AMATEUR RADIO FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Antennas including linked dipoles, telescopic poles also ham radio kits - everything you need.
If you are thinking of leaving your ham shack with your radio, take a look. We can help.
The "W3DZZ antenna" is Charles Buchanan's famous design for a multiband doublet for 80-40-20-15-10m. Perfect for the keen experimenter requiring an effective portable antenna.
Our traps make the construction of your multi-band antenna much easier! Our W3DZZ traps are supplied in pairs, fully built and tested by us, you just need to make up your antenna. SOTABEAMS' traps are small and light, reducing the mechanical and visual problems that can occur with heavier co-ax traps. SOTABEAMS W3DZZ traps have 100 pF 1 kV capacitor in parallel with a 5 uH toroidal inductor. The traps will need weatherproofing before use. We recommend Liquid Electical tape.
I recommend using a 1:1 balun with all trapped dipole/doublet antennas. Our balun does a great job. The balun stops the feeder becoming part of the antenna system. My experience is that in the case of trapped antennas, feeder coupling makes them harder to adjust.
The following links describe versions of the W3DZZ antenna:
SOTABEAMS traps are the smallest and lightest commercially available traps.
Note: we provide only the traps - resonated and ready to use. You must make the antenna yourself.
Power rating: 100 Watt
Centre frequency: 7.1 MHz
Weight: 28 g = 1 oz
Length: 6.75 cm, 2.75 inches
Posted by MikeG on 23rd Dec 2016
These traps are robust and ready to roll. Using lightweight wire, Liquid Tape waterproofing, and a Sotabeams 1:1 balun, I had excellent results on 80 and 40 metres from the start, using my FT817.. Well worth the money.
Posted by Per R. Pilkvam on 20th Dec 2015
Bought a set of the W3DZZ antenna traps.
Works as designed. Great product quality. Used Liquid Tape for sealing. SWR is very good without a tuner for 3.7, 7.0 and 21MHz. Very lightweight, so this is one of the antennas to be in the bag for my trips.
Posted by Bob Younger on 19th Nov 2015
These traps, along with the lightweight wire and 1:1 balun, make a perfect. lightweight, but fully capable (up to 100W) portable antenna. Whether a field day event, or just camping, these components provide everything you need in an easy to pack and easy to deploy package.
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