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Thread: which robust HF mobile whip?

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    which robust HF mobile whip?

    Right, I've destroyed three mobile helical whips, and of those I have had to repair or service them repeatedly, and now I want a really solid one I can give a good beating.

    I don't want any tubular nonsense with motorized sliding plastic doohicky with o-ring sealed whatshisname, I want a STRONG mobile whip that will go to hell and back. Seriously, the offroading I do I wouldn't be surprised if the antenna tip touched the ground on occasion. I don't need to hit it on overhead bridges at a hundred miles an hour - I just need it to not snap itself in two on its' own accord!

    Any suggestions?
    TIA
    Steve

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    what bands are you using when youre wheeling? i am a former police officer and have worked rural areas most often. i was giving this topic consideration as well. what i was thinking is to get a steel whip cb antenna and cutting it to the length or lengths that i needed with a spring base. i was thinking of cutting one for dual band vhf uhf. and another for 6m and maybe another band but not sure which one. the steel whip is very durable. i also toyed with the idea making a firestick looking ham stick antennas with the same concept in mind. hope this helps if i gain any ground on my own project ill let you know.

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    me again lol. also if youre talking hf antennas i saw a nvis styled antenna which folded flat on the roof rack and was erected when needed. if i find the link ill post it for you.

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    I have broke 3 hamsticks in the last 2 years, though I am only out $45 I have decided to go the tuner and 102" whip route.
    It's not the best option but it's pretty dang tough.

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    the only real answer here is a 108" whip
    and a tuner like the AH-4 or what ever LDG or SGC sells
    even MFJ is in the game now
    tie it down in the woods
    let her stand on the road

    ohh and Breedlove for mounts

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