K-3854 #18 Setting up the Vertical Options

Amateur Radio, Portable, POTA

Location: NC K-3854 Middlesex 
Date: 20220913


  • Chameleon Portable HF Antenna CHA HYBRID Micro
  • IC-706MKG HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver
  • MFJ Model MFJ-969 Deluxe Versa Tuner II antenna tuner

There are various options in setting up the vertical antenna.  Today I started with the antenna mounted on the trailer hitch. I also added a counterpoise.  The first contact was my friend n4awp. He said he could barely hear me.

As you can see the antenna is leaning.  I decided to move it from the jaw mount to the spike mount.

it is still leaning but it is acceptable.  I added three counterpoise to the antenna. After I connected the radio the 40 meter band the swr was good but 20 was bad.  I had to add the tuner.

So it turned out to be a good day for activating since I got my 10 contacts but I kept loosing my shade. I didn’t stay as long as I would have liked.

Here is one option I used at a park, my luggage rack.


Luggage rack mounting


Trailer hitch mount

Sep 13, 2022 Vertical