My new antenna is a Sand Piper MV- 5+3 vertical multiband Ground Plane. It was nice priced, so worth spending some euro’s for it. Reviews at eHam are 4,5 /5 that’s a pretty good score. (Read eHam info) The antenna is very light weighted. The assembling time was in about 15 minutes. And it was easy to set up on my own.
The Falcon 250B was too heavy to place the antenna on a pole on my own. Because of the light weighted parts of the MV-5+3 antenna, it doesn’t feel like solid state. I hope it will hold in autumn storms here at the coast. But maybe I am wrong, we’ll see. First results are good. I don’t expect much for 40 meters, but 30 meter and higher is fine. With my end fed for 40-20-10 m I put a signal out on other bands with a tuner, but reception was poor. So I needed a better solution for 30-17-12 meter WARC bands. Especially in the weekends to avoid contesting.
WSPR on 30 meter: I did receive stations on 30 meter! With the end fed almost no reception on 30 m. Now I do. Also on 17 meter the antenna tunes fine. I heard LU1DZ on 14060 KHz in QSO with GW0VSW. With the vertical was LU1DZ much stronger then with the end fed wire. Distance 11.472 km.
This morning with JT65A I was reported with the End Fed only in Europe on 20 meter, when I switched to MV-5+3 I was reported into VK, ZL and USA. I think there is more lower angle radiation with the vertical. So far I am not dissatisfied. More tests to come.
Under the black line is the End Fed Wire, above the black line the MV-5+3 antenna. What else can I say? The total length of the MV-5+3 antenna is approximately 3,2 meter. Not bad for a relatively small antenna.