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Antennas for Operating On the Go!

Portable operating is gaining popularity in the Amateur Radio community. For amateurs who are unable to install permanent outdoor antennas at home, portable installations are often the only way they can get on the air. There are also amateurs who simply enjoy operating outdoors, in nature. For them, portable antennas are necessities.

ARRL’s Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles gathered from more than three decades of QST, ARRL’s membership journal. Featuring easily constructed antenna systems that offer adequate performance, this book offers practical ideas and projects to get you on the air from anywhere:

HF Antennas
Single and multiband designs for all bands from 80 through 10 meters.

VHF/UHF Antennas
Antennas for 6 meters, 2 meters and even 70 centimeters.

Masts and Other Supports
Ingenious ideas for getting your portable antenna off the ground and keeping it there.

Publication Details

  • Softcover: 128 pages
    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; First Edition (June 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-62595-034-5
    Product Dimensions: 8 3/16 × 10 7/8 inches
    Shipping Weight: .75 pounds

  • Table of Contents

    HF Antennas

    80 Meters

    The NJQRP Squirt by Joe Everhart, N2CX

    80 – 10 Meters

    Zip Cord Antennas and Feed Lines for Portable Applications by William Parmley, KR8L

    The Octopus – A Four Band Antenna for Portable Use by Geoff Haines, N1GY

    8-Band Backpacker Special by Jim Andera, WB0KRX

    80 – 2 Meters

    Build a Portable Antenna by Robert Johns, W3JIP

    A Packable Antenna for 80 through 2 Meters by Dennis Kennedy, N8GGI

    60 – 10 Meters

    The Ultimate Portable HF Vertical Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X

    40 – 20 Meters

    A Small, Portable Dipole for Field Use by Ron Herring, W7HD

    40 – 10 Meters

    A Simple and Portable HF Vertical Travel Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X

    The Miracle Whip: A Multiband QRP Antenna by Robert Victor, VA2ERY

    Build an HF Walking Stick Antenna by Robert Capon, WA3ULH


    40 – 6 Meters

    A Ground-Coupled Portable Antenna by Robert Johns, W3JIP

    An Off Center End Fed Dipole for Portable Operation on 40 to 6 Meters by Kazimierz Siwiak, KE4PT

    20 Meters

    A Portable Twin-Lead 20-Meter Dipole by Rich Wadsworth, KF6QKI

    20 and 17 Meters

    A Paint Pole Antenna by Anthony Salvate, N1TKS

    20 – 10 Meters

    Fishing for DX with a Five Band Portable Antenna by Barry Strickland, AB4QL

    Super Duper Five Band Portable Antenna by Clarke Cooper, K8BP

    A Portable Inverted V Antenna by Joseph Littlepage, WE5Y

    A Portable 2-Element Triband Yagi by Markus Hansen, VE7CA

    A Simple HF-Portable Antenna by Phil Salas, AD5X

    The Shooter—A 3-Band Portable Antenna by E.W. Ljongquist, W4DWK/W1CQS

    A Traveling Ham’s Trap Vertical by Doug DeMaw, W1FB

    15 Meters

    The Black Widow – A Portable 15 Meter Beam by Allen Baker, KG4JJH

    10 Meters

    Two on 10 by Al Alvareztorres, AA1DO


    VHF/UHF Antennas

    6 Meters

    A Portable Two-Element 6 Meter Quad Antenna by Peter Rimmel, N8PR

    2 Meters

    The Take Down Yagi by Jerry Clement, VE6AB

    Build a Portable Groundplane Antenna by Zack Lau, KH6CP/1

    A Traveler’s 2-Meter GP Antenna by Doug DeMaw, W1FB

    A Portable Quad for 2 Meters by R.J. Decesari, WA9GDZ/6

    2 Meters and 70 Centimenters

    The DBJ-2: A Portable VHF-UHF Roll-Up J-Pole Antenna for Public Service by Edison Fong, WB6IQN


    Masts and Other Supports

    A Tilt-Over Antenna Mast Born of Necessity by Bruce Belling, N1BCB

    A One Person, Safe, Portable and Easy to Erect Antenna Mast by Bob Dixon, W8ERD

    The Fiberpole – Evolution of an Antenna Mast by Dave Reynolds, KE7QF

    A Vehicle Mounted Mast for Field Operating by Geoff Haines, N1GY

    A Portable Antenna Mast and Support for Your RV by Paul Voorhees, W7PV

    Amateur Use of Telescoping Masts by R.P. Haviland, W4MB

    Portable Antennas and Supports by Gary Sutcliffe, W9XT

  • Foreword

    Portable operating has become a hot-button issue in Amateur Radio today. Much of this interest is being driven by the fact that so many amateurs are now impacted by severe antenna restrictions imposed by communities and homeowner associations. When they can’t permanently install antennas outside their dwellings, their only alternatives may be to either use temporary portable antennas that they can set up and take down easily, or operate in locations away from their homes.


    There is also a growing segment of the amateur population that is passionate about the outdoors, be it fishing, hiking, camping and more. Many hams, young and old alike, are taking their radios into the field and they need compact, lightweight antennas for the journey.


    Portable Antenna Classics is a collection of helpful articles harvested from more than three decades of QST magazine. In selecting the articles for this anthology, the emphasis was placed on antennas that offer acceptable performance while still being attractive in terms of size and weight. We have also included several articles on the topic of masts and supports for portable antennas.


    I hope you’ll find this book enjoyable and useful!


    73 . . .

    Steve Ford, WB8IMY

    QST Editor / ARRL Publications Manager

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