W3EDP End-fed Multiband Antenna
2018-03-31 I have been reading and thinking about Summits On the Air (SOTA) for a while now, dreaming that one day I'll get out there and combine my ham radio and backpacking interests and activate a summit. So far it has been just thinking! A few minutes ago I heard N3II/P on 40 meters and after listening just a few minutes noted that he was activating a summit. So I contacted him. I don't know what he was running but I was running 5 watts into a G5RV with my Ten-Tec-R4020. He gave me a 559 and I gave him a 539. I then went to his web page and saw that one of his favorite antennas is the W3EDP End-Fed Multiband antenna. Having played around with end-fed antennas, it looks interesting. I plan to give it a try sometime. In the mean time, I'll keep thinking about doing a SOTA activation! An interesting place to start exploring is the SOTAwatch page online. You can see right away who is active and where. Just tune to the frequency and listen. You may be pleasantly surprised!