In reply to 2E0YYY:
Sorry for the late response, Mike. My PC was down at the time you posted and I’ve only just remembered to dig out this thread.
s interesting that youre using the Diamond X-5000 /p. This antenna
is becoming quite popular amongst activators. You are the fourth
activator that I`m aware of that uses this particular antenna. Have
you used it on VHF or UHF from a summit?
We have been using it /p for about 12 months now. Initially it was just when Neil activated (+ carried it up), then I started using it for gain on the lower ones. I soon found myself using it on all except the 10 pointers, although I did take it up Helvellyn last year and also up Glyder Fawr for my MG. The x-5000 itself is unbelievably lightweight but for an easy & quick set up we use quite a heavy duty telescopic decorator’s pole which is very stable when guyed and so easy on a fence post. (I am thinking of doing some longer walks including WOTAs and these may well be MFD only).
The given gain figures of the Diamond X-5000 seem respectable for a
antenna of a manageable 1.8m length when working /p (maybe a little
shorter when broken down?)
X-5000 broken down is 1.62m, the collapsed decorator’s pole 1.3m, both are just short enough to carry in the rucksack side pocket unless going through a forested area with more than the odd low tree (However, one has to be careful not to knock the owner out when bending down to stroke their dog)!
At Â£140 pounds, not a cheap antenna though…
We were lucky and bought it secondhand. Having tried it though, I would replace at the full price if necessary (grumble, grumble).