SlinkTenna - 80m-6m Compact Quick Deploy Helical HF QRP Ham Radio Antenna

SlinkTenna - 80m-6m Compact Quick Deploy Helical HF QRP Ham Radio Antenna

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The SlinkTenna is a compact, quick deploy, portable, helical ham radio antenna. It covers the 80 meter through 6 meter Amateur Radio bands and can handle up to 100 watts SSB, 50 watts CW, & 25 watts digital. It utilizes an internal 9:1 UnUn and a BNC female antenna connector. An antenna tuner is required for this antenna to properly function.

When collapsed, SlinkTenna measures a little over 6 inches long and is roughly 12 feet in length when fully deployed. Weight is about 12 ounces. Total antenna electrical wire length is roughly 54 feet. With proper deployment of 10+ feet above ground, at least 10 feet of 50 ohm coax and proper grounding, an SWR of 1.5 to 1.0 can be easily achieved on all supported bands with most auto tuners as well as most compact manual tuners.

The SlinkTenna is ideal for portable QRP operation such as SOTA, POTA, Field Day, as well as camping/backpacking trips. It is also very effective for houses and apartments with HOA antenna restrictions. It’s small enough to be deployed in crawl spaces, attics, garage rafters, balconies, & even some large closets.

Quick and easy to use with portable rigs that utilize automatic antenna tuners (10:1 or better recommended). Such as the Elecraft KX2/KX3, Xiegu X-5105/G90, & Yaesu FT-817/818 with LDG Z-817 auto tuner.

Included Accessory: Specially cut light duty tension relief / Sway control paracord kit with light duty carabiners and plastic clips that attach to midway point of antenna elements. (do not use for climbing) (Paracord & carabiner color will vary) Center carabiner attaches to top metal eye loop on main body of SlinkTenna. End carabiners connect to metal eye loops on each end of SlinkTenna. Plastic clips connect to antenna element after SlinkTenna has been fully extended.



The included Tension Relief/ Sway Control Paracord Kit MUST be used with SlinkTenna to prevent damage to antenna elements.



Operating recommendations, limitations & additional info:

• Requires automatic or manual antenna tuner with a wide matching range capable of 10:1 match or more.

• 100 Watts max power output on SSB, 50 watts CW, & 25 Watts on digital modes.

• Do not extend either antenna element beyond 6 feet. (To protect antenna elements from damage)

• Minimum recommended height: 5-8 feet.

• Optimum recommended operating height: 20-40 feet.

• Do not touch antenna elements while transmitting.

• For improved performance, use at least 10 feet of 50 ohm coax between antenna and radio.

• Properly ground radio for optimum performance.

• Antenna can be used in a flat horizontal, inverted V, vertical, or Vertical L shape configuration.

• Eye hooks at ends of both antenna elements are electrically part of the antenna. This gives the user the option to experiment with adding additional lengths of wire to the ends of the antenna with a simple alligator clip connector (not required).

• Top eye hook on main body has no electrical connection to antenna system.



Optional Add-ons:

SO-239/BNC Adapter.
50 feet of paracord.



Handmade in USA 🇺🇸🗽



Slinktenna Compilation video & Hands on Review from Josh - KI6NAZ at HRCC (HamRadioCrashCourse):
• Compilation:
youtu.be/xbgIFFvjzXw
• Review:
https://youtu.be/6GG-Hz_uGdU


SlinkTenna hands on review video by Ryan - KC9OZA from the Clay County Radio club: https://youtu.be/DZDNNJa7ST8


Video showing SWR tests as well as signal report maps: https://youtu.be/v8brmNv9pcI



Not designed for permanent outdoor installation.

Radios in photos not included.

Tension Relief/ Sway Control Paracord Kit MUST be used with SlinkTenna to prevent damage to antenna elements.

Please remember that like most compact portable antennas, the SlinkTenna has compromises.

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Stan Weber Apr 4, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

James was super responsive and I received my antenna in 4 weeks. I hung it on my 3rd floor balcony and it is working perfectly! I needed a stealth dipole and this is the perfect solution for me. Thanks again, James! 73's de Stan WB5UDI

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Andrew Byzet May 2, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Tested this out during the North East QSO party. Worked all up the east coast on 50 watts SSB. Well built and tunes up well. Loving it so far! 73 de WA4BRX

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Kevin Jul 18, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Well it took awhile, but I’m blaming the damn virus!! Man this thing is cool. Perfect for a go bag or even for field day! This guy took time and effort to build this thing, it’s genius!! There is quality. He kept me informed every step of the way. He answers questions immediately if not sooner. Best part is it’s American made!!! Highly, highly recommend.

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Harry Kidder Jul 26, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

The SlinkTenna performs well. I used it to make a 500 mile QSO (20m) with 5w mounted on a hitch-mounted 30' telescoping flagpole (support arms are 1/2" PVC tubing). It will be used for Field Day, Virginia QSO Party, and various expeditions. Excellent craftsmanship!

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