I have just received the End Fendz EF-20 antenna made of PAR Electronics in USA. This is a single band 20meter end fed dipole.
The antennas is made for all HF bands except for the 80 meter.
I’m not sure but I think the matching unit on the end of the antenna is just a magnetic balun with maybe ratio 1:9 or 1:10 where the ground on the coaxial cable is making the counterpoise. Might this be correct?
It’s looking like a perfect antenna for SOTA activations because of it’s flexibility concerning easy installation.
I have still not made any contacts with the antenna but tried it on receiving.
I hang it up one afternoon as a slooper in my 10meter high telescopic fibre glass pole.
SWR showed perfect match 1:1.03 on my analyzer, I then connected my FT-817 and I could not believe my own ears when I switched on the radio, the first station I could copy was a Japanese station from Tokyo, report 5 and 8 on 14.201 Mhz, I tried a couple of calls with only 5watt but the Japanese had to much pile up, well maybe optimistic but maybe possible.
OK, is there anyone else who have experience on these end fed dipoles, the 20meter version or for other bands I could like to hear your experience on it. Looking forward to try it on some QSO’s.