Lightweight portable QRP 2m & 70cm half wave dipole for SOTA or an emergency antenna for the 2m and 70cm Go-box.
- Section of nylon kitchen cutting board 50 x 30 mm x 7 mm (2 inch x 1 1/8 inch x 1/4 inch)
- 2 x 495 mm (19.5 inch) 6 section telescopic antennas with M3 holes
- 2 x M3 screws 15 mm long with nuts
- 3 x solder tabs
- BNC panel socket with M3 holes
- 2 x M3 screws 10 mm long
- Balun – Toroid core T37-0 Tan (100 to 300 MHz)
- Copper wire – 6 bifilar turns of 0.72 mm (21 AWG) winding wire
Center insulator can be mounted over a telescopic pole, on camera tripod or hang it from a tree branch.
Balun T1 toroid – T37-0 6 bifilar turns of 21 AWG copper wire (ignore the five turns shown in the diagram)
For operation on 144 to 148 MHz, extend each telescopic element to its full length 495 mm (19.5 inches). Center frequency is 146.5 MHz.
VSWR scans with the horizontal antenna 2 metres above ground level. Feedline for the test is LMR195.
At 432 MHz the extended antenna is 3/4 wave length (3rd harmonic)
Version #2 with a tripod mount here
Version #3 using a T37-12 mix toroid here
Last update: 8 November 2019
2 thoughts on “2m Lightweight Portable Dipole”
Many thanks for sharing this – I am going to build one of these for myself! I notice in version 3 you changed the torroid mix. I am wondering what the impact of this was? Which should I use if I am using your design?
Hi Ian, the T37-0 works equally on 2m and 70cm, however the 17 mix is for 2m 144 MHz only.
I prefer the Tan 0 mix.