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Title: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: KQ6Q on December 31, 2013, 09:53:21 PM
Shopping with my XYL at Walmart, found a Golf Ball Retriever in the sporting goods section. aluminum, 5 sections, telescoped it's about 4 feet, extended it's 15 feet! Fits into a plastic screw anchor (purchased a while ago on spec) designed to let you plant a beach umbrella in the sand. Should be good for holding up the center of a lightweight dipole, or getting a lightweight VHF Groundplane up in the air for EmComm.


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: W1JKA on January 01, 2014, 04:05:49 AM
It will work fine as you propose, if using to hold up center of dipole you might want to play around with the feed line a bit if it drops down vertically against or close to the aluminum for possible minor inter action issues.Home Depot 21 ft. painter poles $30.00 and Cabella's 16 ft. collapsible Crappie poles $10.00 also work well for portable ops.


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: KQ6Q on January 01, 2014, 09:20:26 PM
I've looked at the painter poles, and there were fishing poles at Walmart where I got the Golf Ball retriever. the painter poles were much longer when telescoped - more awkward to carry and store.


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: W4KYR on January 02, 2014, 04:38:18 AM
I'll have to check this out. It says it is only $12.97. Thanks for the info

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Club-Champ-K40324/19487477


(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/04/01/69/40/0004016940324_500X500.jpg)


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: KC7GZC on January 02, 2014, 09:25:07 AM
 I made the golf ball retriever into the vertical portion of the antenna by making jumpers from one section to the next with plumbers tape and pipe clamps. I use split cheap speaker wire in four directions for a ground plane and an old christmas tree stand as a mount. The handle makes the golf ball retriever isolated from ground. I can lower it easily for use on the higher bands. I added 16 inches of small old TV antenna tubing on the top to match 20 meters wonderfully. I have worked many stations out as far as 5500 miles on it with 100 watts. Cheap but works well for me, and very portable.
Joe
KC7GZC   


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: K5LXP on January 03, 2014, 06:03:49 AM
What's the length of this pole when retracted?  How much does it weigh?

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Title: RE: Park Portable antenna pole
Post by: KC3L on January 05, 2014, 06:33:56 PM
4 feet retracted extended 15.

Lee kc3l