It was a nice break to get out to a summit and do a little radio. Since I did a video report of our activation I will talk a little about the LNR End Fed antenna.
Here is the video of the activation:
I had no intentions of buying the LNR Precision EF Trail Friendly antenna but after meeting the LNR Precision staff at Dayton and seeing the display antenna I decided to give it a whirl. I ordered it at the hamfest and it was on my doorstep shortly thereafter. Here is the writeup from the LNR web site:
I found the antenna to be everything they advertise it to be.
|Small and light weight (perfect)|
|Antenna wire reattached|
|Here you can see the wire and 40 meter coil deployed on a SOTA summit|
|The other end in an old snag with 15 feet of RG-174|
Easy to tune, light weight, no tuner required and easy to deploy..... almost perfect.
This antenna will be easy to modify for other bands such as 17 meters (maybe 15 meters) but I really need 30 meters. I think that a 30 meter stub after the 40 meter coil may work and I plan to experiment with that this summer.
The winding system is unique and I think ingenious. However, I have my own method of winding end feds and will probably remove the winder in favor of my hand winding method that I showed in my Aspen Ridge video on my youtube channel. (search for KA4JQZ then look for the Aspen Ridge video or look for my post on Aspen Ridge).
In order to remove the winder I will have to find another way to provide strain relief for the coil section but I have some ideas. I will post updates as I modify this antenna.
Overall I am very pleased with this antenna and impressed with the folks at LNR Precision.
I look forward to their re-release of the FX4 as I think they build a quality product.
Please feel free to ask any questions.