Portable HF Antennas – Think Like a Backpacker

May 26, 2016

At this year’s Dayton Hamvention, my talk was about building simple end-fed wire antennas for portable HF ops.  These antenna designs have been around for decades and my focus is on coming up with a compact form factor that makes it easy to toss it into your backpack and hit the trail.\

You can download my presentation here…



  • John Leonardelli May 26, 2016 at 6:39 PM


    A lot can be said for full length antennas and their efficiency. My picnic table operations is showing these styles of antennas get a bigger signal out for the same set up effort as 8 foot center loaded whip. Different antennas for different uses. Thanks for introducing the 50:1 balun to the community

  • John Leonardelli May 28, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Hi George

    I had great results using the end fed packtenna set up in what i call a marconi endfed NVIS

    16 feet up and then across

    We had an ARES SET day today and the fast set up and tear down made things easier but the proof was in a better signal than the other guys checking in

    The longer length of wire helps but the extra effort in your toroid choices seems to make a difference

  • George May 30, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Thanks John ! I appreciate the feedback. I found that the full size antennas really do make a difference. The trick is always figuring out a way to set up a full size antenna. My goal is always to be setup in 5 min and packed up in less.
    Keep the comments coming. I am always looking for ways to improve things.