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The Ruggedized Resonant Nano Dipole now comes as a Linked Dipole for 20 & 40 Meters Make the most of your low power signal up to 50 Watts SSB. Dipole performance literally in the palm of your hand.
If you can put up a dipole, you should. This ruggedized antenna was designed to take a beating. Check out our antennas in action on You Tube. Just Search N9SAB Antenna for some excellent Ham Radio content by such providers as Ham Radio Concepts and Outdoors on the Air.
We also make a 100 Watt compatible version available in our store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HamRadioAntennas?ref=seller-platform-mcnav
If you think you need a 1:1 QRP Choke/Balun, that is now available.
Unlike other antennas with fragile center connections or other parts, the connections here have been double soldered and encased in hard resin/plastic mixture. Short of physically breaking the elements (possible, but not easy) or incinerating the entire antenna, there isn't much damage that can be done. You could even run it over with your Jeep, as I did (see photos) but don't try that with an End-Fed. Under normal or rough conditions this unit will last for years. It can be run over, hit with a bat (but keep the thread protector on), dragged behind a vehicle, or immersed for long periods. This antenna is for use with power levels of up to 50 Watts SSB.
For 79.95 you will receive:
*An Original 20/40 Meter Linked Nano Dipole as depicted in the photos, tested and described below. Made in America, by hams for hams from materials sourced from U.S. sellers.
*A pair of 40m extension elements with connectors that turn a 20M dipole into a 40M dipole.
*A BNC thread protector cap.
*A weather resistant dual-string carry pouch as pictured.
*Free Shipping within the United States.
*Your order will be shipped within 3 business days of payment being received or sooner.
*30 Day Free Returns.
A resonant dipole in a ruggedized, ultra-compact, ultra-light form designed for demanding QRP and QRP portable radio operations. The antenna comes with two sets of elements, one for 20 Meters, and extensions for 40 Meters. Simply attach the supplied bullet connectors and engage the clips and your 20 Meter dipole becomes a 40M dipole. Work both major bands quickly and easily without having to pack a tuner or multiple antennas.
If you simply must have 100 Watts, see our other listings
The antenna requires no assembly other than attaching the 40 Meter sections when you wish to work that band, no tuner, and accepts a BNC Male connector. A resonant dipole can help you make the most of low power transmitting without additional weight and space. Deploys effectively in just minutes. Perfect for POTA, SOTA, or any portable activation. Imagine hiking to the top of the peak or journeying to some remote location and finding out you have forgotten some innocuous piece of equipment that renders that expensive, fancy antenna dead weight. Or worse, some form of damage has occurred in transit that prevents your primary antenna from functioning. Having one of these will prevent your efforts from being an exercise in frustration and will not add weight or take up precious space. Some configurations do not even require a center support if the ends are secure (see photo).
Many experienced hams would agree that it is very easy to erect an antenna system inferior to the classic half-wave dipole, and very difficult to out-perform one. There are no short-cuts or electronic tricks involved here. The Nano linked dipole is a classic half-wave dipole antenna optimized for QRP / QRP Portable and Stealth operation. It takes almost no space and weighs almost nothing. It consists of an BNC connector 22 AWG stranded, UL1007 copper antenna wire and two (2) ring connector eyelets at each end. The 40 Meter section attaches with 2 spring-back paracord clasps which relieve the strain on the bullet connectors that carry the RF. All electrical connections are soldered using silver bearing rosin-core solder. Parts and connections have been weather proofed using marine-grade, adhesive-lined polyolefin tubing.
Weighing less than 6 oz. (170 grams) this antenna is a half-wave dipole on 20 meters and a half-wave dipole on 40 meters when the additional elements are attached. When compressed, it fits into a space 4" x 2.5" x 1" (101 x 63 x 25mm). Extended, the dipole is cut for 20 meters, the elements 40 Meters. The Linked Nano can be used in any of the standard dipole configurations, flat-top, inverted V, sloper, vertical dipole, wire vertical w/counterpoise, etc.
Having used many antennas over the years for portable QRP operation, I have not found any antenna configuration to greatly out-perform the classic half-wave dipole as demonstrated by our Nano Linked Dipole. Many hours of operating and hundreds of dollars later, I have come full-circle and returned to what I believe is the best, simplest antenna solution. All things being equal (conditions, power, terrain, height etc.), this antenna raised close to a 1/4-wave above the ground is highly effective. I have been just as successful, or more, making contacts with a classic half-wave dipole than with anything else. The exceptionally rugged, compact and light Nano allows this portable performance anywhere.