I’ve been looking at doing a loaded vertical like this with a 3m pole I have, used to be a bit longer until snapped the bottom section, but it is only 90g total weight. I’m not the biggest fan of loading, it’s just an idea…
I do have a 10m mast but it’s not lightweight by any means.
Precisely what I want to do, currently the EFHW takes time to string out, throw through trees and or put up a mast. It’s why I was looking at the MFJ 5m telescopic steel whip; that plus a base and some radials and I’m on air ASAP. I’m not getting rid of the EFHW or dipole, just looking for another option.
And in VK pretty much all soil is poor, very very old dirt. Although I found out recently there is a good patch where they built the Radio Australia transmitter antenna array.
There’s a few things going on with the idea behind this antenna. Firstly long hikes, I did a 10 day hike at the start of the year and ended up with 4kg of radio gear, since then I have been learning Morse and looking at radios like the Mountain Topper; and how to keep gear for a future hike about or under 1kg. On that same trip I saw some of the hardest summits to operate from, rocks and no dirt and nowhere to string up a mast, if I dropped my 817 in the wrong place it would have been gone for a very ling time. And I saw this video on YouTube https://youtu.be/zn0W1YOX47A (jump to 1:00 so see his antenna being set up); reminded me that verticals can be easy to set up and suit some places better than dipoles.
Thanks for all the replies so far!