Portable Radio & Antenna Gear
for Travel, QRP, Pedestrian Mobile
AMB-TripodAM-1: Camera Tripod Antenna Mount
I now have new products for the portable, QRP and travel operator. The ones that are ready for sale are shown here. Others will be coming, as I am pondering them or testing them myself on upcoming trips or treks "into my backyard". I most enjoyed QRP operation while traveling by air, car or canoe, and felt it was time to make these available to my customers.
Listed here are links to after-market components that I have used, and there are many other companies who also make fine products. I only list items on my website if I have personally used them and find them useful and of high quality. This does NOT imply that products from other companies are not of high quality, it's just that I haven't tried them (yet). I have no financial or personal gain by including these links, and if I ever do I would state so. No "fake news" here!
My ideas come quicker than my website updating so if you have an idea or you have a need for something please email me a description of what you are looking for: CONTACT ME. Many of my products have resulted from customer inquiries! As a small one person company I can make individual or small production runs of products. All aluminum brackets are made in my shop and powder coating is done locally at a metal finishing shop.
Enjoy the journey, and searching my website. Happy DX from portable realms.
MORE ITEMS WILL BE COMING, ONLY LIMITATION IS MY TIME TO DO SO!
AMB-TripodAM-1: Light-weight Antenna Mount for "ANY" Camera Tripod
This is an excellent solution for mounting your portable/mobile HF/V/UHF antenna where there are no structures for a dipole and need something totally self supporting, such as what a camera tripod can support.
This is something I've pondered for years and finally completed my first production unit which I am using for portable/travel and QRP operation, on HF and V/UHF bands. You can use any inexpensive (or expensive) camera tripod as the "TripodAM" has 1/4x20 threads which essentially all camera tripod screws go into. You can use most types of mobile or light-weight antennas that screw onto one of our interchangeable antenna bases: 3/8x24 stud, NMO without radials, NMO with radials and SO239. All have an SO239 connector on the bottom for connecting coax.
Here is what you get, 3/4 inch diameter hole with panel thickness of 1/4 inch for the antenna base (ours or your compatible), ground counterpoise 1/4 inch bolt with wing nut and center 1/4x20 threads for the camera tripod screw - same as what is on the bottom of just about all cameras. Material is 606 aluminum and 18-8 stainless steel hardware. Finish is hand-buffed aluminum - yes I hand buff each one with #2 and then #0000 stainless steel. Dimensions are 3/16 inch thick x 2 inches x 7 inches. Weight (without antenna base) is 4.6 ounces.
Here are two examples of my current installations using the "TripodAM". The sky is the limit for other HF antenna configurations.
HF Light-weight, self-supporting, portable antenna setup that fits in a smaller suitcase or backpack, for 40-6m:
The antenna is a 17 ft. untuned stainless steel telescoping whip that will fit into a medium-sized suitcase: MFJ-1779. This is tuned at the antenna with an Elecraft T1 QRP ATU, connected to a 3/8x24 REP Design antenna base with approx. 6 inches of RG58 coax. You can also adjust the telescoping whip for 1/4 wavelength, WITHOUT a tuner, from 20m to 6m but I like to remotely tune the antenna. To remotely tune the Elecraft T1 you can use a two-conductor shielded cable (I use RG174) connected to a momentary SPST switch. I place one split Mix 33 ferrite bead, 2-3 turns, on the cable close to the T1, to help prevent RF from traveling down the remote tune cable. I have ordered a 1:1 50 ohm "Balun Designs" balun for placing at the input (radio side) of the T1 via approx. 6 inches of RG58 coax since a vertical antenna is an "unbalanced" antenna and the balun reduces/prevents RF from traveling down the coax and helps to isolate the transmitted signal to the antenna & counterpoise wire. From the balun I typically run 24 ft (or so) of coax to the radio, currently an Elecraft KX3 or for extra light travel a KX2. The reason for tuning the antenna at the antenna is to avoid RF loss in a coax run if an antenna was placed at the radio. Lastly I use a 32 ft. Buddipole single counterpoise wire on a coil winder; this the green wire in the photo which shows the counterpoise not yet deployed.
The antenna is dual band 144 mHz & 450 mHz antenna with an REP Design NMO radial base. This is shown deployed on a 4 foot diameter table to raise the antenna a few feet more above ground.
If you have any questions, please CONTACT US .
- Essentially any mobile VHF – UHF (6m and above), including GMRS, MURS and commercial bands. You will need ground radials, such as provided on our NMO radial base (shown below).
- Small HF: telescoping whips of almost any length, “ham sticks”, Hustler loading coil antennas, etc.
- Small HF screwdriver: High Sierra Sidekick, Tarheel Little Tarheel, Yaesu ATAS100/120, etc.
- CB radio (11m band): mobile antennas including 9 ft. whips.
We currently provide the following options for the AMB-TripodAM-1. Other aftermarket items, such as antennas, tuners, counterpoise, balun, etc. are available from others - for some of these see the links above but there are many other sources.
- Antenna Bases : Interchangeable antenna bases that fit this mount. Notice the nicely machined weatherproof heavy-duty nuts!
To download the product installation instructions (COMING SOON), click > MANUALS. To view our product warranty click > WARRANTY . If you have any questions please CONTACT ME.
ORDER HERE: AMB-TripodAM-1: Tripod Antenna Mount
We offer DISCOUNTS if you order three (3) or more items (mix and match). For a FAST QUOTE fill out our QUOTE FORM , and this is the quickest way to order multiple items as you can then click our SPECIAL PAYMENTS page and only have to enter the total amount on the Quote that I email you. For shipping information click > SHIPPING (Worldwide) .
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