Linked Dipole Portable HF Antenna Kit
By popular demand I have designed a linked dipole hardware kit so that you can make your own two or three band linked dipole. We put all those hard-to-find parts together in one convenient package. Not sure what a linked dipole is? Click here.
What do you get?
- One dipole centre piece - designed for RG-58 cable (RG-174 may also be used) with holes for wires and guys
- Four laser-cut link-insulators
- Eight crocodile clips - for the links
- Two end-insulators
- Four cable ties for attaching the feeder
- Two Wire Winders for tangle-free deployment
- Ten metres of Hi-Viz Cord for the ends of the antenna
- Two high quality aluminium alloy pegs for the ends of the antenna
- One ferrite ring to make an effective light-weight current balun
- Detailed instructions.
What will you need?
You will also need the following items, which are not included in this kit since there are a number of different types that could be used. The best type to use will depend on your application.
- Antenna wire
- Co-axial cable (RG58, RG174 or similar)
To build the antenna, you will need basic tools and of course plenty of time. We would estimate it will take about 3 to 4 hours to make up and adjust a three-band linked dipole.
Design your linked dipole online here: http://www.sotamaps.org/extras
If you are supporting your linked dipole using a telescopic pole, then you will also need some way of attaching the antenna to the pole and of keeping the pole upright. This kit does not include components for that, as the best way to do so will vary based on your antenna dimensions and pole.
Please note that the antenna centre included in this kit is not identical to the centre used in our Bandhopper antennas. The Bandhopper centre is designed for use with RG174 and our lightweight antenna wire only, the centre in this kit has larger holes and so is compatible with thicker types of coaxial cable and wire.
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This dipole centre is a great replacement for the one I previously ran over in my car, Hi. Well made and professionally etched material.
Very good product and buy. I wish it had an easy way to add a female BNC connector to make it possible to use a piece of coax with BNC connectors. It expects that you will solder a length of feedline to it permanently. That's not a deal breaker. I like it very much and found my own solution.
Fine and from quality materials constructed kit. Support by the manuals. Looking forward to using it as soon as possible.
Well constructed kit, everything works perfectly. For my point of view, you should offer 50m of the yellow wire and perhaps some koax cable together with the kit.
I bought 3 of these kits together with the lightweight wire and 7m Sotapoles for use on our annual IOTA trip. 3 sets of Dipoles made up and tuned prior to departure. Team was impressed with the quality of the components and how quickly the antenna system could be deployed. In excess of 5000 qso's on these antennas in 4 days of IOTA operation proved their worth. Looking forward to using them again on the next trip. Declan EI6FR/EJ7NET
I bought this kit after borrowing a friend's 20-30-40 linked sotabeams dipole and liked it so much, decided to build my own for 10-15-40m (As I can only use those bands as an F-Call in Australia). Simple to use and setup, after initial tuning, didn't even need an ATU. Can even leave it on 40m and let the ATU tune to 10 and 15m :)
While testing my newly made dipole, my antenna support crashed on my sidewalk causing the toroid to shatter. I contacted Richard so that I could source a replacement here in the U.S , but he shipped a replacement to me instead. Thanks for the excellent customer support.
Just add wire!
Very helpful in constructing antenna.
I have bought several sets and built linked dipoles for portable use, and these worked perfectly.