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Band Hopper III; three band linked dipole

  • The Band Hopper III stores in one small light bundle. Add pegs, a mast and a radio and you're good to go.

Neatly fits in a rucksack or suitcase.
  • Optional rugged antenna bag with internal pocket for pegs. Colour may vary.
  • The package is supplied on three Wirewinders for the ultimate in portable convenience. There is nothing to lose as everything is attached!
  • We are pretty proud of our custom antenna centerpiece. It has been designed to give the ultimate in performance and utility.
  • Typical Band Hopper VSWR Curve (20m)
  • Typical Band Hopper VSWR Curve (30m)
  • Typical Band Hopper VSWR Curve (40m)
  • Our link insulators are specially made for us - to our own design.
  • Using a telescopic pole the linked dipole finds its own height, usually at the junction between the top section and the next section down.
  • If you are using another sort of pole, the centerpiece has slots for cable ties (supplied) so you can still use your linked dipole.
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$75.48 (inc Tax) $62.91 (exc Tax)
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Product Description

At a glance

Bands 20,30,40 (other bands possible)

Power rating 125 Watts

ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio

SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes

 

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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
  • 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!

 

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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 III is designed for the lightweight portable specialist; it also makes a great holiday antenna to have in your suitcase! Not sure what a linked dipole is? Click here.

The Band Hopper III covers three 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 III 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.

The feeder is a 10m (33ft) length of RG174 preterminated in a BNC plug. This is wound on a third Wirewinder. Also on the third Winder is a 10m (33ft) 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.

This is super-light too! The whole package consisting of the antenna, the Wirewinders, the feeder and the back guy weighs in at 390g (20m/30/40m version); that's just 14oz! Just add a mast or use a nearby tree and you're good to go!

No need to adjust the Band Hopper III, 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.

Each Band Hopper is supplied with a stylish antenna bag and three pegs.

The Band Hopper III is a truly amazing package for a bargain price.

Available for the following bands (select at checkout):

  • 20m + 30m + 40m (the most popular SOTA/portable bands)
  • 20m + 30m + 60m (made to order)
  • 20m + 40m + 60m (made to order)
  • 20m + 40m + 80m (made to order)

Notes

The 20m + 30m + 40m version is a stock item. Other variants made to order (normally 5 working days).

 


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  1. Bandhopper 3

    Posted by Baz GW0SFI on 18th Mar 2014

    Tested this at my QTH comparing it with a G5RV before I go walkabout with the Bandhopper. Easily erected (10 meter Sotapole) low SWR and about 1 S point lower in transmit value than the G5RV should give it 5 stars really!


  2. Best thing since sliced bread :) Band Hopper III

    Posted by Allan Jones on 13th Feb 2014

    I've been using the 60/40/20 version now for at least 50 SOTA activations in all weather conditions. Linked to my Yaesu 817 and a 7m fishing pole it is truly a 'plug & play' device which means that as soon as you are set up you can get the activation underway immediately without any tuning. VSWR is negligible so the 817 never complains. With comments from fellow Amateurs like 'whatever set up you've got there, don't change it' and worldwide contacts is enough to convince me that this antenna is truly value for money. Although it may look flimsy mine is still in tip top condition proving that it is a strong piece of kit and I really love the lightness of it when trudging up to a summit. This is not the only Sotabeams linked dipole I have used and my co-activator Steve MW0BBU uses the 40/30/20 version for his CW contacts with great results. See our activations on http://mw0bbu.blogspot.co.uk For specific band operation the Bandhopper linked dipoles are a perfect addition to your portable activations.

    73 Allan GW4VPX


  3. Fantastic.....Band Hopper III

    Posted by Ed Kacura on 7th Jan 2014

    I needed something lightweight and easy to setup.

    I had a couple of 20 foot Black Widow fishing pole gathering dust for years, so when I heard about Richard's antennas at SOTABeams, I got real interested.

    I've used end-fed wires, and the Buddipole for years on portable ops camping and kayaking. But there was always too much to take with, set up was never easy and the weight was a problem.

    I purchased a BH III, got out the old BW fishing poles and set it up in my yard.

    The antenna worked great and was easy and quick to set up. I used my KX1 and K1 with the antenna, got great signal reports on 40, 30 and 20 meters QRP !

    I think I've finally found a portable antenna that makes portable ops fun again !
    I'm even going to get into SOTA seriously now !

    Thanks Richard for a great product, the attention to detail and the craftsmanship is superb ! You got a winner on your hands here !
    I'd highly recommend this to anyone for portable ops of any kind !

    N7EDK in Arizona


  4. Why did'nt I think of this?

    Posted by Steve VK3JY on 20th Nov 2013

    If you are like me, you have tried all sorts of antennas for portable ops always looking for the holy grail.
    Well, stop - it is here in the Bandhopper series of antennas.
    They are light, very easily deployed with a telescopic mast, enjoy excellent SWR across the band(s) designed for, and best of all, give excellent results.
    Richard's service is first class, and his Youtube videos on antenna erection etc are of high quality and worth a look before you buy.
    As, that old ad said - "Don't leave home without one".


  5. I Hung Your 3-Band Dipole From A Lighthouse

    Posted by David Harvey, VK2DMH on 18th Aug 2013

    Hi Richard,
    I just wanted to let you know that I gave your 40-30-20 Band-Hopper Dipole a real stress test today when four of us from our local club - The Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club (HADARC) activated the Carpenteria Lightship at Datling Harbour in Sydney to promote the ham radio hobby to the public. I climbed to the top of the nearby 22-metre lighthouse and hung your little dipole as a sloper, clipped together for 40m, with the lower end lashed to a flagpole. I was a bit worried that the thin wire might not like the stress of the weight, and I was also running a TS-590S at the full 100W PEP for most of the time. Our signal got out gangbusters and we were heard up north in Queensland and down south in Victoria and even in Tasmania. Local noise was terrible from RFI pollution in the city, but that was out of my control. Your dipole handled the 100 watts with no problems, and some pretty heavy gusts of wind. You sure make some nice ham kit, Richard. Thank you from VK2-Land.

    PS: See https://www.facebook.com/groups/6123661701/10151758389061702/?notif_t=like


  6. No Exageration..

    Posted by Steve on 1st Jul 2013

    Hi Richard,
    Great piece of kit for SOTA work, SWR was good right across the band and I have to say deployment of the antenna is so easy and band changing a doddle... it makes you wonder why you haven't had one of these long ago...
    Highly recommended..

    Steve MW0BBU.


  7. Band Hopper lll

    Posted by Terry G0VWP on 21st May 2013

    Hi Richard,

    Used the link dipole on 20/40/60 yesterday on Birks Fell worked very well nice and easy to put up on the 7m pole up in 10mins, It is a lot lighter than my 5 bander and well made to, the croc clips are better to use as well better for cold hands if doing a winter activation and the bag came in handy to put all the other bits in like pegs ect


  8. Enjoying /P

    Posted by Richard M0RBG on 20th May 2013

    I now have 2 link dipoles supported from one pole and I can't believe how well they work running 100 watts from an IC-706MKIIG. They really have brought the fun back into /P as they are so quick and easy to erect and the lightweight construction stops them from putting strain on the pole even in stormy weather. Everything you need on 3 wire winders, put them in a SOTA bag and you have one neat and tidy antenna.


  9. Band Hopper 3 QRV in 10MINS

    Posted by Paul G4AFU. on 14th May 2013

    Quick to erect in ten minutes with a SOTA 7M pole and be QRV.

    Easy to QSY to 30 when I found the contesters cutting up 40m.
    I worked a W3 on 30m with 5 watts of CW. Sloping site was giving me extra gain I'm sure.
    This antenna is load of fun for portable work.


  10. BANDHOPPER III

    Posted by Richard M0RBG on 23rd Feb 2013

    Hi Richard
    Just to let you know that I tested the link dipole yesterday, centre height was 20 ft with legs inverted down to ground level.
    I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that the bandwidth was much greater than I expected with such thin wire and we put 100 watts through it without any problems. We used FT2000 with auto ATU.
    I will report further when I've run it /P


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