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ATX Walk About Portable QRP HF Antenna covers 2 to 80 Meters, Made to work with the Yaesu FT-817

$74.99

ATX Walk About Portable QRP HF Antenna covers 2 to 80 Meters, Made to work with the Yaesu FT-817

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This ATX Walk About Portable QRP HF Antenna covers 2 to 80 Meters, and Made to work with the Yaesu FT-817. It even has a BNC connector to fix directly to the radio.

 This on looks to be new in the original package.

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As supplied by Yaesu, the FT-817 doesn't include an antenna for HF band operation. One of the first products introduced to address this problem was the Watson ATX Walkabout antenna. This is sold by UK dealers Waters and Stanton PLC in the UK, and by MFJ in the US. The antenna is believed to be a Mizuho design, made under license for Waters and Stanton by Sandpiper Antennas in Wales. Alternatives have since appeared promising miracles, but the ATX Walkabout is still the best portable whip antenna for the 817, as well as being the least expensive.

 

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picThe ATX is a base loaded whip - a conventional, proven design as used in many mobile antennas. The base loading coil has taps for the principal amateur bands, 80m through 6m. Resonance is achieved by selecting the appropriate tap (in effect shorting out the lower portion of the loading coil) and then fine-tuning by extending or reducing the telescopic whip. A ground or counterpoise is required to achieve a good match and get the best radiating efficiency. 

 

The ATX Walkabout can also be used on 2m. The instruction sheet states that it makes a 'reasonable' 5/8 wave on 2m. I found that it was more than reasonable. I observed a gain of 2 S-meter bars gain over a quarter wave whip, which is pretty impressive!

 

 

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