purchased and took delivery of "the works"...Buddipole antenna, mast
and tripod. I want express my appreciation for a great product.
First, I was impressed with the durable quality and physical robustness
of the antenna, mast and tripod.
works very well. I can set up any part or all of it within 15 min and
using my MFJ259, I can set dimensions to my frequency of operation. I
can easily adjust to low SWR and very close to 50 ohms. I use an FT-817
for portable operation.
weekend, during portable operation in the mountains of WA, I had the
most interesting 17M QSO: Yukon, FT817/Buddipole and AZ,
FT817/Buddipole - all THREE of us with the same setup all running 5W
and portable. I also picked up a new country: HJ0QGL in San
Andres Isl. on 10M SSB! Then, I reached to the mast and twisted it
to the south and worked Hawaii.
respect, the antenna, mast and tripod WORK! Aside from my FT-817 and my
old FT-102, it is the best ham radio investment I've made in many years.
have need for any testimony from me on the quality, usability and value
of the Buddipole system, don't hesitate to ask. I would be happy
to talk to them.
job! 73, Larry Ryan W7DGP
posted on the QRP-F
- A Forum For QRPers, August 18, 2002.]
ordered and received a Commercial BuddiPole antenna last week. If you
are interested in camping, hiking or just generally like operating in
the great outdoors or live in motel rooms quite often, then you should
check out www.buddipole.com This is a really nice antenna. Check it
out, if you are like me...basically a skeptic, then you are in for a
have been playing around with it and my K2 all weekend and it works
really well. Surprised the daylights outa me!
disclaimer applies, no financial interest, yadda, yadda, yadda."
[As posted on eHam.net, September 27, 2002.]
originally built a homebrew Buddipole and enjoyed it a lot. Recently, I
purchased the commercial version and it has met my expectations in
every way. The quality of construction and the materials used are first
rate. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and the system
is light weight so carrying it a distance would be no big deal. The
system comes with the antenna, feedline, instructions, and a carrying
How does it perform? In a word--great! The antenna covers 40M - 2M and
may be configured as a dipole, V, or a vertical. Most of my operating
has been in the dipole configuration on 40M, 20M, and 17M. I use a 10
ft tall collapsable painter's pole as a mast and have been very pleased
with the antenna in conjunction with my Yaesu FT-817 radio.
Budd, W3FF, provides great customer service. They have a users group
forum online as well as email and phone support if needed. If you are
in the market for a portable antenna system that works well with a
minimum of fuss then you should give this antenna serious consideration."