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Band Hopper II; two band linked dipole

  • The Band Hopper 2 is a complete system for 20 and 40m
  • All Band Hopper antennas are supplied on three wire winders for easy handing and rapid deployment
  • We laser-cut the hardware from top-quality Perspex. The links make bad changing quick and easy!
  • Band Hoppers come in a smart carry bag designed to keep everything together. The bags have a clip so that you can stop them blowing away on those windier hilltops!
  • Typical Band Hopper VSWR Curve for 20m
  • Typical Band Hopper VSWR Curve for 40m
$63.31 (inc Tax) $52.76 (exc Tax)
Calculated at checkout

Product Description

At a glance

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


What do you get?

Band Hoppers are a complete system including:

  • A resonant multi-band dipole antenna with Perspex link hardware
  • A 10m feeder - high quality RG174 terminated in a BNC plug
  • A guying system for a lightweight telescopic pole (6 - 8 metres length recommended)
  • Three Wire Winders to ensure tangle-free operating
  • Three lightweight aluminium alloy pegs
  • A detailed set of instructions
  • A nylon carry bag with attachment clip
  • Our famous back-up for any questions that you have.

Band Hoppers work out of the packet - no messing, just fun!



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 (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 a mast  or use a tree 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):

  • 20m + 40m (the two most popular SOTA bands - stock item)
  • 20m + 30m (made to order - 5 working days)
  • 20m + 60m (made to order - 5 working days)

Each Band Hopper II includes an antenna bag and three pegs making it a complete system.

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    Posted by Steve Sissens M0ZSM on 12th Jun 2014

    A Brilliant Antenna, Worked 100% straight out the box on both 20 and 40 metres With my FT 817 at 5 watts. From central France to most of the UK and beyond. Very simple to set up and very stable
    in quite a brisk wind on the day. I was strugling before with a vertical whip antenna But not now !!! Enjoying my Portable/QRP operations again. Many thanks to all at SOTABEAMS for producing a quality product.
    Thinking of buying a Band Hopper?? Do It You will not regret it !!!

  2. Excellent Product !

    Posted by Ricky Wilson on 11th Jun 2014

    Anyone thinking of buying a Band Hopper? you should...
    Used mine for the first time at the weekend, simple to setup... Resonant Antenna simply the best. I purchased a 20m - 40m made my first HF contact using my FT-817 5w, was in Chelmsford Essex... first qso with someone in Chester/Liverpool. I worked 40m on the day, really performed well. Look forward to my next qrp trip. Will be buying more...

  3. Simplicity at it's best

    Posted by Keith Morrison M1VHT on 11th Apr 2014

    Used my BH2 for the 1st time today up on SOTA Summit SB-008 in pretty windy conditions.
    I managed to put up the antenna in less than 8 minutes by myself despite the pretty for mentioned strong winds.

    It worked a treat both on 20 & 40 Metres with the SWR completely flat across the whole of both bands.
    Contacts were made all over the UK on 40M and all over Europe on 20 metres despite running 5 watts from my little FT-817

    The included winders make it so easy to unwind and wind up again so everything is easily deployed for the next SOTA Summit.

  4. very well done

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2013

    it´s a well done dipol antenna. easy to transport, easy to built on the mast.

  5. Brilliant service

    Posted by Barry S Parr on 31st Jul 2013

    Top class service, my order arrived three working days after ordering
    Packaging absolutely sound. The Antenna works very well although at the time of testing the bands were a liitle flat.
    I will be dealing with Sota Beams again for other items.

  6. Good RX and TX across the resonant bands

    Posted by Gary (M6SWF) on 16th Jul 2013

    Good RX and TX across the resonant bands. Easy to set up. Light and very compact. Great product for portable use.

  7. Light and easy to use.

    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.


  8. Excellent performer

    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.
    Best 73,


  9. great for portable

    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.

  10. Performed well

    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.

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