I need to know if I can use either a fiber glass or carbon fiber telescoping pole for SOTA use in the field. I will probably be using a dipole or inverted V antenna and maybe a j pole or small yagi (Arrow antenna) for a VHF antenna at times. Since carbon fiber is conductive I am concerned about its effect on antenna performance. My preference would be for a carbon fiber 10 meter pole for durability and length.
I get the impression that it is best to get the dipole off the ground by about 20 feet. I plan on operating on 40/30/20 meters. The lengths of poles seem to max. out at 8 or 10 meters in carbon fiber and about 7 meters in fiber glass and usually the top 1 or 2 sections is not used due to there small diameter and therefore fragile size. I am having a hard time deciding what inexpensive pole to buy. Since I live in USA I cannot order the fiberglass pole that SOTAbeams sells because they do not ship it to USA.
I would appreciate any advice and recommendations as to what pole to buy. Thanks!
Robert Lasso W6RQR
Paradise, CA CM99