Bought one of these new rucksack antennas last week curtesy of Sotabeams, http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/RSS.htm
On receipt of this antenna, bearing in mind I have only used it in the shack,I’am pleasently suprised with the excellent reports I have had locally using the antenna and the VX-170. An inexpensive 1/2 wave, portable, lightweight antenna, 2m of RG58 coax terminating in a BNC female plug. I hope to use this set-up on future activations. In the instructions though, it makes mention to operating while pedestrian mobile with the antenna, on summit activating keeping the same set-up assembled in the rucksack, fair comment. However, mention is also made to operating by slipping the open end of the pvc tubing over the end of an up-turned walking pole to give more elevation, excellent idea. In that case I would have expected the pvc pipe to have a plug inserted in the open end to accommodate a good fitting walking pole (Leki). Further, a collar fitted to the pipe and guying ropes plus pegs as issued with the WASP Special or similar.Perhaps the one bought is the prototype.
Anyone else thought along the same lines or a homebrew alternative?