I’ve got a Par EndFedz 20/30/40. It uses a shorting SMA cap to close a circuit and operate on 20/40. It works on 30M with the cap removed.
My goodness it is tough to keep up with that cap in the field. The best I’ve come up with is to drop it into a pill bottle when I remove it.
There are cheap chain-attached dust caps, which nicely cover the connector when using the antenna on 30. Non-chain shorting caps are available for $3, but chain-attached shorting caps are $25-35.
I’m thinking of using a male-to-male gender mender, filling one end with solder, and putting a brightly colored wire tie around the middle, to make it easier to find when I drop it.
Anyone have a better idea for how to either tether the shorting cap or make it easier to find among the leaves on a summit?
73 DE K4KPK / Kevin