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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Portable (not mobile) | TransWorld Antennas TW2010L Backpacker Portable HF Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for TransWorld Antennas TW2010L Backpacker Portable HF Antenna
TransWorld Antennas TW2010L Backpacker Portable HF Antenna Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $399.95
Description: The TransWorld TW2010L Backpacker 5 band antenna is the little brother of the famous Transworld TW2010 Adventurer. It is especially suited for the amateur operator who loves backpacking, cycling, camping, or otherwise being on the go with his station.

The Backpacker features manual switching for 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters directly on the switching array box without the need for a controller or power source. Bands are changed by moving two banana style plugs into pre-set holes that activate the the appropriate band / frequency.

The sturdy, lightweight quadra-stand provides quick and easy mounting place for the Backpacker. It comes with its own heavily padded carrying bag designed especially for TransWorld antennas.

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5B4AJG Rating: 5/5 Jan 18, 2017 11:47 Send this review to a friend
Follow up from April 2014  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well it's been well over two years since my initial disappointment. This updated review is to confirm that the TW2010L is brilliant and the regular use has confirmed it's the portable antenna of choice. I admit I was very angry at the way it was shipped out to me BUT that is in the past and this is now......I now own two, yep, I managed to blag one from a friend and very glad I did as it's a older version and has the remote band change option for Yaesu & Icom, yippee.....
KJ6VTP Rating: 4/5 Jun 11, 2015 16:33 Send this review to a friend
Checked all the boxes on my list...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I had been looking for a portable HF solution for quite some time. As a regular camper, I was specifically looking for an antenna where I did not need to shoot things into trees, assemble awkward guying systems, or lay down radial fields.

Being in a shared campsite makes it hard to work with radials or deal with guy wires. Shooting things into trees is an option, but if there was an alternative, I wanted to go that route. Well, the alternative turned out to be the TW2010L. It is certainly more expensive than a G5RV or long wire propped up in a tree, but it met all my other criteria, can handle a lot of power, is really fast to set up or take down, and it is easy to change bands.

I am near the bay area in California. When I received the antenna, I set it up in the back yard, set the jumpers to 20 meters, tuned up my FT-450D, and almost immediately made a contact in New Zealand, and a couple evenings later made a contact in Lithuania. Clearly band conditions where pretty good, but performance was on par with my DX-CC Fan Dipole that was 30' in the air. I had both antennas on a switch so I could toggle between the 2. The background noise on the 2010L was quieter.

The previous owner had damaged one of the tripod leg mounts. I sent the company an email and they sent out a replacement leg part right away. The antenna, bag, and 75' of coax weighs about 18lbs. So this is not a backpacking antenna, but the ability to pull this out of the back of the truck and have it set up in minutes, and take up minimal space is really nice.

This antenna will be excellent for camping, field day, or setting up at a troop meeting to teach scouts radio merit badge, or any other event where I want to set up a station quickly without raising masts, or staking out guy wires or radials.
N0YXE Rating: 5/5 Dec 3, 2014 17:53 Send this review to a friend
MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF PL CONNECTORS   Time owned: more than 12 months
I always carry two TW antennas with me. The 2010 model is upstairs in the attic next to the 40' ALPHA DELTA dipole. It sits over on the kitchen side of the attic and performs very well. (See my review of it on the 2010 E-HAM REVIEW site) This unit is for changing things around a bit, (see QRZ: N0YXE) It is a perfect companion to my 36' end-fed wire on the roof in the front of the house and my new ICOM 7410 transceiver. I can run outside, change bands, and scan for any homeowner gestapo members that may be lingering around, trying to take pictures in order to inform on me. My original TRANSWORLD antenna farm is still being pictured in the "COMMENTS" section on the TRANSWORLD web site. This was before the fascists and the state of Kansas were ready for action. Remember, the tops of the antenna were two feet over the fence, and it VIOLATED the DEED COVENANTS, which trumps "reasonable accommodation" requests and the U. S. Constitution! You must be careful when you use these wonderful antennas, so trying different things would be helpful! I may be contacted either by e-mail or phone and I would be glad to share my opinions with you. I hope you have great fun with TW products. Terry, N0YXE,
VR2YQK Rating: 5/5 Sep 24, 2013 21:37 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have the TW2010L primarily as my base antenna for more than two years now. It works great, very little noise comparing with other antennas I have, i.e. the BP. By changing the position of the two metal clamps at the black box, you can change bands in just a "click", simple and very easy. And, it is so easy to tune, in fact, you don't need to as it is factory fine tuned. It resonates and covers the entire band of all 5 bands as soon as you set it up (in less than 5 minutes) and you don't need an antenna analyzer.

Low take off angle easily gets you to contacts with HAMs all over the world.

I once took this antenna to near the top of the highest mountain in Hong Kong (957meters).

Once hooked up to my FT-857D, I was connected to the West Coast of USA, Australia, Japan and China on that same morning. Four different countries on different continents. It works really great.

It takes you less than 5 minutes to get it up or down, and you can take it on your SUV anywhere you go.

Definitely a "5".
NE2I Rating: 5/5 Nov 5, 2012 17:00 Send this review to a friend
Great portable antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Had a few months and so far so good.
good low angle of radiation and robustly built.
Just picked up the 40m add on coil and it works great also.
W6DAF Rating: 4/5 Nov 4, 2012 14:46 Send this review to a friend
Nice Portable  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I purchased the TW2010L antenna for portable use when in the RV and camping. For that purpose it's a nice antenna. I spent approx one week in the middle of the desert and in the end was fairly pleased with my results. Last year I setup my ATAS 120 in the exact location (mounted to a very large metal grate, about the size of a car) so I was able to do a "from memory" comparison between the two antennas. The TW did seem to be a better antenna. Receiving stations had less trouble with my signal and receive signals did seem to be stronger than with the ATAS. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do a direct comparison as the ATAS was at home. The true beauty of the TW is how quickly it goes up and just how well built it appears to be. Within 5 minutes I was on the air and had no concern with the 30 MPH desert gusts destroying it. The included base did an excellent job so I never had to find out if it would survive if it fell over but, my guess is it would be just fine.

After returning home I was able to do a direct comparison between my compromise 40m Loop at 25ft and the TW. The loop won hands down. There was no comparison. Could I live with a TW for my primary antenna? Not if there's any way to throw a wire in the air. Unfortunately the desert shrubs are only a few feet tall so the TW will have a place in the RV.
K4SHP Rating: 5/5 Mar 11, 2011 15:49 Send this review to a friend
WOW!!!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I don't write many reviews but this antenna definitely deserves one. The first time I saw one of these antennas was at field day 2010. While it took me about an hour to string a multi band dipole in the trees the guy who brought his Transworld antenna had it up and going in about 10 min. WOW!!!!

The signal reports that he received were outstanding so I decided to order my own. It came well packed and definitely well built. All of my questions were answered by nice people when I called and promptly when I e-mailed.

When the antenna arrived I hooked it to the second antenna port of my transceiver (Ten-Tec Orion II) so that I could do an antenna to antenna comparison. Some signals on my normal multi-band dipole were stronger than the Backpacker but some of the signals on the Backpacker were stronger than the dipole. To me that would be a draw... WOW!!!! On transmission reports many people could not tell a difference between the two antennas and the ones who could only noticed one "s" unit perhaps two "s" units difference. Again WOW!!!

For what the antenna is I can't say enough wonderful things about it. The antenna will easily fit in the trunk of you car for that trip to the beach, mountains, Disney, etc. It is small and easy to assemble and take down. It actually takes longer to roll up the coax that it does to take the antenna apart and put in the bag.

W0JTC Rating: 5/5 Mar 7, 2011 12:42 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought my Backpacker Antenna in January...I live in a condo with restrictions with antennas although I was able to put up a small wire antenna for awhile. I was hoping I could use the Trans World for use here and on the go.
I packed it up last Saturday and hauled it to a local park, set it up and was on the air in 10 minutes. I was using a Yaesu FT-897d with battery power (20 Watts) and one minute later I was talking to Poland and off and running on the ARRL DXSSB contest...I started on 20 meters then 15 and then 10 and then back to 20 etc...GREAT PERFORMANCE all the way around !! I didn't set new records or get a super score but then I really didn't try either, just having fun !!
OK, I was in a park with no electric wires, no interference at all, all signals were clear on all bands, changing bands was a snap, I got signals mainly from Europe (I am on the east coast) but I also got the Carribean and could hear the west coast and probably made contact if I wanted too...
I am very pleased with this antenna and cannot wait to try it out on the beach and other places to see what it can do..I like the carrying bag that comes with it, I just strap my coax to the bag with the supplied straps...I also got a tent peg to hold the coax at the 45 degree angle that the guide called for...
W7SAT Rating: 5/5 Oct 3, 2010 09:33 Send this review to a friend
Excellent as a portable antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was finally able to take my new Transworld Backpacker TW2010 out and set it up portable. I was using an ICOM 718 with 100ft of Davis RF RG-213 and my new 33ah Werker AGM battery. It was my luck that the California QSO party was going on. It was a perfect time to try my new portable setup.

Like others have said the quality is top notch and it takes mere minutes to set up the antenna. I set it up in a semi wooded area at the local 900 acre park. From set up to first QSO was about 10 minutes. The SWR was 1:5 smack in the middle of the 20 meter phone band with excellent bandwidth. No more adjustments needed to be made.
Being able to switch bands on the fly and ease of setup are the main reasons I chose this antenna.

I also had a Buddipole set up at the same location. I would switch between the two to try and give some kind of comparison. The receive on both antennas sounded the same, the receive is excellent by the way. However since the Buddipole is directional (in this setup) I was able to make a contact on the first call with the Buddipole that I could not make on the Transworld. It could have just been a quick change in band conditions or that the Buddipole had more gain since we had it aimed at California.

Where the Transworld really shines is that you can set it up anywhere you want outside. I do not have to worry to much about it blowing over with the quadrapod. And band switching is super easy. With the Buddipole you have to lower it down and mess with the coils. With the Transworld you walk up to it and manually switch to the band you want,(takes about 10 seconds) walk back to your station and you are on the air.

Both the Tranworld and Buddipole antennas were great. It is just a matter of preference. To me the Transworld is the perfect portable antenna that I can take anywhere and setup with out needing any other kinds of support. It would be a lot of fun the set it up on the beach. I made 18 QSO's on my first portable outing, it was a ton of fun. I love portable HF now. Special thanks to KK7JL for helping me with my first portable HF outing, and bringing along his Buddipole.
K9JCS Rating: 5/5 Jul 19, 2010 09:33 Send this review to a friend
Quality!!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently decided to buy a TW2010L to use on vacations. I drive to vacation spots, so size and weight isn't a big consideration. After reading many of the reviews here and studying the TransWorld web page I thought the TW2010L would be a good antenna to pair with my SGC 2020. Since there were a few weeks when I did not plan to be home, I was very concerned about having an expensive antenna just sitting on my front porch for days with no one home. I called TransWorld and explained my situation and talked to a very responsive guy who understood. They were out of stock at the time and he said he would call back when one was available. Well, he did exactly as he said he would and left a message on my answering machine. I was on vacation at the time, and when I called when I got home I found that they had sold the one he had called about. That was Ok because they had another in stock and he said he would get it out that very day. It arrived 3 business days later. Thanks, to the good guy at TW. Sorry, I don't have your name...I wrote it down and misplaced the sheet of notepaper. Great job of customer service.

When I excitedly opened the box the contents were screaming, "QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY." The carry bag is made from a material that looks like heavy duty ballistic nylon. There are carrying handles that allow you to carry it like a suit case or like a golf bag. The exterior of the bag has four attached velcro straps to lash on additional equipment if you need to. There are 6 D rings mounted with reinforced leather, stitching and rivets to assist in mounting your additional gear to the case. There is a zippered case on the outside perfect for holding golf balls or maybe your recommended 65 foot run of coax. The case is padded at the top and bottom to prevent damage to the antenna sections stored inside. The case is zippered around the top to allow access and removal of the stored antenna elements. There is also a zippered storage case on the inside of the top of the case to store smaller bits of radio kit. This is where I will keep the instructions, the coil jumpers, and coax adapters.

The antenna is very well made. The base consists of 4 very substantial fiberglass tubes with machined aluminum ends which mount to the vertical post. It's hard to describe but very obvious when you see the pieces. Also, there is a right way and a wrong way to install the base legs. I labeled the top sides "TOP" with a label maker to help me out.

The vertical post starts with a piece of thick wall, 4 sided, square aluminum channel, used for mounting the base legs, and transitions to thick wall aluminum tube for strength. A very solid, 1 inch fiberglass rod comes about 6 inches out of the tube to provide insulation from ground. About 2 inches from the top of the rod are two 2 inch thumbscrews/wingnuts for tightening against the antenna bottom section when it is installed.

The antenna bottom and top as well as the other metal pieces are powder coated with a nice black finish. Substantial hardware is used every where and a lot of thought appears to be given to the intended portable use of the antenna. There are no sharp edges anywhere. The antenna even has plastic covers on the bolt heads and exposed threads everywhere a bolt must be used to join pieces together or attach the coil assembly on the center section. The antenna arms move smoothly and become immovable when you tighten the double thumbscrews/wingnuts after adjusting or deploying them. Nylon spacer posts are used to prevent compression of the tubes where they pivot and nylon washers are used to allow easy movement of the arms.

The center section houses the coil(s) which determine band operation. The manual wants you to adjust them to make sure they are right for you. I went through the adjustment procedure, but found out that they were spot on, having been adjusted before the antenna was shipped. On 20 meters the antenna favored the lower end of the band, with the phone portion still within the 1.5:1 advertised swr. To move it up to the phone portion you can simply spread the 20 meter coils. Taking a tip from one of the other reviewers in this thread, I found that I could also achieve 1.1:1 on the phone portion of the band simply by raising the lower antenna arms by about 15 to 20 degrees above the horizontal. No need to open the box and spread the coils.

You change frequencies by moving two jumpers to the appropriate well marked jumper jacks. I guess calling them jumpers is technically correct, but to me they are little bits of electronic artistry. They are based on banana plug technology, but there is no flimsy wiggly wire involved. They are perfectly formed stainless steel U's formed with banana plug terminations. They are very substantial and it is for this reason that the manufacturer tells you to take them out before you store the center section. They are so substantial the manufacturer wants to make sure that they don't get caught on something and break the circuit board to which they are attached. Speaking of the circuit board...another work of art. Uncluttered, clean, well labeled, great solder joints and an attractive green that complements my wife's eyes! (Hey, we all use some dodge to get a new piece of ham gear in the door)

After checking the coil adjustments I packed it up and decided to give myself a little test. I wanted to see how long it would take to set up. Mind you, this was only the second time I had put it together. From the moment I opened the carry case, it took less than five minutes to assemble the antenna, connect the coax to the antenna and SGC SG2020, connect the battery to the radio and turn on the power.

I haven't been this ecstatic over a purchase of anything since I bought my first new car. After having to open up the gear of a large tuner, antenna, interface, and other assorted gadgets company, I have been very impressed to see that this company understands what quality means. This antenna will last. It won't break when somebody knocks it over. If Chrysler made cars of this quality it would be Mercedes Benz who is in trouble.

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