This is a discussion on The BPH RadiGo Project within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Originally Posted by Captjim_NM Very good project, I hope you water tested that ammo can before you did all that work............. The ammo can is ...
My order of some 450-ohm ladderline arrived Saturday, so yesterday I started building a roll-up 2-meter slim jim. Got the bulk of the work done yesterday.
Got it tuned and soldered up tonight, and finished it up with some heat-shrink.
Now THAT'S a compact, portable antenna!
Even just hanging on the wall inside, with the radio set to low power (10 watts) I was pushing 9 watts to it and hitting the repeater about 3 miles away.
Last edited by Back Pack Hack; 01-18-2021 at 08:53 PM.
The ALS is complete:
"What's an ALS?", you ask? Why, it's the Antenna Launch System, of course!
The collapsing fishing pole is extended, placed into the ground stake (orange spiral thingy) and a ½-oz egg sinker with a swatch of fluorescent pink embroidery floss is launched into a tree using the slingshot. The floss (thread) is to make the sinker visible after re-entry. When it reaches the ground after going over the desired tree branch, a sturdy twine is attached and pulled back to launch control (a euphemism for where I was standing with the slingshot). Once the twine is pulled back over the branch using the fishing line, it's used to hoist the roll-up ladderline antenna into the air.
Connect the antenna to the RadiGo, power it on and I'm OTA!