Some time ago I had an S2S-QSO with N1ZF. In the following e-mail contact we exchanged information and photos about the antennas used for this QSO. This is when I became aware of the „Random Wire Antenna“ Paul had successfully used.
This antenna consists of a 12.8 metre long wire as radiating element and an equally long ground radial. Matching is done with the Transceiver’s internal ATU.
Since most ATUs have problems matching very high impedances, it is important to choose a wire length which is not a multiple of half a wavelength on any band you want to use. This way the „odd“ length of 12.8 meters emerges.
The antenna is available from SOTAbeams under the name ‚Bandspringer Midi‘. The design is very simple, which makes it a candidate for homebrewing.
Both wires are connected directly to the KX3 through a suitable BNC adapter. I prefer forked cable lugs over 4 mm ‚Banana‘-plugs.
The radial is laid on the ground, the radiator is stretched in any configuration possible (vertical, inverted L or inverted Vee). The internal ATU of the KX3 is able to match all bands from 60 metres to 10 metres with a VSWR < 2:1 (somtimes it will need a second attempt for this).
The main advantage of this antenna compared to my other end-fed half-wavelength antennas is its lower weight. This is because the wire is shorter and no separate ATU or UnUn is needed.
Additionally, band changes can be done even faster than with my QRP-L-Tuner.
So far I have made about 100 QSOs with this simple antenna (thereoff 20 with NA) and I am impressed by its performance.