Lunchtime QSOI had an opportunity to set up my 39.7 foot carbon fiber pole at lunch today for a quick QSO. My outing yielded 3 QSOs into CA, PA, and TX on 14.060.
No RadialsI didn't run any ground radials just attached the black clip lead to the shank of the screwdriver and stuck in the ground. I cutoff about 18 inches of the aluminum section to match the length of the collapsed fishing pole. I stow the CF pole inside the aluminum pole section for protection when transporting it.
Tunes 40-6When it is set up it basically slips over the bottom section of the CF pole to provide coupling to the bottom section. I don't really know how much capacitance is there but apparently it's enough to tune 40m. It won't tune 80m though but really wouldn't have expected it to.
Video of QSOHere is a video of the latter part of my QSO with KD3CA, Don out near Pittsburgh running his KX3 at 5 Watts into a TriBander at 55 feet. (That helps).
Needless to say, it still works better than I thought. What a hoot! No wires. None.
RBN HitsHere are the RBN spots.
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