Two-band portable dipole antenna system

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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!

Not sure which Band Hopper to choose? Click here for some ideas.


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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.

Each Band Hopper II includes an antenna bag and three pegs making it a complete system.

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  • 5
    Two-band portable dipole

    Posted by Al Manchester on 13th Dec 2018

    I cannot praise this antenna enough.
    Right out of the package,plug and play,perfect SWR.
    I purchased a second just to have an extra,two is one,one is none.
    The customer service of Sotabeam is perfect, I cannot thank the staff enough.
    This is the perfect company.
    Thank you very much
    Al Manchester KC1FOZ

  • 5
    Two band dipole

    Posted by William Sefton on 2nd Sep 2018

    Well thought out and made product. Easily erected and it works!!!. Used in the SSB field day contest, heard and worked a couple of JA's (doing the all asia contest). Granted I was in an QRM quiet location using an FT817.
    Put it up, plug it in and off you go. No need for a tuner, have used it with an ;817, IC703 and a QRP Labs QCX kit.

    Highly recommended, get one, you'll not regret it.....

  • 5
    Two-band portable dipole antenna system

    Posted by Dom on 14th Aug 2018

    Combined with the 7M SOTA Pole I took this dipole on Holiday to the Lake District, only manged to use it once, but I found it easy to set up and use and light-weight. Perfect for portable work when you are Activating a HEMA or a SOTA summit!

  • 5
    Better than expected

    Posted by Saku OH1SA on 9th Aug 2018

    Nice build quality. Very good overal setup with baluns, cable, bag and all needed accessories. User only need pole. I use 8m finhing rod (1m when collapsed) and with that dipole is about 7.5m high. SWR metered with AA-200 and is both bands (7MHz and 14MHz) very low (see graphs on my IG account user: oh1sa. Also nice mechanical design, not build to last, but build to low wheigt and easy fix if needed. I will recommended this, at least for backup for emergency use. Thank you.

  • 4
    SOTABEAMs 2-band dipole

    Posted by Allan Taylor on 10th May 2018

    This field antenna is very thoughtfully designed and goes up and down easily, just like in the video. As I put it up the first time, there was always a feature right there to assist in the next step. I mounted it on a 31' pole (rather than 20') and needed to clip in copper scraps to get resonance. It was easily done. I found a 12" jumper worked on 40, a 7" tail on 20. The feedpoint plastic block snapped on one side when the pole got away from me and slapped it to the ground. It was easily glued and SOTABEAMs immediately air mailed a replacement feedpoint block with hardware.

  • 5
    Band Hopper 2

    Posted by James on 7th Feb 2018

    Love this, easy to setup and use. Packs away really easily. Cannot fault it.

    Worked equally well with a clansman and ft-817.

  • 5
    The most important part of the SOTA station

    Posted by Pál Pelle on 18th Jan 2018

    Very good, very light, very easy to handle.

    I use it with a 10 m SB travelmast, cable-tied it on 6 m height, as advised by Richard.
    I've disconnected the yellow rope from it, as i want to decrease the force on the top of the mast, and i use a GK10 guying kit to hold the mast. In this case it's easier to catch the links on the antenna, in my opinion.
    And i wind the coaxial cable on the winder reverse as the way it has arrived to the winder, it's a bit less tricky to erect the whole thing. again, for me .

    All the parts are superlight, yet strong enough !
    The lenght of the coaxial cable is just perfect too !

  • 5
    First contact in years

    Posted by Michael d Worrell on 15th Nov 2017

    Used my sotabeams 20/40 linked dipole tor the first time today. My first contact was a ve7 from my home qth using an icom 703 running 10 watts. The antenna was on a 6 meter fiberglass mast and the band was not in the best of shape. Distance was 3548 kms, not bad for an old radio and my first contact in years.

  • 5
    Testing 20m Deployment in Loft

    Posted by Andrew, G8UBP on 20th Sep 2017

    Temporarily setup in the loft until I replace with a fan dipole.

    Set up for 20m in an inverted V configuration with sloping legs favoring east direction.

    Using a SDR Play RSP1 have received JT65 & FT8 from 94 countries in a few days.

    Once the loft antenna is sorted it will be redeployed for QRP portable
    where I have no doubt it will work great.