-Main reasons I designed this antenna.
1. I live in Westren Montana
2. I am communication officer for Sanders County Search and Rescue (scsar.org)
3. I Love Hiking!
4. Repeater Coverage isn't good in the Mountains
The basic idea is pretty simple: When using your handheld while backpacking you always seem to have to hold it up to get a better signal.
Then if it's raining your radio gets wet... So I wanted to design a simple detached antenna for people who want to backpack.
If it gets wet out you could use an external mic or earpiece and keep the radio inside the pack. This antenna could also be used in a mobile
situation. Clip it on the window of your rig or cup holder...
Price to complete: $25. (Worst case scenario: You don't have any of the parts)
1_ 3" Metal Clip ($2.50 @ Local Hardware Store)
1_ Pack of small Metal "L" Brackets ($3 @ Local Hardware)
1_ Small Bolt & Locknut. (I used a 1/2" 10-32 and Locknut)
1_ SMA Male Antenna of your Choice. (I like the 14" dual band ones from Ebay.)
1_ 24 to 36" SMA Extender. (Make sure the one end Female that can be mounted thru a hole.)
This is the hardest part to find. There are lots of SMA-RP extenders on Ebay, but they won't work. I'll include a link to the ebay listing I purchased.
I use Baofeng and Yaesu, so I wanted a SMA to SMA, but if you are using a different radio you may wish to get a SMA-F to BNC...
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Total Price: (CHEAP)