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A nicely done and easy-to-understand tutorial on how to convert 2 "Ham Stick" antenna elements into a portable or emergency HF dipole antenna. The key to this antenna is the MFJ-347 antenna mount which allows you to make a quick, effective dipole antenna for any portable operation, including the annual ARRL Field Day, a casual day at the park, or even on-air activities from deed-restricted properties (HOA/CC&Rs).
According to KJ4YZI of the "HamRadioConcepts" Amateur Radio Channel, this antenna is simple, easy to set up and take down, and only requires a minimum of support pieces. If you already have a fiberglass mast and a tripod, most of your work is done. Although you won't get superior performance from this antenna, you will be able to get on the air and make contacts, especially away from crowded urban areas. Don't let your old "Ham Sticks" go to waste--turn them into portable antennas for your "go-kit."
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