The Travel Mast: a compact lightweight telescopic mast
***IMPORTANT NOTE: IF USING THIS MAST WITH A BAND HOPPER ANTENNA WE RECOMMEND ATTACHING THE ANTENNA NO HIGHER THAN 6 METRES (20FT) UP THE MAST (top of section 11 - counted from base/outer section)***
This is our 10m (33ft) Travel Mast. With a transport-length of only 67cm ( 26.5 inches ) it fits in a suitcase making it perfect for vacation DXing.
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Extended length: 10 metres (32 ft). Lengths approximate - click here to find out more.
Packed length: 67 cm (26.4 inches)
Number of sections: 17
Wall thickness: 1.5 mm (0.06 inches) bottom, 0.67 mm (0.03 inches) top
Weight: 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
Mast Material: glass-fiber composite (non-conducting)
Tube diameter: top 3.9mm (0.15 inches) base 49 mm (1.9 inches)
Base cap diameter: 55 mm (2.2 inches)
Tube colour: Light grey
Mast sections hollow to the top
Supplied with black carry bag with tie
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.
A benefit of this premium product is our spares support.
The following spares are available for the 10m Compact Travel Mast:
- Replacement mast sections
- Spare cloth bags
- Push on top cap
- Screw on base assembly
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I purchased this mast due to it's short packed length and it's relative light weight. I hope to make a lot of SOTA contacts using this mast to raise my antenna.
I will pass on a tip I read somewhere, cut up an old mousepad and put a piece under the mast sections on the bottom so if it falls the blow is softened. It helped me out one time when I apparently didn't lock the sections solidly, once the first section fell, the remaining sections collapsed in sequence and I had no damage due to the mousepad.
I use this mast with the Sotabeam 4-band. I had never used a mast of this sort before and after several failed attempts to keep the smaller ends from falling out (I opened the wrong end) it deploys quite easily. A small twist for each section keeps the section in place. I have used twice thus far and it has withstood the winds of a large thunderstorm. Fairly light weight and easy to carry, but slightly too long for backpacking unless attached to the bottom of the pack. I will use as an emergency mast when on the road traveling in the United States for my work.
This mast is a great piece of kit for portable operations. I have a heavier mast for my car trips but this mast works great for backpack or suitcase trips. Highly recommended!
Very good mast
I was pleasantly surprised when unpacked the parcell by really compact size of this 10m mast with only 68cm collapsed. I thought it might be a bit too much like a flimsy "fishing device" but it was not! I found it thick enough at the 8m level in order to support my lightweight doublet ( 30m long with 10m home made open air feeder). Erection is easy, the mast stood for couple of hours self supporting with no need of counterropes nor tape-reinforcement of the section joints. Taking down is equally quick and easy. Besides using this pole for my doublet support I also use it as a 10m vertical in variuos configurations for the qrp field work. Being such a short collapsed and lightweight it is my Nr1 choise for the short bycicle-portable trips to activate Hillfort and Flora-Fauna sites of local award programmes. The only minor remark - the bottom cap of the pole makes the bottom end 1cm thicker than the first bottom segment which is 5cm. This makes a bit of inconvienience when binding the pole to the support structures or inserting it into the supporting tube of the mast holder. But on the other hand thicker bottom makes it more solid to stand on and protects the other sections from damage in the event of uncontrolled collapse. In this context it is a good advise to put some packing fome taken from the packing of the parcell into the space under the bottom cap.
Top sections above 7m easily removed as Richard suggests if not required for bandhopper. Taken abroad in hand luggage through airport security with no problems. Does require a little packing inside the base to cushion the poles when folding down and stop them rattling around- a handful of bubble wrap does the trick.
Easy to use, good quality material.
After comparing many options for similar masts this one had the optimal tradeoffs of price and quality, with an added bonus of support from SOTABEAMS as they offer individual replacement elements if (when) needed for broken sections. Where else can you find that level of customer support?
I bought one of these lightweight 10M masts to take over from the cheap fishing rod mast that I had been using for my mini caribbean DXpeditions that I go on every year.
The mast is certainly compact and fit well into my suitcase and on its first use worked extremely well running wire up the outside matching it to my FT-991A using a UnUn and radials.
On its second outing the bottom section cracked and on inspection seemed to be very thinly moulded compared with the fishing rod equivalent.
With another DXpedition planned for April I am now having to buy another!!
Great idea but not sure the quality it quite there.