Howdy folks! In this video we compare the $10 QRP Antenna pole that we previously reviewed and the 31′ Fiberglass Jackite pole. They both have their uses, but which one is the clear winner? Or IS there a clear winner?
The Jackite pole is great because it’s sturdy, tall, and very high quality. The QRP antenna pole found on eBay is a repurposed fishing rod. It’s not very tall, low quality, but also quite inexpensive.
Jackite Pole Comparison
So follow along as we compare the Jackite antenna pole with the ebay $10 antenna pole in the video below. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each pole, and you’ll be able to decide for yourself if the Jackite option is worth the price of if you’d prefer another solution. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel 🙂
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Really there is no clear winner. Each pole has its clear use. The eBay pole on an old camera tripod is very very inexpensive (less than $20) but the antenna pole is flimsy for all but the lightest antenna. The Jackite pole on the other hand is very robust, but also a lot more expensive. It also requires a sturdy mount, as it is much heavier and has a higher wind load. So the winner really depends on your needs. Personally, I’m using both as part of my G7FEK 80m-10m no-tuner antenna, and it works great.
Of course each ham radio operator with years of experience will have come up with things that work best fo them. Each person is sure to have some preferences and solutions that they prefer. What about you? Let us know what you think in the comments below!