The new Buddistick Pro from Buddipole, Inc.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4FDT, Sep 4, 2021.

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  1. N3IOE

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    Don't know how much creditably to give it, but the Buddistick is rated higher than the Buddipole on
    Buddistick 4.7 Stars 62 Reviews
    Buddipole 4.5 Stars 210 Reviews
  2. DO1FER

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    These antenna seems to be outstanding.A portable nice and easy to install Groundplane with a special massive separate earthing. Cant get better for portable needs when doing POTA or SOTA.
  3. AJ6KZ

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    I do a lot of SOTA and I prefer to take my extremely light weight linked EFHW, which sets up very quickly. I'd say you can do better for SOTA. Having said that, I have always thought the Buddipole system looked neat, but why not just go for a linked dipole at a fraction of the cost?
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  4. KA1YBS

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    The Buddistick is suitable for a SOTA expedition in my opinion, though I personally get away with lighter stuff, like wire. For a rocky summit, I use the diminutive, albeit limited (20/17m resonant) Elecraft AX-1 vertical and a counterpoise wire or two.

    The Buddi-systems are a good product. The folks that run the company are very helpful. I've chatted with them at Dayton. The Wolf River Coils won me over as a cheaper alternative, however. For POTA, I have used the WRC in a dipole and vertical configuration. Had a ton of fun with both!

    Both are very flexible designs, however, both can be fiddly to band-change with. The tuning almost always requires some kind of SWR analyzer to speed up the process, especially when running a dual-coil dipole configuration (Buddipole or Wolf River "Otophone Dipole"). You can tune "by ear" if you practice enough with the coil(s), however, the length of the whips are tricky without prior markings or help using a VNA. The Buddipole/stick does have some helpful tuning instructions that you can read before purchase.

    The Buddi-system gives you most of the goodies in a bag, where Wolf River, you have to really order a couple different systems to match. Make sure to guy these things. I couldn't recommend one over the other. Superb portable stuff!
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  5. W4FDT

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    sometimes when you have to make it light for portable use, well.. its light so any type of abuse from wind or conditions will affect the antenna. I dont work for Buddipole but ive used their products for years. Ive had to purchase an extra whip myself one time but it was my mistake, I didnt guy the antenna like I knew i should and it fell over and the whip broke.
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  6. W4FDT

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    I dont work for Buddipole but I do use their products. I want to introduce you to one of their new antennas, the portable hex beam, or Buddihex. We put ours together for you so that you can see what can come in the kit and how easy it is to assemble it and get on the air. Be sure to check out the "Pro Tip" in the description for an even faster assemble time than we showed in the video.

  7. KA1YBS

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    I just watched a video from the same op, this time with the "Buddi-Hex"... now THAT... is one, mean, portable hunk of wires! I am sure it's twice the cost of the Hex that I have here at the QTH, but if you were going on a multi-ham POTA/FD/DXpedition... that kit is FOR REAL!
  8. KV1P

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    I had a Buddistick 15 years ago; when I was living in Brooklyn NY wotked 85 DX stations on 10 meters so I was very happy with it. This new improve would be very in HOA area!
  9. KK4YDR

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    I guess I can disclose now that I have been testing this system for about 6 months now. Really really good setup.

    Here is mine, i was not allowed to say anything... great setup for sure
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  10. KQ1V

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    I'll be buying one...
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