I would like to get some feedback from others who home brewed Buddipoles for SOTA. I know people buy the complete setup etc, I am interested in feedback from the folks who made their own.
I made two, using the 110 inch whips. I use them with my 817ND and LDG tuner. I really like the light weight etc. I constructed a pouch that I hang off the back of my pack so that the antenna does not get hung up on cacti etc. Sometimes I adjust the whips for tuning, others I simply extend them all the way and use the tuner.
From AZ, I have managed contacts in Hawaii, Canada, New Hampshire and the east coast and even an unconfirmed QSO in the Azores. On the face of it, it would appear that I have nothing to complain about right?
Maybe I am suffering from “signal envy” but I consistently get reports of weak signal. It is relatively easy to make contacts when I am the subject of the pile up, but a bit more difficult when doing S2S etc.
What I would like to know is how others with similar equipment are doing? Are your results similar to mine? Any tips you could pass on to make the signal bigger other than using more power?
I would like to be able to get some new contacts. Don’t get me wrong I love my chasers and I actually have one who I have not heard from in a month and am going to send an email to make sure he is ok, but getting some chasers from different areas would be cool too.