HF Antenna Traps V3.0 (sold in packs of two)
Make your single-band antenna into a multibander with our lightweight antenna traps
We like to think that our new HF trap kits are a rather clever design. Their flexible mounting arrangement makes using them so easy!
SOTABEAM traps come in two power levels, 20 Watts and 100 Watts (see our tiny PICO TRAPS for 10 Watts). Each kit includes two (2) traps.
You decide on the frequency when you build them; recommended range 7 - 25 MHz. Alignment can easily be done using an antenna analyser if you don't have access to other test equipment.
Traps can be used in two ways:
1) By using a trap resonant on the higher frequency that you want your antenna to work on, traps work as an effective isolator. In this application, the trap needs to be resonated in the band. This configuration makes the antenna easy to adjust as the sections do not interact much. In this configuration, our traps show a loss of typically < 0.7 dB.
2) By using a trap resonant between the two bands that you want to use (typically 1 to 2 % percent below the band edge of the higher band), losses are reduced but adjusting the antenna is much more difficult as the two sections interact. In this configuration our traps show a loss of typically < 0.3dB.
We recommend that you resonate your traps at the lowest edge of the band that the trap is to work at. So for a 20m-40m dipole, resonant your trap at 14.0 MHz. This tends to be a resonable compromise between trap loss and ease of antenna adjustment.
Our traps can be used either way, it's your choice.
What's included in a SOTABEAMS Trap kit?
2 x high quality trap PCBs with plated through holes
4 x 100pF 1kv capacitors (used in series or parallel to give 50pF, 100pF and 200pF options)
2 x mounting hardware for toroids
2 x toroids (T94-6 for 100W and a lighter T68-6 toroid for 20W)
Enamelled copper wire to suit the power level
We recommend our Liquid Electrical Tape for final waterproofing of your traps.
PCB Length 66mm Width 30 mm
Loss < 0.3 dB
Impedance ar resonance typically 20,000 Ohms
Weights: 20 W traps 10.6g (0.4 oz.), 100 W traps 16g (0.6 oz.)
For even smaller traps see our NEW PICO TRAPS
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Smart design, lightweight, easy to make trap dipole.
Easy to assemble, but had to take off a turn on the
toroid from the suggested in instructions. Used an antenna analyser AA-54 to tune the traps, this worked well.
I purchased the 100 watt version traps to build a 40/20/17m vertical antenna. Easy to construct with good quality parts. Getting the . correct trap frequency for 20m and 17m was a bit tricky - otherwise I would give it a 5*. Was a few 100 kHz lower than 14.0 and 18.0 MHz causing some interaction on the antenna. But it all worked out OK with a successfully built antenna. I would happily buy these kits again and recommend them. For the size, weight and overall quality, it would be hard to beat.
In my 50 years as a ham i never did anything with trap antennas so thought these trap kits might be fun to try. They are easy to build and tune using an mfj 259.
The small circuit board is top quality with plated thru holes, easy to work with and solder. The components are similarly top grade.
Easy to built (very good instructions on website) and easy to tune with a FG-01 Youkits analyser.
I have bought several of these kits.
I had some problems with the capacitors, but customer support found out and everything works great now.
For 14MHz I had to remove one of the turns(100W) to resonate with the Silver Mica capacitors. No worries, but a antenna analyzer is needed to make your traps the way you need. Great quality of the PCB. It will last for long!
I bought these traps to try out a W3DZZ antenna, as I like the frugality of it and this equates to lightness in the backpack! The instructions for W3DZZ traps include a lot more turns than for their intended use and I wondered if the winding wire was long enough. I should not have worried! A lot of thought has gone into these traps, and the result is to my mind a quality product. Only two issues; the enamelled wire needs a lot of heat to melt the insulation - I still use lead solder - and the availability of these kits is making me lazy! Looking forward to testing them.
Build the traps are so simple!
You did again good job !
I built the traps per the instructions and had no problem tuning them to the frequency I wanted using a MFJ 259B analyzer. I never was successful in getting a multi band dipole to work with them. The PCB that the traps are built on are very rugged to withstand my many attempts with soldering and unsoldering the series to parallel trap jumper and adding and removing turns on the coil to change frequencies. I finally gave up but will return at a later date to try and make it work.