A few weks ago I volunteered to help out the Boyscouts with an activity they will be working on soon. Apparently the BSA no longer requires the scouts to learn morse code, so instead what they do is they hike to the tops of the mountain peaks around the valley and set up signal mirrors, and make contact with other Boyscout groups (Operation on Target). The organizers of this outing wanted HAMs to do the communications and verification of the contacts. I decided I would use my 2M mobile rig, my homebrew 3/4 wave ground plane antenna, and obviously a small 12v battery. The antenna breaks down into lengths that will fit in my truck bed toolbox so it should fit in a backpack nicely with the rest of my rig. The problem is I need something to mount it on.....hmmm a tripod might work. So the task now is to fab up an adapter to attatch the antenna to the tripod. This is my "build" for the adapter.
1) Top side of phenolic spacer, to isolate the antenna from the tripod
2) Bottom side of the spacer
3) Aluminum mount, made from 2x3x1.7x.250 wall rectangular tubing
4) Antenna base with the spacer installed
5) Mount installed
6) Mounted on tripod
7) Full view
No this crappy tripod is not the one I am using for the outing, it's for show. I have a heavy duty Bogen tripod that will go almost 7' tall that should work well.
Feel free to comment or ask questions, Enjoy