I set the Buddipole up today on 20 meters, following the instructions laid out on the Buddipole videos and got it all up and running ok.

As anticipated the background noise was at 5/4 or so, making it hard to hear any weaker signals. I called CQ a number of times and was given a 5/9 signal report from Geelong, Victoria (VK3) so it’s certainly working.

I’m not sure if I’ll bother using the Buddipole again as a vertical unless I’m in the field close to the sand or water. I much prefer the whisper quiet conditions that I get from the horizontal dipole configuration.

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