NEW FOR 2015 - add a high performance balun for just £4.95!
20m, 30m, 40m - the most popular portable bands!
15m, 17m, 20m - the High Hopper for the higher HF bands
20m, 40m, 80m SSB - the Low Hopper for the lower band specialist
Power rating 125 Watts
ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio - pretuned.
SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes
How long is this antenna?
About 28 metres end to end (20-30-40m version)
About 45 metres end to end (20-40-80m SSB version)
Band Hoppers are a complete system including:
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 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.
We offer an optional balun for the Band Hopper antenna. This is a high performance ferrite-core balun; not just a few turns of co-axial cable! Mostly a balun is not necessary but consider taking the balun option if you anticipate using:
The Band Hopper III is a truly amazing package for a bargain price.
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Posted by David G0FVH on 14th Jul 2015
On 4th July 2015, got permission from the National trust, to put Brownsea on the air. The antenna worked flawlessly, in all 176 contacts were made, mostly on 40m, but a few on 80m and 20m.
Running 10w from my Alinco DX70th, got me reports of 5/9 from almost all stations, the antenna really pulls in the signals as well, most stations were 5/9+20db some +30db !
A few ops said they were so impressed, they would be purchasing the same antenna !
Posted by Andy Barbour - M1HZZ on 12th Jul 2015
Great design,easy to open out and repack. I had some fun setting it up on the 10 mtr Sotapole first time round due to limited space but learned from my mistakes. Haven't had a contact as yet. First attempt was in very poor band conditions,and I was qrp at the time,but that is no reflection on the antenna or it's fantastic construction. Having purchased several antennas and other items from Sotabeams in a short space of time I can say that I have been impressed with all the items I've bought. Great ideas,brilliant hardware,good service. I'll be purchasing again!
Posted by mike on 29th Jun 2015
I field tested the sotabeams band hopper antenna it works brilliantly on all band's I made contacts in poor conditions it's lightweight and fit's in a rucksack no problem with my radio and battery I highly recommend this product
Posted by Paul VK3DBP on 2nd Jun 2015
This is a great product, well-designed and well-made. I used it on my first SOTA activation on Mt Macedon in Victoria, Australia recently on 40m and look forward to trying it on other bands soon (I cut my finger on the squid pole, so I had to leave early!).
Posted by DAVID G0FVH on 27th May 2015
Having never operated portable before, or seen the product, it took a while for me and the XYL, to set it up, but now I know what to do, it should be quicker in future !!
Excellent reports on 40m 59+ both ways, looking forward to more portable operating !
Well made piece of kit !
Posted by LA4TTA Erlend on 25th May 2015
Build quality is great. Its an dipole so it works as an dipole.
The standard setup for the antenna is inverted v configuration where the antenna also guys the mast. In the Norwegian mountains this often is difficult as the peaks are often very sharp, and the rocks are difficult to pound the stakes in, ;) In this situations I usually tie the mast to an pole/top mark/what ever is available and hang the antenna vertically (if I bring my 10m mast) or as an sloper (with my 6m mast). Still gives me contacts around Europe, and if the conditions are good, the world with my KX3.
Posted by BoB PALMER M3DPQ on 31st Mar 2015
Just tested the new three band clipper dipole with balun At RAF HENLOW SIGNALS MUSEUM call sign GB2SMH We operate there the first Sat each month,normaly h a HARI trap dipole at 40ft. The dipole went up on fishing pole at 7M over grass, We operated for 8hrs with 100 watts in terrible band conditions and 5 no contests running, so a very good day to test a new aerial, What surprised every one was though all the noise QRM and splatter We were contacting lot of QRP stations all day some with no signals but could get audio brilliant. that's the proof of a good aerial, any direction from Scotland/Wales/Irelandand over to France Holland/ We tried all three bands on the day SWR was below 1 on each band with 100 watts Try doing that with a G5RV and NO ATU All the smoke went to the contact station
At the other end of the scale I have been portable running my FT817 and IC 703 at 5 watts and below and had the same results. Thank to Richard and the team going portable and SOTA is made so much more fun. With thanks, BOB M3DPQ.
Posted by JOHN ALLAN on 16th Jan 2015
VY SIMPLE TO ERECT (WATCHED RICHARDS U TUBE VIDEO) USED IT OVER NEWYEAR IN SCOTLAND ACTIVATING VARIOUS WAB SQUARES RUNNING 2.5W FROM MY FT-817 -- MOST CONTACTS 5-9 AND ME RECIEVING 5-5 TO 5-9
EXTREMELY LIGHT AND SMALL WUD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE FOR PORTABLE AND /A OPERATION
WILL BE TAKING IT WITH ME LATER THIS YEAR ON A TWO DAY TRIP TO ST KILDA SO LISTEN OUT
Posted by Salvador on 26th Dec 2014
Gran rendimiento y muy práctica.
Posted by KC9JFN Steve on 22nd Dec 2014
1st setup under 10 mins. Checked into a Christian Net and everyone out of state was booming in at a s9+ except for one who was way down in Texas,and I am in Illinois and running QRP with a ft817
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