Band Hopper III Multiband Portable HF Dipole Antenna System
***IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are using a Band Hopper with our 10m Compact Travel Mast, attach the antenna with a cable tie to the top of section 11 (counted from the bottom). This is about 20ft up and is the perfect height for the antenna centre. Any higher and the antenna may not work properly and your Compact Travel Mast could be damaged.***
"The perfect match for your LNR MTR Mountain Topper"
At a glance
20m, 30m, 40m - the most popular portable bands! (covers 15 m using 40 m settings and ATU)
Weight: less than 500 g = 18 ounces (antenna+feeder+guying system+winders+pegs+bag)
Balun: Yes - current balun
Power: 125 Watts
ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio - pretuned.
SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes
Length: About 28 metres end to end (both versions)
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 high performance current balun
- 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 set of instructions
- A nylon carry bag with peg pocket
- Our famous back-up for any questions that you have.
Band Hoppers work out of the packet - no messing, just fun!
Not sure which Band Hopper to choose? Click here for some ideas.
Instructions are available HERE!
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.
All Band Hopper antennas are supplied with a balun. This is a high performance ferrite-core balun; not just a few turns of co-axial cable! It's a real plus for using your antenna on;
- datamodes; or for
- power levels of 100 Watts (especially on SSB).
The Band Hopper III is a truly amazing package for a bargain price.
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Working as expected, many DX contacts from Reunion Island as FR/F4HPX in June 2018 - but 20-17-15m would be more useful here.
Exceeded all expectations! I used a similar item at a Special Event Station recently loaned by Mike M0LOB and it really worked a treat. I decided to treat myself to one purely on the basis of my experiences at the SES - it was easy to deploy, setup and take down! We made numerous contacts around the world using it - so I know they work! If I have one slight grumble its for the cost I would like a printed copy of the instructions rather than having to hunt them down on the internet - which sometimes isn't that practical esp when you're sat on the middle of Dartmoor like I was ........
At a time when many products fail to deliver on what they promise or live up to their claims, the BH III antenna exceeded my expectations in all categories. It is cleverly and elegantly designed. It is well built. And most importantly it is highly effective as a resonant 20/30/40m antenna. Add in its portability and ease of setup and tear down and you have a real winner. You can tell than this product was designed and built by Hams for Hams. Well done SOTAbeams!
If your looking for a simple to use and setup multi band dipole, then look no further! Resonance is spot on as advertised. I use a battery operated Yaesu FT 857D for portable work without a tuner, no VSWR on all bands.
This is a lightweight 3 band (40, 30 & 20) antenna capable of handling up to 125 watts. Perfect for my FT857. I use it as an inverted V configuration at 20ft and it works great.
73 de Geoff vk3sq
This triband linked dipole is prefect for any type portable operation! I would recommend it for anyone to use. Light weight, small, self contained bag what else could you need? It heard well and I've gotten great signal reports! Great SWR across the bands!
I've tried a few different antenna's for my /P wwff activations and SB link dipoles really do take some beating. Of course they are a resonant antenna but it's the lightweight and rugged construction that makes them a winner, used with the SB Travel Pole in my opinion they really are the best . Thanks Richard and the SB team.
I've juste use for the first time my 3 bands dipole with my ft817nd
with a pole of 7 meters.
work very fine without swr (i've only check 14 and 7 mhz),
good quality product and easy to use.
Thank you Richard and 73 from France
I live in an HOA restricted community and have struggled finding a good antenna solution. Besides being “stealthy” I needed an antenna that was easy to set up & pack up on a daily basis. I tried two other antennas in the past but the need for quick deployment & takedown made them less than ideal. The antennas worked well and in a different situation I would still be using them.
I finally “discovered” the SOTABEAMS linked 20-30-40 dipole and it is great. I have it set up as an inverted V using a 20ft telescoping mast. The mast is secured at the base using a heavy outdoor umbrella stand. Many homeowners in my area have outdoor umbrellas so this stand/mast does not look out of place except being 20 feet tall… :-). I just lower the mast to a reasonable height and it looks fine. I keep the antenna ends supported at about 3 feet and with the mast lowered, the wires just droop down a lot.
My SWR on 20 and 30 is low… usually about 1.3 - 1.5. I run an Elecraft KX3 with the internal tuner & tweaking the SWR takes only a second. SWR on 40 is not that great but it’s the fault of my backyard patio dimensions not the antenna. My “yard” is only 40 feet wide. I have to let the wire droop over the ends of my fence which is not an ideal situation; but the KX3 gets it tuned up pretty well.
I really like the antenna and have had good success even running 5 watts CW with the current band conditions.
My only complaint is with the US Postal Service. I paid extra for tracking & never once did I get an accurate up to date tracking schedule. In fact USPS never acknowledged receiving the package from the overseas shipping company and the only notification I got was the day it was delivered. For Stateside customers, don’t pay extra for the tracking.
Good job SOTABEAMS! de Scott KI7AA