I’m very excited to get busy doing SOTA this year, as I have decided to replace my MFJ-9200 with a KX2 or KX3. The added capability is exciting and like any time I get a new “toy” I like to use it.
For my prior activations, I have used the QRPGuys EFHW tuner with reasonable success. It is however a bit flimsy, getting the slingshot out and getting a line over a tree is time consuming, and changing bands is a serious effort.
I’m looking to get a new SOTA / portable antenna to enjoy with my new radio and improve my SOTA experience. I’m thinking the PAC-12 vertical or Wolf River Coils TIA Vertical make nice options.
I’ve also flirted with the idea of getting a fiberglass mast and sticking with EFHW and/or dipoles (PAC-12 makes a nice 40/20 trap dipole kit as well).
I’m leaning towards the verticals and the reason is pretty simple. Here in the W3 association most summits are treed, VERY TREED. And we usually have a great ratio of Deciduous Trees vs. Evergreen, which in my opinion make things more difficult. On the other side of the coin, I want to do some Adirondack (upstate New York in W2) Summits in the near future, many of which have summits above the treeline and feature only rock.
I was looking for advice from people who have used both options.
My Needs In Order of Importance:
- Ease of Installation/Disassembly
- Signal Efficiency
- Fits in a pack
- Relatively Light Weight
I’m willing to pack along plenty of extra radials to make a full compliment in order to put out a good signal with the verticals. Wire is light.
Thanks in Advance,
N3TWM - Evan