QRPGuys Portable 80/60m Vertical Antenna – $20
Expanding on our experience of using the readily available $10 eBay telescoping 17′ fiberglass fishing poles for a vertical support in the Tri-band Vertical Antenna, we are offering a portable 80/60m, center loaded, 15′ long vertical antenna. It has an easy changeable coil clip that allows for selecting a 40-50KHz portion of the upper and lower part of the 80m band or all of the 60m band. The loading coil fits over the fiberglass pole and is suspended in the middle of the 15′ radiating element. There is a base pcb that attaches to the bottom of the fiberglass pole that allows connection via female BNC to your transceiver and four 10′ radials. The base pcb has a cutout for easy storage of the loading coil in the base without removing the element wires. As with our other wire antennas, the user supplies the 15′ of 20-22awg wire for the driven element and four 10′ radial wires. The device is rated for 20W, has all stainless steel hardware for the antenna, loading coil, and radial connections. You can use the same fiberglass pole arrangement you have for the Tri-band Vertical. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the most difficult, this is rated at 2-3 depending on your experience.