Re: Military VHF Radio Antenna
What does 'quickly' mean? Are we talking set up for a few hours (or overnight)? Or are we talking 'deploy it for a couple minutes while we take a drink of water' fast?
Originally Posted by codenamegriffin
I have had amazing success with a 'twin lead j-pole' but there are some limitations to it. Power for one. It can't take a whole heck of a lot of power, and your radios can put out 50W (would probably melt the thing), but 5W is easily handled. It could be designed for your frequencies, but, it would work best at ONE frequency. Everything else would be less efficient.
It's easy to put up (throw a fishing line up a tree and haul it up), but that weight crashing through the trees would probably be too much noise for a tactical situation.
Unfortunately, as IdunBenhad said, the engineers who built the radio have probably come up with the best compromise of efficiency, range, and portability that a lot of money could come up with. Unless you are using a SINGLE frequency, EVERY antenna is a bunch of compromises.
While I support your willingness to research antennas and learn about them (learning is a great thing), I have a feeling that you already have the best antenna you are going to get for that radio.
Good luck in your search,
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