Without a doubt, the single most important purchase you will ever make is the antenna. Mono-band antennas like ham sticks, work about as good or slightly better than a short stubby screwdriver – but without help, their bandwidth is annoyingly narrow, particularly on the lower bands. This can be a disruptive issue if you change frequencies often, as operators typically do. While the ham stick type antenna has some negatives, as any antenna will, the pluses outweigh the minuses.
The price point of the ham stick antenna makes them compelling. Mono-band Mobile Whips, or HAM STICK Whips, make HF mobile or portable operating fun and easy! They are small, lightweight, efficient, and super-easy to use. Their sleek, low-profile construction has low wind loading, and their semi-rigid fibreglass construction eliminates the need for springs or guys.
HAM STICKS will handle 250-500 watts PEP and measure around 7 ft. when fully extended, and 4 ft. collapsed. They will screw into any 3/8 – 24” female mount for quick band-changing! And are available for 10, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, and 75 meters.