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« on: September 11, 2019, 06:26:50 PM »

I have been tasked to participate in an exercise in late October as a ham operator. I don't know if CAP will be part of the exercise; details are on a need-to-know basis so I can't look it up. I need to complete my personal portable equipment with a portable 2 m / 70 cm antenna, and coax with UHF connectors to go from the antenna (outdoors) to the radio (in a town office or similar facility, details unknown).

My plan is to obtain a 5 foot antenna mast, support it with a surveyor's tripod which I have, and clamp the antenna to it. I'm keeping it short to minimize the chance of it getting knocked over.

Naturally I would like it to work with CAP frequencies in the vicinity of 2 m for future operations. I have some LMR 400, but the stiffness is unpleasant to work with and might create a tripping hazard. I'm looking for suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 06:55:20 PM »

I've used RG-8x for coax.

For a mast, I use five 4-foot camo net poles (fiberglass HD) and a tripod adapter (three poles for legs, two for mast). I clamp a  mobile-base antenna ground plane adapter to it and use a broadband VHF antenna, same model CAP uses on vehicles (19" tall).
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Unit: NER-NY-301

« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 09:34:24 PM »

I would not recommend RG-8X for configurations that might see use at 70cm frequencies; you're apt to lose almost 10dB in a 100' feed line. If LMR-400 is too stiff, Times Microwave does also make a stranded-core version with similar characteristics (LMR-400UF I think) and the usual suspects make a clone product. LMR-240 is another possibility, particularly for shorter runs.

I have the aluminum camouflage poles for a mast and guy them to ground stakes with fluoro green/yellow paracord; it's topped with a PulseLarsen NMOWB150B (cut for lowest SWR across the CAP frequencies) on a ground-plane kit; I use LMR-400UF for the feed line. That particular antenna won't help you much on 70cm obviously.

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 11:12:18 PM »

Can I suggest a N9TAX roll-up j-pole dual vhf/uhf antenna.  They are excellent and work great on CAP and most out of band 2m frequencies used within SAR with minimal deviations on the SWR.  Can be pulled up into a tree with a small line or attached to your portable antenna mast.  I believe he is selling mostly through e-bay now. 
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