The area I live near Canberra in Australia has many SOTA summits that are easily activated on 2m with a HT. That said a good antenna always helps. The 2m oblong antenna is very popular in these parts. It is easy to make, light to carry and packs small. It is horizontally polarised.
This is the second oblong I have built. I gave my dad VK4FASR my first one and have finally built another. I mostly use the bottom of the band for SSB/morse, the middle for APRS on 145.175 and 145.500 for SOTA. The antenna is cut accordingly.
(Sorry about the lack of Freedom units)
- 8mm fibreglass tube.
- 8mm ID kite nocks (both from a kite supply).
- Double walled glue lined heat shrink.
- 2200mm Antenna wire – DX Commander in this case.
- 2mm ‘ZingIt’ dyneema.
- A BNC to banana adapter.
I cut the tube so the centre to centre distance between the holes in the kite nocks was 360mm as per Andrew VK1AD’s instructions.
With the wire I started with 2200mm and trimmed until I had the best SWR at 145.000 when I lost my nerve and stopped cutting. [See photos below.]
Everything is held together with the glue lined heat shrink.
The top tube includes a little loop made from the ZingIt to suspend the antenna. Total weight is 102g.
The 2mm ZingIt can hold about 200Kg. I hope the pics make sense