Outbacker mobile antennas

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by Marvin L. Steinhagen, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Has anyone had any experience with Outbacker mobile HF antennas? Haven't found any domestic retailer. Has anyone ordered from overseas?
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Google it, I found a reference at the Alpha Delta site.
  3. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    They are as good as any HF Mobile Antenna.... You just can not get an efficient Mobile HF Antenna, but this one os as good as most others.. They are used a lot, as HF Antennas, on Helio-Choppers up here in Alaska... Seem to be OK, as they do work...
  4. sourdough145

    sourdough145 Tinker and thumb smasher...

    Good as any... Prefer Hamsticks (mono band) with a good matching balun for lower bands. Use two 16 inch stiff copper wires spread at 45deg facing back from where steel whip goes into fiberglass as cap hat for 80 meters to help matching/bandwidth problems. I like to use the higher freq antenna and whip extension on the road for a little longer radiator (i.e: 15mtr on 17mtr etc.). Pretty tall on a high side mount on a econoline van! Really worked though... Kenwood TS50 with AT50 tuner mounted at antenna entrance. YMMV 73's
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  5. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey++

    As the others have suggested, there are no real "good" mobile HF antennas, just varying degrees of mediocre. There is only so much you can expect with the given space limitations.

    I agree with @sourdough145 that ham sticks are a great option. They are simple, inexpensive, and offer a lot of bang for the buck.
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  6. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    When I had the "Pig" ('55 Dodge PowerWagon PanelTruck) part of the Gear in the back was a Bottle of Helium & Wx Ballon, and a Hand Grinder with 300ft of Aircraft Antenna Wire spooled on it... This was the best Portable Antenna I ever used... You just fill the Ballon, and spooled out the Grinder while watching the SWR with about 10Watts CW... When the Dip came you locked the Grinder and were ready to go... Doesn't work for Mobile very well, or in a windy area...
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