I must say that the Clansman Dipole winders are really the best you can get but the wire that comes on them is a little heavy for carting up the hills. Don’t get me wrong the Kevlar covered wire is the best too, just not right for keeping things light. I have four of these antennas, there are no better wire antennas anywhere.
Second best on the winders front are ones that come with up to 100m of guy rope. I bought two of theses spools with different thickness’s of useful cord from Charlie’s in Connah’s Quay (they have stores nationwide and sell on the net too). I then wound the cord on to some card for storage.
Third best are available from several kite manufacturers or Richard CWI’s SOTABeams.
I made the ones I currently use from plastic card. They are extremely light but have developed a curve over the years due to me winding the wires too tight.
To keep things light I use a .5mm PVC covered hook up wire to make the linked dipoles. I have use automotive bullet connectors and Anderson Power Poles for the links. The last one was made using John GW4BVE’s sizes (on Flickr) without needing any adjustment. The next time I make one I intend to use the small gold bullet connectors favoured by the radio control model guys to reduce bulk.
Regards Steve GW7AAV