The NEW 'Tactical Mini' Compact ultra-portable 6 metre telescopic mast
- Small enough to fit in a rucksack
- Tall enough to support your antenna
- Light enough to hike up a mountain
- Strong enough to withstand nature's worst
Lightweight portable operators need something special to support their antennas. The new Tactical Mini has been designed for exactly this role. In the most demanding conditions, the Tactical Mini will not let you down. The Tactical Mini is a great support for our popular Band Hopper 2 and Band Hopper 3 antennas (not recommended for Band Hopper 4). The Tactical Mini is perfect to support a ground-plane antenna for 20m, dipoles and end-fed halfwave antennas.
***SHIPPING***: Due to the size of this item, your order may be sent in separate shipments. Please contact us if you'd prefer your order to be shipped as one.
- Heavy gauge pole sections—the perfect balance of strength, stiffness and weight for more demanding applications
- Super short packed length for easy transport in a rucksack
- Fits in aircraft carry-on baggage (always check before flying!)
- The very best extended length for tactical use in extreme conditions
- Telescopic - perfect for rapid deployment
- Military colours for low visual signature
- Camouflage carry bag with draw string
- Built-in base shock absorber
- Non-conducting low-loss fibreglass construction
- Hollow top-section allows wires to be fed through
- Screw-cap base allows field repairs and section swap-outs
- Perfect for use with our Band Hopper antenna range
"Every lightweight portable specialist needs a Tactical Mini in their armoury"
The Tactical Mini is our most compact premium mast
Not sure which mast to choose? Click here for our handy comparison chart.
Extended length: 6 metres (19.6 ft). Lengths approximate - click here to find out more.
Packed length: 56 cm (22.1 inches)
Number of sections: 13
Wall thickness: 1 mm (0.04 inches) bottom, 1 mm (0.04 inches) top
Weight: 0.7 kg (1.5 lbs)
Mast Material: heavy-duty glass-fiber composite (non-conducting for best RF performance)
Tube diameter: top 4 mm (0.16 inches) base 39 mm (1.53 inches)
Base cap diameter: 47 mm (1.85 inches)
Tube colour: Pantone 19-0622 TPX Military Olive
Mast sections hollow to the top
Supplied with camouflage carry bag with drawstring
High impact foam shock absorber built into base.
The mast is made of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) = Fiberglass. This is an insulator with excellent RF properties (very low loss).
The packed length can be reduced to 54.2 cm by removing the top and bottom caps - useful in some airline carry-on bags. The maximum dimension for an airline carry-on bag is typically 56 x 35 x 22 cm.
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.
Mast sections may be removed by unscrewing the endcap at the bottom of the mast, pulling out the shock absorber and removing unwanted sections. Always replace the shock absorber before use.
The Tactical Mini is a premium product so naturally we provide spares support:
- Replacement mast sections
- Spare screw-on base caps
- Spare top caps
- Spare shock absorbers
- Spare camouflage bags
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Requires good care when extending and stowing. You need to think ahead before attaching the load, because there's no hook, eye or anything on the end of the last section. Once you're through this preps, it's a great field tool.
Really great for portable or home antenna setup. Really easy to put it up and down. Strong enough and light enough.
I like this mast for its superb quality. It is very rigid and it allows to use its full 6m length to support a light dipole even on the very top segment. I tried it out with my portable 2X13m doublet. The mast does not bend under the weight of the antenna. I also tried it out with the W3EDP shortened 80-10m antenna with part of it going up the mast and the rest 7m sloping down to the other support. I like the mast being very stable with no tendency to self-collapse. The only drawback I can name is a bottom cap which makes the diameter of the mast bigger at that place and it makes problematic to fit the mast for mounting inside some other tube. But this is a minor problem since there are numbers of other ways to mount the Mini up.
I've just recently purchased the Tactical Mini, thus only tested it several times. It's a very compact and lightweight mast that fits my carry-on bag, although very stable and sturdy in 30+ mph wind gusts. Very well made, and the communication with SOTABEAMS exceeded all my expectations! Here's more about my first impressions: http://k8ua.com/2019/09/travel-friendly-mast-to-support-a-wire-antenna/. Looking forward to deploy it in the field on a couple planned trips soon!
Having a lot of trees in my part of the world, I've never acquired one of these poles, previously. But wanting to operate in some locations where lines are not permitted in the trees, I decided to get this 6m pole, as it was just about right for using with my Bandhopper antenna, or a number of other portable antennas, such as a 17' vertical, or an EFHW, configured as an inverted L.
This pole is pretty light, sturdy and stiff, able to hold up the Bandhopper and its feedline, without much of a bend.
The Bandhopper and this pole set up in minutes, so you can operate from practically anywhere. I've constructed a 2' long 2" PVC pipe with a 10" spike at the bottom, to allow this pole to be deployed with other antennas, with no additional guying needed. The entire pole, in its carrying bag, fits within this tube for transport, with space to spare.
Excellent, de bonne qualité, facile d'emploi et peu encombrant.
L'envoi est rapide et bien emballé.
Je recommande vivement ce mât.
Very well designed mast, perfect match with my 2 bands sotabeam dipole.
I had a little problem with the post service ,I tought my parcel was lost because of anomaly long delivery and didn't pay for the tracking ( that I will take the next time)but with the excellent easy communication with sotabeam we find a solution.
I really like this mast: its stiffness means very little flex under the weight of the antenna and very little flex in strong winds. I used to use the 10m mini travel mast, but now I use this mast all the time. I have not noticed any drop in DX contacts. Highly recommend!
A few days after ordering the pole, I went to CT3 for a SOTA trip. The timing of this new product was perfect. Although I love the Compact Lightweight 10m mast I previously brought from SOTABeams, it's just a few cm larger than my suitcase. This ultra portable mast fits perfectly, was robust enough to withstand some reasonable gusts and held my linked dipole really well. I just needed to switch to a slightly smaller diameter ring on the guying kit from the one I previously used.