***New for 2015. Add a high performance balun for just £4.95**
Bands 20 m, 40 m
Power rating 125 Watts
ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio
SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes
How long is this antenna? About 28 metres end to end (20-40 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 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.
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Posted by Daniele IW3HMH on 22nd Jul 2015
Arrived in some days, the antenna was really light and well packed. I tested the dipole in a field. The antenna shows little bandwidth due to reduced wire diameter, as expected, but nothing that could cause troubles. Mounted on a 7mt pole in a couple of minutes, i'm now looking for some free time to pack it with 817 and test on the field. Unfortunately i can't see free-time bundle for sale on sotabeams... ;)
Posted by N7ISS on 26th May 2015
If your into QRP or SOTA you know that using an antenna tuner is a very bad idea. This antenna needs none and works great. Very simple to put up and gets a great signal. Changing bands is very fast and easy. I like this antenna so much I bought a 4 band version for my GO-BOX rig.....
Posted by Wayne VK5LWR on 25th May 2015
Very well designed and clever antenna.
When I first used this antenna it was amazing how well it got out, especially when QRP with 5 watts. I made several 5/8 to 5/9 contacts all around Australia with only 5 watts. Even made contact into New Zealand on 20m and again I was running QRP. Basically a bloody fantastic antenna.
Highly recommend to all.
Posted by Colin Redwood G6MXL on 26th Nov 2014
My very first contact with the Two-band portable dipole antenna system for 20m and 40m was on 15m. I worked the States from EA8 running just 2.5 Watts SSB from my FT817ND. Very pleased.
Posted by M0RLM on 6th Oct 2014
Neat kit - really well put together that will simplify your life a lot on top of the hill. You only need a pole, a radio and a paddle and you are ready to go. If there are trees around you can even skip the pole. Everything coming in a neat bag to keep things tidy. Definitely recommended!
Posted by Les Virgo VK5KLV on 21st Sep 2014
I finally made time to use my Band Hopper2 (40 & 20) last Wednesday when I travelled to Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park in the Southern Flinders Ranges (South Australia) The antenna was very easy to erect on my 7 m. squid pole & when checked with the analyser it had 1.05:1 SWR & impedance of 50 ohms @ 7.100.Similar readings on 20m also. I then proceed to have a good number of contacts with my FT817nd. A great day made better by a great antenna, well done Sotabeams.
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 !!!
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...
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.
WELL DONE SOTABEAMS Keith M1VHT
Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2013
it´s a well done dipol antenna. easy to transport, easy to built on the mast.
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