi (SK, Jan 2021 ). Here is a link-
Flower Pots – VK2ZOI.

The site is maintained by his radio club he was a member of (President for 30yrs).

Enjoy and cheers.

Geoff vk3sq


The bulb and earth go in the flower pot, daffodils are colorful, and the flowerpot sits in a saucer to collect excess water.

I hang mine from a glass fibre mast, sans bulbs, and it drains naturally.


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Well done on the nice QSO’s Mike. I’m looking forward to doing an activation when there isn’t a contest on.

73 Chris M0RSF

Hello Geoff, it was so nice to be back out. Thanks for the link, I will have a read.

73 Chris M0RSF

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I built a 10m flowerpot yesterday.
Self resonant coil is resonant on 28.1MHz.
Fits nicely on 6m pole with coil 700mm AGL.
Swr 1.6:1 28.0 to 28.2
Input impedance at 28.08MHz, 67 j20Ohms, swr 1.5:1
Coax below coil is “rf dead”
Easy to deploy.
If I built another, I would try equal top and braid section at 2510mm each, aiming to reduce the 67 Ohms a bit.
Looks like a useful activation antenna.
Just looking for a dry day now!

Thanks for the stimulus.