Walking Pole Guying Kit
Walking poles are too short to be a suitable support for most HF aerials, but they are just the right height to hold the ends of wire antennas off the ground. When operating on 160/80/60m the sag in the antenna can mean that the ends are very close to the ground. This can detune the antenna and also increases losses.
The Walking Pole Guying kit consists of two laser cut insulators designed to slip over the tip of a walking pole and four guylines (two per insulator). Just attach the end of your antenna to the other hole in the insulator and guying the pole will hold the antenna in place.
The Walking pole Guying Kit is fully assembled with 3m guys and is available at an attractive low price. Four of our sturdy alloy pegs are available as an optional extra.
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At Richard's recommendation, I purchased a couple of cheap walking poles from eBay @$10 each.
The poles are extendable to about 1.3m, which make for a nice height to raise the ends of my portable OCF dipole.
These guys make the dipole ends into a kind of tripod (including the end of the dipole as the third leg) and stability of the antenna is greatly improved.
It is still no replacement for three or four guys at the middle of the telescopic pole holding the centre up, but it makes the ends one heck of a lot more stable and unlikely to sway round in the breeze. In conjunction with pole guys, your portable dipole will be a rock-solid performer in all kinds of weather with this light-weight addition to your SOTA pack!