6 Meter Amateur Radio J-Pole Antenna
Six meters, often called the ‘magic band’ can be mystifying at times. Bridging between the HF spectrum and the VHF/UHF spectrum, 6 meters shares the propagation vagaries of both. You quite never know when sporadic-E is going to open up or an inversion layer sets in and whisks your signals to who know where. If you are a lover of 6 meters, then this antenna is for you.
The 6 meter J-Pole is my favorite antenna. A monster of an antenna measuring 13.5 feet; the six meter J-Pole will exceed your expectations. Click to see a full size picture.It outperforms most commercial antennas with its solid 3 db of gain.
Benefits of the 6 Meter J-Pole Antenna
- Low noise floor easily picks up weak signals
- 4+ MHz of bandwidth covers the entire 6 meter 50-54MHz band
- Omnidirectional pattern
- Vertically polarized, perfect for 6 meter FM and Repeaters
Excellent performance; hit repeaters 40 miles away with only 5 watts. The 6 meter J-Pole features a two piece design for shipping and easy storage. It is constructed of a combination of 3/4 and 1/2 inch copper tubing for rigidity and light weight. The antenna also has a stabilizer to keep the matching stub from swaying in the wind.
The antenna is vertically polarzied for FM work and is pretuned to the 52.525 Mhz calling frequency. The antenna can also be custom tuned to any frequency within the 6 meter band upon request.
- 13.5 feet tall, two piece design for easy transport
- Constructed out of a combination of 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch copper tubing
- Half-wave design, no need for groundplane or radials
- 3 dbi of gain. Omnidirectional radiation pattern
- Tuned to 52.525 MHz
The antenna comes shipped in two pieces. The lower section uses a 3/4 inch copper for rigidity and the upper section uses 1/2 inch copper for too keep the weight down. A plastic stabilizer bar keeps the matching section in place and to prevent excess vibration from damaging the feedpoint connection. When the two pieces are assembled, the antenna has a total length of 13.5 feet. Total weight of the antenna is 7.5 lbs.
Chris, KI4JVK writes: “Speak softly, but carry a BIG STICK” Words of wisdom that aptly apply to the photo of KB9VBR 6 meter Copper J-Pole mounted on a 1 7/8 diameter 20′ long galvanized pipe at my Qth.The antenna speaks “softly” with a MFJ-9406X Tranceiver (10 watts PEP)!I have QSL’s in Canada,USA and the Carribean.The magic band you gotta luv it!
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Shipping the 6 Meter J-Pole antenna
The 6 meter J-Pole antenna is shipped UPS Ground in a sturdy box. All the 6 meter antennas as custom built when you order is placed; average build time is about 3-4 days. UPS Ground shipping is 2-5 days, so you can expect your antenna in about 6-9 business days, depending on your location.
If you are interested in purchasing another antenna along with the 6 meter model, please contact me first as there may be a shipping discount when a small antenna is combined with the 6 meter model.