[amsat-bb] best tripod for the arrow II handheld antenna

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 23:46:45 UTC 2017

I prefer holding the antenna myself but whatever you get make sure it's
heavy enough to not fall over from the weight of the antenna. You may need
a counterweight on the end of the antenna and/or something hung off the
inside center of the tripod if it has a hook to do that like some do.

You should know the back of the antenna boom has been tapped for the
standard tripod mount screw, however the boom doesnt provide a lot of
"depth" or threads to really hold it well. Some people clamp the boom to
their tripod for extra security.

The best tripod setup I've seen is the one John, K8YSE has.

I believe he had a DJ speaker stand (speaker tripod) and an extra half
arrow boom section from a backpacker Arrow stuck in his main arrow, with
the extra section stuck in a tube which was fixed to the tripod. The extra
section rotated inside the tube allowing for easy polarity switching. With
the antenna sticking out farther away from the tripod than it otherwise
would without the extra section, its elements didn't hit the tripod.

It was big though, so maybe not the best depending on your use case.

How do you plan to use it? On the back of your porch/in yard, roving, etc.

73, John Brier KG4AKV

On Aug 14, 2017 7:20 PM, "Laura Tunnell" <drlnt at cox.net> wrote:

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