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This is our 10m (33ft) Travel Mast. With a transport-length of only 67cm ( 26.5 inches ) fits also in a suitcase making it perfect for vacation DXing. The base diameter is 48mm and the tip diameter is 4mm. The mast consists of 17 sections and weighs just 1300g (2.9 lbs) The color is grey and we also supply a cloth bag.
The 10m Travel Mast is the great choice for a vacation DX-pedition.
We have a range of accessories that make using your mast really easy!
The base diameter is 45 mm for the GRP tube, 60 mm for the plastic end cap (dimensions approx.).
The mast is made of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) = Fiberglass. This is an insulator with excellent RF properties (very low loss).
Friction lock: pull each section firmly with a twisting motion for best lock. When erecting always start with the smallest section. When taking down always start with the largest section.
Top sections may be removed by unscrewing the endcap at the bottom of the mast.
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Posted by Sam VK2HAX on 21st Jan 2017
A short list of con's that are well known if you have done your reading;
* The top sections are very light weight. When coupled with a dual bander wire antenna the pole sags badly and I chickened out. Less a mast issue and more an issue with the antenna centre feed mounting not running down far enough. I use velcro strapping to mount the centre feed lower down around 6 meters as the dual bander manual suggests.
* Following G0POT's advice (and the poles manual!), make sure you load something into the bottom of the mast to cushion the inevitable collapse when your first getting used to setting up. I used a few layers of simple packing foam and have thanked myself when a mid section came loose and softly bounced off the bottom.
The upsides to this pole though are exactly as described! It fits easily into backpacks, its super lightweight and seems to stand up quite well in wind. Getting it stood up is not a challenge with some practice! If your using light weight wire antennas you can't go wrong here (The performance makes me seriously re-consider the extra 2KG just for a HD Spiderbeam).
Shipping to Australia was painless and the express posting was well worth it with a trip from Heathrow to my door in less than a week.
Posted by Jim on 17th Dec 2016
Ideal for what I want it for .. ie going to spain in January an it fits perfectly in my suitcase. looking forward to using it there. For its size and weight it is very sturdy.
Posted by Jeff on 9th Dec 2016
The telescopic poles are outstanding. Easy to use, and strong for their weight. If you DO break a section by doing something dumb (like I did) their replacement service is fast and at very minimal cost (shipping). I can't over-recommend Sotbeams.
Also - for those that are interested in spray-painting camo on these poles, they take paint reasonably well.
Posted by Phill Randerson on 10th Aug 2016
The collapsed size (67cm) is just right for my portable kit, and extending to its maximum size (10m) couldn't be easier. As I stated above, perfect for my needs.
Posted by Gaute Larsen on 16th Jul 2016
A littlebit soft on the top.
Posted by Jan Timmers on 1st Jul 2016
I've got some 12m HD fibreglass masts that I use to get the apex of my wire antennas up a bit higher. The HD part is particularily useful as the top segments are stiffer, and the mast won't bend that much under normal use with the lighter wire, ie: no heavy baluns or top heavy hardware. This compact light mast at 10m isn't really capable of supporting anything heavy at all, but then that's not what we're here for - if you've looked at other products on this site, you'll see the main focus is on shedding pounds while still being effective. This mast is effective in so many ways, as long as you remember what it's intended to be: easy to carry, easy to deploy, and perfect at reliably supporting a light wire antenna for portable operation
Posted by Simon Gibbs on 6th May 2016
Easy mast to erect and lower, fast shipping to Australia, easy purchase via website, nothing negative, this is my second purchase, and I have three of these masts in total.
Posted by Michael Sansom on 30th Dec 2015
Owned my travel mast for about 18 months and have used it /P and /A in a myriad of locations and conditions. I've been really happy with this as a portable dipole mast.
It packs down small enough for a travel case (when going on holiday) but, just as importantly, packs away in your backpack when hiking to a summit. I snapped off the very tip on trees while operating from a wooded hilltop but in truth I tend not to use the last couple of very thin sections and typically just remove them.
I've used the mast with guys (I use my dipole for two of the guys and then just add a third string) and with velcro straps to fence posts and gateposts. It's withstood gale force winds (probably not recommended but it did it) and gets my 3 band, 20/30/40m dipole up high enough to be effective, even as a QRP Op.
I recommend putting a little foam disk in its base (I use a bit of sleeping mat) to prevent damage if the sections collapse and I often pop a bit of PVC tape around the joints to minimise that risk.
An excellent bit of kit...
de Michael (G0POT)
Posted by Charles Preston KD7OA on 28th Nov 2015
This is a wonderful product. I have used it dozens of times as the center for different dipoles, including an 80/40 meter crossed dipole made with either Kevlar (very lightweight) wire, or #18 stranded copper coated steel wire, or a 40 meter dipole with #14 copper wire. With the heavier antennas and/or wind I used 2" No-Residue Scotch Tough Duct Tape to keep the sections from telescoping while in use. The antenna wires, including center baluns, were at 20' or 16' heights. After several uses, the tape will start pulling off small areas of the gray coating, which is a good tradeoff. I have several other versions of 20'-28' telescoping fiberglass poles, and I prefer the Travel Mast to all of them.
Posted by David G4ERW on 31st Oct 2015
Bought the mast for 'holiday style' DXpedition to Paxos Island SV8 (EU-052) in Greece. Fitted fine in medium size hold luggage. Used it to support ground planes, EFHW's and dipoles (not at the same time!). Lightweight dipoles are fine providing you obviously don't use the full height. Dipole supported at about 25ft.
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