Bands 20, 40 (other bands possible)
Power rating 125 Watts
ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio
SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes
The secret of most successful HF portable operators is not hard to find: it's an efficient antenna! No wonder that the linked dipole is the most popular portable HF antenna type used in Europe. The Band Hopper II is designed for the lightweight portable specialist. Not sure what a linked dipole is? Click here.
The Band Hopper II covers two HF bands with a high efficiency full-size halfwave dipole on each band. It's not a compromise loaded antenna. It's also designed to allow you to get the feedpoint high - that's important for good performance. Band selection is by easy-to-use jumpers; quick to change.
Using the Band Hopper II could not be easier. The custom designed centrepiece fits on an tapered pole (such as our famous SOTA pole). It slides down to the optimum height (usually the junction between the top and second sections of the mast).If you don't have a tapering mast dont worry, the centrepiece has slots for cable ties too so you can attach it to most anything. Don't like masts? The centrepiece has an attachment point for a throwing line to use in the forest.
Unrolling the dipole elements is a breeze using the Wirewinders supplied. When you unroll the elements you will notice that the Wirewinders are attached to 4m (13ft) nylon braided extension cords. This not only means that you cannot lose them but also that in rocky areas you can guy your pole by putting the Wirewinder in a crack in the rocks or just by putting it under a rock. The Wirewinders also make great snow anchors too so guying your pole in the snow has never been easier! We also provide pegging loops for use with our high quality pegs (not included).
The feeder is a 10m length of RG174 preterminated in a BNC plug. This is wound on a third Wirewinder. Also on the third Winder is a 10m back guy for your mast. No need for any additional guys and the two dipole elements plus the back guy are all you need for a stable and robust system. The back guy is attached to the Wirewinder to give you the flexible guying options above. Just add pegs and a mast and you're good to go!
This antenna is super light too! The whole package consisting of the antenna, the Wirewinders and the back guy weighs in at less than 450g (20m/40m version); that's under a pound!
No need to adjust the Band Hopper II, it is supplied pre-tuned. We do the tricky stuff leaving you to have the fun. This is a fully assembled product that works out of the packet
The Band Hopper II is a truly amazing package for a bargain price.
Available for the following band pairs (select at checkout):
Posted by Unknown on 31st May 2013
Good antenna for portable use, easy to setup and take down. Perfect SWR.
Hope to use it for long time.
Posted by Paul SIMMONDS on 25th May 2013
I have already submitted a review for this antenna, but since then, I have used it a lot more on SOTA activations.
I have found it to be a great antenna and have even been working DX with just 5 watts, into Europe & the USA.
Very happy with the BandHopper.
Posted by Nick G4IWO on 22nd May 2013
This is a simple but excellent antenna . The swr was excellent on both bands - this can be used without an atu. It was a doddle to get the aerial on a 7m pole up single handed. I'm really pleased with this.
Posted by Paul SIMMONDS on 11th Apr 2013
I have just started to activate SOTA summits here in South Australia.
Last weekend I activated Mount Gawler here in the Mt Lofty Ranges, and I initially used a vertical. I then set up the Bandhopper for the very first time (only bought it a few weeks ago), and my signals improved.
It was very easy to set up and easy to take down, and lightweight to carry.
The instructions on the web are great as is the helpful video.
Great little antenna.
Mount Barker, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
Posted by Ian 2E0EDX/P on 3rd Feb 2013
Used the Bandspringer 11 20/40M linked dipole for CASHOTA activation Brough Castle 03/02/13 on 40M SSB and found to be very easy to deploy, well constructed and has made the conversion to HF /P very easy indeed. 58/59 reports from all UK contacts.
Posted by Preston - WA6OEF on 8th Dec 2012
Nice looking - well made - easy to deploy.
I use this with my Jacktite pole to get plenty of height... otherwise I hoist it up into the trees. Tunes up well and is great for my camping and backpacking needs.
Posted by Pete G0TLU on 18th Nov 2012
Very well made and well thought-out product. After watching Richard's instructional video I put it up single-handed with no problem at all.
I have made a modest video at: http://youtu.be/0v_NjB4qtkM
Posted by James M6BXG on 11th Nov 2012
I wanted to get onto HF without the need for a tuner and other bits, I also wanted it to pack down small. This fits the bill hands down. I bought the 20/40m version. It's so easy to put up, using the SOTApole that came with my SB270 kit. No problems with the SWR on 7MHz. Packs up small in my rucsac. It's just so easy to use!
Posted by Roy G3TRH on 18th Oct 2012
I purchased this antenna after a number of disappointments trying to satisfactorily erect long wires suspended from trees. It is well designed, lightweight and easy to erect using the SOTA pole.
It has been optimised for each band but I used it with my KX3 which has an internal auto ATU and obtained a 1:1 match from 10m to 40m. I tested it in my local park and had contacts to Spain and Orlando on 10w!
It is well constructed and the wirewinders have little bands to secure the wires keeping everything tidy.
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