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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Portable (not mobile) | EH 20 Meter Backpacker Antenna Kit Help

Reviews Summary for EH 20 Meter Backpacker Antenna Kit
EH 20 Meter Backpacker Antenna Kit Reviews: 1 Average rating: 2.0/5 MSRP: $49.95
Description: The Backpacker was developed for those who want an exceptionally good 17 and 20-Meter antennas (more to come) (for use up to 100 Watts) for fixed, mobile, or portable. It just happens to be very small and the antenna of choice for those who enjoy backpacking and QRP, thus the name given to the antenna.
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KZ1X Rating: 2/5 May 25, 2004 15:09 Send this review to a friend
no better than a wire  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I spent the $$ to get one of these kits despite all the rumblings about breaking the laws of physics, being a hoax, etc.

The 1st one I got turned out to be defective, according to the mfr., and I returned the kit for replacement. Excellent customer service.

The 2nd one went together more smoothly. Same documentation (which isn't bad) and clever packaging. Maybe the assembly went so well because I had built the one earlier...

Anyway, it does show a good SWR on the 20 meter band, or at least most of it. So the Q is good, it's not a dummy load in any conventional sense. You can't check resonance with an SWR analyzer though (so says the factory, but without an explanation); you have to use the rig. And, a tuner is verboten, too, but it's also unneeded.

I did not witness any feedline radiation, and did not use the gimmicky tuning shield nor did I connect a ground. I wanted the unit to go portable with me as a true backpack antenna; throw a line up into a tree, hoist up the antenna, and get on the air.

Well, all except the last part happened. The antenna transports easily and can be put up quickly. It just doesn't radiate worth a hoot. I guess it's about what you'd expect from an antenna this small, for this band.

An end-fed sloper would work (and does work) much better, costs less, and is lighter. Sorry, Ted, but this EH Backpacker is really not worth the money.


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