Tactical Mini - Compact ultra-portable 6 m (19.6 ft) mast

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The 'Tactical Mini' Compact ultra-portable 6 metre telescopic mast

K8UA reviews the Tactical Mini

  • 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 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 (but is not recommended for the Band Hopper 4, which is best used with a longer pole due to its larger size). 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

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Detailed Specifications:

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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.

We have noticed that some masts in the most recent batch we have received from our manufacturer have a few small paintwork defects (scratches or marks). These should not affect the structural integrity of the mast, just the visual appearance.
Instruction leaflet

Spares Support:

The Tactical Mini is a premium product so naturally we provide spares support:


All dimensions approximate.


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  • 5
    Ultra portable 6m mast

    Posted by Éric Gosselin on 8th May 2019

    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.

  • 5

    Posted by Matthew Pullan on 13th Mar 2019

    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!

  • 5
    Excellent pole that fits in luggage!

    Posted by Dom Smith on 21st Feb 2019

    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.

  • 5
    Tactical Mini Mast 6m

    Posted by Saku Metsälä on 17th Feb 2019

    I have hade already DX Wire Mini Mast, Tactical 7000 and the newest one is Tactical mini. During last 5,5 years I have made about 300 SOTA and WWFF activations and I need to say the all of them have own place for activators. Earlier I used 10 meter masts, but during two last years I have used shorter, because you do not need more than four to six meter high mast for operating Europe and Northern America. 10 meter is approriate for 20m vertical antenna, for linked dipole and end-fed antenna work very well with shorthern mast. I can recomendate all of those three masts. And if you travel and are willing to operate, the Mini Mast is what best one, because you do not need big luggage, small one is enough. 73, 44 Saku OH2NOS

  • 5

    Posted by Mi0wwb on 6th Feb 2019

    Has not been used as yet, but I welcome the stronger construction. A small eye loop on the end of the pole would be useful.