Anyone have experience with HF antennas on short masts?
I’m hoping to do a few 1 to 2-day GM activations in the New Year and want to fly rather than drive (from the London area). My SOTAbeams 10-m Travel Mast is too long (67-cm travel length) for carry-on luggage. I realize I’m going to have to compromise a bit.
SOTAbeams do a mini telescopic fiberglass pole (51-cm travel length). I’m confident it will support a 2-m slim jim but what about HF antennas? It’s 4-m high but you can’t use the top 1 or 2 sections. So, is 3.5m too low for my SOTAbeams 20-30-40m linked dipole? I have a (LNR Precision) 20-30-40m EFHW – would that be better?
P.S. I’ve only seen discussion about higher masts on the reflector.