Band Hopper 3 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!
15m, 17m, 20m - the High Hopper for the higher HF bands
20m, 40m, 60m - *NEW* the Midi Hopper, a great choice for the sunspot minimum
Power rating: 125 Watts
Weight: less than 500 g = 18 ounces (antenna+feeder+guying system+winders+pegs+bag)
Balun: Yes - current balun
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 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!
Not sure which Band Hopper to choose? Click here for some ideas.
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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What a brilliant bit of kit. It's very light and takes up little space in the bag and works wonderfully well. A couple of minutes to erect on G/CE-001, connected to my radio and I worked Switzerland, Germany (summit to summit) France, Netherlands, Belgium plus some English stations all in a twenty minute period. Just using 2.5 watts on an FT817ND. Excellent.
I ordered my SOTABEAMS Bandhopper 20/30/40 only a few days ago this November and testing it straight on the spot was a`must`for me despite of the winterly temperatures not really suitable for outdoor qrp activities. So I put it up on a 7 m pole right away in my backyard garden and connected it to my Mountain Topper 3 Bander. It`s easy to put it up. Just follow the instructions on SOTABEAMS youtube video! No tuner, no adjusting, best SWR 1:1.1/1.2 on 40 and 30 m Bands and I am sure it would have been the same good tuning on 20 m, but so long I did`t try. AMAZING!! The signals come in so strong and it´s true, I could almost work all of the stations, that I received. The Mountain Topper`s power is only abt. 3 Watts ( 7 x AA battery cells), but the Bandhopper seems to bring almost every mW over to the called station. No losses, full power, reports are barely under 559 from all Europe.
I am really looking forward to using the Bandhopper for outdoor activities next spring and summer. It really is a good antenna for qrp!
Recently bought the 20-30-40m version for SOTA activations and had a thourogh test in the backyard yesterday. I used a 10 m glass fibre telescopic mast as a central support and attached the centre Feeder of the antenna to the third segment from the top, as this doesn't bend the mast from the weight too much. Attachment was easily done by tying it to the mast with the supplied guy line. After putting up the mast (secured with three guy lines) I tied the antenna's ends to the supplied pegs, giving the antenna inverted V shape. I then measured VSWR with an Rig Expert AA54 on all three bands and found resonance to be spot on in the SSB segments. Well, working mainly CW, I then untied the knots at the and of the third (40m) segment. There was enough wire left to get resonance to 7.030 at VSWR 1.1. What more can you ask? The 30 and 20 m segments could also be adjusted as described by extending or shortening the segments with the croco clips; I think that is a very easy, quick and clever way to do this.
With all three Segments tuned to CW resonance I had a few test QSOs with my FT-857 @ 10 Watts and got good reports Mind you, since the test took place in a very noisy HF environment with noise levels at S9+ I could only work strong stations, but nevertheless I was given between 579 and 599 from Germany, Romania and Sweden. Finished, I acheived a new record for the fastest packing up: the supplied wire winders are another thoughtful and extremely helpful feature of this antenna. And by the way: my recent experience shows, that having guy lines in bright colours is another clever feature: I used black guy line so far, which tend to be overseen by hikers passing by resulting in a few utterances I did not understand in English and the re-erection of the mast after loads of apologies on my side, not to mention loss of time for QSOs. To sum up: I am very happy with this multiband antenna and it certainly will be my standard companion for the next SOTA activations!
73 de DF6XP/p !
Fast efficient shipping to U.S. Quality construction, very well thought out design. Tuning is spot on, no adjustments needed. I do not usually buy wire antennas, however this one is a good value for the money.
Another top quality product from Sotabeams UK and the customer service is just top quality . Looking forward to using the 20/17/15 High hopper soon :) Carl 2E0HPI 73
Hi i bought the summit on the air SOTABEAMS HIGH HOPPER 15mtr-17mtr-20mtr ANTENNA about 2yrs ago for my field work my working conditions are a YAESU FT-817ND SOTABEAMS HIGH HOPPER 15mtr-17-mtr-20mtr ANTENNA SOTA BEAMS 7mtr POLE YUASA 12-12 12V,12.Ah BATTERY Now the bit every body wonts to no how good are the summit on the air antennas from my experience absolutely fantastic I have worked the USA CANADA SAUDI ARABIA on 5 wats RUSSIA most of EUROPE on 2.5 and 5 wats GREECE 2.5 and 5 wats TURKEY 5 wats now the summary SOTABEAMS ANTENNAS are great value for money for qrp amateur radio operator working in the field in any condition including your own back garden buy one you won't be disappointed with the results now the final Richard your antennas are very portable durable receive exceptionally well and a must buy for any amateur and I have just bought the SB BAND HOPPER II 20mtr-40mtr ANTENNA amateur radio is truly a world community M6BKV 73s
I just ordered the 3 band Hopper 20-30-40 linked dipole. I was nervous as the whole antenna weighs like 1 pound including coax! I am impressed with the quality and super quick service and very reasonable price. I bought this to use for National Parks on the Air event. Tonight i connected to my home station using a Spiderbeam 12 meter extension pole/mast at about 25 ft. The 20 meter band is almost out at this time but I worked 6D0F in Mexico first call ssb and then soon after Lu1ZI South Shetlands on second call. So far very pleased. I also plan to activate some SOTAs later this year.
Although new to ham radio I've had several years as a RN Radio Operator, I've never had much to do with aerials, so it was with some trepidation I strung the aerial from one corner of our house across the garden and fixed the other end to my workshop. Although it wasn't more than 16ft at one end and 12ft at the other and extremely close to building, Using my 5 watt YouKits HB1B, I've had no trouble getting plenty of CW QSOs across europe (22 countries so far) including Italian & Romanian QRP ops.
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 !