As propagation here is getting worse on the higher HF bands, I would like to try some 80m activations.
I already have the 80m version of the SOTAbeams linked dipole but it needs so much space to fit it in even using my 10m portable mast that I am looking for a solution that needs less space.
I intended trying 80m from DL/AL-167 Falkenstein on Monday (report on dd5lp/vk2ji.com) but I hit the problem of lack of space and this is quite a busy summit with walkers and tourists.
I have tried a tripod mounted loaded vertical from a summit before and have not had good results and the RHM-8B doesn’t cover 80m in any case.
I am probably going to buy the UL-807 from Aerial-51 if available at Friedrichshafen, however it also will need a lot of space to put-up.
So does anyone have a suggestion for a lightweight, horizontal wire antenna that doesn’t take more space than a 40m dipole while not being compromised too much? I know this is a lot to ask, but perhaps someone on this list has already solved this problem.
I suppose a magnetic loop antenna might be an option but I suspect one for 80m might be quite large to carry and do these antennas cover multiple bands?
Thanks for all suggestions,
P.S. also needs to be not too expensive - self make preferred.