The Band Hopper 2, two-band portable dipole antenna system
At a glance
Bands 20 m, 40 m
Power rating 125 Watts
Balun included Yes
ATU needed? No. Connects direct to your radio
SSB, CW, data? Yes. Fine for all modes
How long is this antenna? About 28 metres end to end (20-40 version).
***IMPORTANT NOTE: if you are using a Band Hopper with our 10m Compact Travel Mast, attach the antenna with a cable tie to the top of section 11 (counted from the bottom). This is about 20ft up and is the perfect height for the antenna centre. Any higher and the antenna may not work properly and your Compact Travel Mast could be damaged.***
What do you get?
Band Hoppers are a complete system including:
- A resonant multi-band dipole antenna with Perspex link hardware
- A 10m feeder - high quality RG174 terminated in a BNC plug
- High performance balun
- A guying system for a lightweight telescopic pole (6 - 8 metres length recommended)
- Three Wire Winders to ensure tangle-free operating
- Three lightweight aluminium alloy pegs
- A detailed set of instructions
- A nylon carry bag with attachment clip
- Our famous back-up for any questions that you have.
Band Hoppers work out of the packet - no messing, just fun!
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The secret of most successful HF portable operators is not hard to find: it's an efficient antenna! No wonder that the linked dipole is the most popular portable HF antenna type used in Europe. The Band Hopper II is designed for the lightweight portable specialist. Not sure what a linked dipole is? Click here.
The Band Hopper II covers two HF bands with a high efficiency full-size halfwave dipole on each band. It's not a compromise loaded antenna. It's also designed to allow you to get the feedpoint high - that's important for good performance. Band selection is by easy-to-use jumpers; quick to change.
We include a high performance balun to reduce unwanted feeder coupling - reduces potential interference problems.
Using the Band Hopper II could not be easier. The custom designed centrepiece fits on an tapered pole (such as our famous SOTA pole). It slides down to the optimum height (usually the junction between the top and second sections of the mast).If you don't have a tapering mast dont worry, the centrepiece has slots for cable ties too so you can attach it to most anything. Don't like masts? The centrepiece has an attachment point for a throwing line to use in the forest.
Unrolling the dipole elements is a breeze using the Wirewinders supplied. When you unroll the elements you will notice that the Wirewinders are attached to 4m (13ft) nylon braided extension cords. This not only means that you cannot lose them but also that in rocky areas you can guy your pole by putting the Wirewinder in a crack in the rocks or just by putting it under a rock. The Wirewinders also make great snow anchors too so guying your pole in the snow has never been easier! We also provide pegging loops for use with our high quality pegs (included).
The feeder is a 10m length of RG174 preterminated in a BNC plug. This is wound on a third Wirewinder. Also on the third Winder is a 10m back guy for your mast. No need for any additional guys and the two dipole elements plus the back guy are all you need for a stable and robust system. The back guy is attached to the Wirewinder to give you the flexible guying options above. Just a mast or use a tree and you're good to go!
This antenna is super light too! The whole package consisting of the antenna, the Wirewinders and the back guy weighs in at less than 450g (20m/40m version); that's under a pound!
No need to adjust the Band Hopper II, it is supplied pre-tuned. We do the tricky stuff leaving you to have the fun. This is a fully assembled product that works out of the packet
The Band Hopper II is a truly amazing package for a bargain price.
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Matched with the 7m SOTAbeams pole, I went to the beach.
4w rig a bit of grey line and JT65.
I have done this many times with other antennas, I can hit the US and Canada with some regularity.
Using the linked dipole, I hit Brazil on both 20m and 40m, managed Guatemala too.
Buy the 7meter pole. Both together, well worth it.
I always make my own wire antennas for Mountain activities but reading the reviews of the linked dipole I bought one.
The antenna is Well made, lightweight components and think in the People Who rise antennas in sota.
The antenna has very good performance and swr 1:1 without tunner.
Since my last review on this antenna I have added an FT-817ND to my portable kit. I took it out and matched it up this weekend for a bit of QRP and I was really pleased. 5w output, up on a hill and confirmed a contact in Bulgaria as my furthest. I really cannot rate this antenna highly enough and although I still have not bought the tri bander, I would recommend this two band linked dipole to anyone. 5 stars without any hesitation.
Good SWR across 20 and 40 meters. The ATU in my KX2 brought SWR to 1.0-1 at the extreme ends of the bands but wasn't really necessary.
If you want to support the center with a "squid" pole, I do not recommend the 10M SOTA Pole. It is far too flexible. I believe the 7 M version of the SOTA Pole works best (Richard, step in here if you disagree)
I originally was setting myself up around a MFJ-1899T whip but in a CBD area this just resulted in QRM and grief. Not to mention counterpoise and tripod related weight.
Setting up the two bander on 40 meters using a 10M SOTA pole was a revelation! Suddenly was able to hear US and UK stations even with city level noise floor. Can't wait to get this thing into its natural habitat on a SOTA peak!
I received my SOTA Beams Two Bander a little before CHristams but wasn't able to test until New Years Day. I took the FT-817 out to the woods set it up just as in the video. Awesome antenna. It went up easy and performed just as you'd expect. Went up in a jiffy and took it down just as fast. I'm impressed! I had ordered the SpiderBeam 12m pole so I might have to upgrade to the 4 bander in the near future.
Thanks to Cliff N4CCB's video I found SOTA Beams.
I bought this for portable use with an FT 817 and have had it out three times.
It's lightweight and really easy to setup, no tangles and quick deployment using a sotabeams extendable mast.
Good signal reports coming in.
I was out today in a very strong wind and it was very stable.
Altogether I'm very pleased with the purchase.
This is "just" a traditional linked dipole. But it has an excellent feedpoint setup with a sealed balun, and plate to mount to center support. I had this up within about 5-10 minutes of opening it, using a 6m "fishing pole" as a center support. I had 3-4 contacts within 20 minutes 5w SSB. Good stuff! I was truly concerned it would be hard to set up and tear down, but both operations are quite easy -- about 5 minutes for each.
Easy to erect and ideal for a field-day out.....we obtained 5/9 + from the far Scotland and Northern Ireland being situated at the Eastbourne Miniature Steam railway on the South Coast....The SWR was very low and does everything that could want.......well done SB.