My recent “toy” for working the HF-bands portably, is the I-Pro Traveller. This antenna is a centre fed half-wave vertical dipole with capacity hat end loading… for details see the description in the link above. The antenna arrived just two days after ordering at wimo.de… great service, btw.
First to say, the quality of the antenna parts is really great. It seems, that this portable antenna will endure many, many times of re assembling and I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with it for a long time.
But now to the first results… these are the facts, you really want to read, I think. 😉 Yesterday, in the late afternoon was the first time, I drove to a nice place in the surroundings of my hometown to errect the I-Pro. After measuring all the different bands with my analyzer, I got a good feeling, how to tune the antenna in a fast and proper way. BTW… now after the second day of use, I’m able to tune the antenna without my analyzer, only just with the built-in SWR of my TS-480.
So… ready, steady, go!
Quite after powering on my TRX and turning the knob over the 17m band, I made my very first contact with AA3GZ. Doing HF out in nature is really comfortable… no QRM at all, no NR or DNL necessary… it’s really a charm working there. And so it’s time to change to 15m… will this also work? Of course, it works! My next contact was with FR4QT (Reunion Island). But next, I was curios to see, how 40m works. I wasn’t really sure, if I should also buy the 40m extension. I was afraid, this would be a waste of money… 40m with a 3,5m high antenna?!? Can this really work? But although, I made no DX contact this evening on 40m, I had a QSO with PD0CQ, and was really happy, as he gives me real 5/9+10.
Because of the good performance last evening, I was really keen on working with the antenna in the morning hours. And so I went out in the fields this morning… 3°C, foggy… really wet and cold… Bähh! But my efforts were rewarded with great QSOs to new destinations, I never reached before. And so, Japan went into my logbook with two beautiful connections. The signals were so good, that even a little smalltalk was possible. But the very best of todays portable-work was a QSO with V6Z, a dx-pedition in micronesia.
Today I was able to work ZL with 5/7 on first call. 🙂
Conclusion… if you’re looking for a portable antenna with good DX performance, which is easy and fast to errect without help of another person, the I-Pro Traveller is really worth to think about.
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