Chameleon portable and mobile antennas for HF/VHF

Chameleon: Compact portable/mobile antenna for Shortwave and VHF

The Chameleon antennas are very compact antennas which are ideally suited for installation at little space, or for portable or mobile operations. The antennas cover all bands from 80 to 6m and even VHF/UHF (2m, 70cm).

Chameleon MIL Whip

Chameleon MIL Whip

Very light, small and portable antenna (being collapsible). Can be used simply as a normal antenna rod or as an optional accessory for the Chameleon MINI-HYBRID

If the antenna is used in conjunction with the Chameleon HYBRID, then it is working on 6m to 160m at a power of 1500 W SSB. Unmounted the antenna is only 73cm long. The 5 aluminum tubes are hold by a MIL-SPEC rubber cord. The Chameleon MIL WHIP antenna can only be used as a portable or in a non permanent stationary installation. Never use it mobile while in motion.

Technical Data
Length (full) 330cm
Weight 270g
Frequency Range 160-6m
Max. Power 1500W
Connector 3/8" thread bolt
Impedance 50 Ohm
Order No.
11459 Chameleon MIL Whip 135.10 € Buy now
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MIL EXT: 2m Extender for MIL WHIP and all other 3/8" antenna rods

The MIL Extender whip has been designed to offer maximum portability and performance.

This collapsible antenna extension may be used with the MIL WHIP to create a 6m long portable antenna, of course works also with any other 3/8" antenna rod. When combined with any HYBRID series antenna bases (p/n 11458) the MIL EXT will operate at all frequencies in the 1.8-54 MHz band without any adjustment with most modern external antenna tuners.

This three 65cm sections of 18 mm diameter aluminum alloy tubing is designed for portable HF communication where rapid deployment and simplicity of operation is essential but compactness is primordial.

Connector: 3/8" top and bottom
Length: collapsed 65cm, extended 1.9m
Weight: 450 g


Order No.
11455 MIL EXT Extender Whip 159.90 € Buy now New
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Chameleon HYBRID-MINI Serie

Chameleon HYBRID-MINI Base

The HYBRID-MINI-Series is a new development of Chameleon. The base is fully compatible with almost any previous and future products..
The headstone is the base, which with various antenna configurations from 160m to 6m operates at a maximum power of 800W.

Here some configurations with the HYBRID-MINI-Series:

  1. HYBRID-MINI-Base with end feed wire (included in delivery)
    The HYBRID-MINI End Fed antenna configuration covers 160 to 6 meters without any gaps.
    The HYBRID-MINI End Fed is perfect for apartments, condominiums, homeowners associations, deed restrictions, field day operation, portable installation, stationary vehicular installation and many more.
    The base does not require grounding, but e generally grounding will be helpfull for every antenna construction.
    The wire must not be in a line, you can use configuration types like vertical, sloper, horizontal, inverted "L", inverted "V", zig-zagged, etc...
  2. HYBRID-MINI-Base with mobile antenna
    On the base you can use every mobile antenna with a 3/8" connector.
    When the whip alone is not adjustable, then this is the perfect complement for this.
    The base has on the bottom a 3/8" bolt and can be placed directly on existing feet.
  3. HYBRID-MINI-Base with vertikal whip
    Well suited for this purpose, the base is perfect
    In confined spaces remain vertical antennas are often the only way to be QRV.
    In conjunction with the Chameleon MIL whip antenna you have a vertical for the 160m - 6m with only 3m length.
  4. HYBRID-MINI-Basis mit Dipolantennen
    Of course, the base is also used to connect various dipole antennas.
    Depending on the building height and building form of either a steep or radiation, the typical dipole characteristic is achieved.
    Various design sketches are shown at the bottom of the page.
Order No.
11458 Chameleon HYBRID-MINI with Base 265.00 € Buy now
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Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO NEW

Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO

The Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO is an even lighter Version of the HYBRID-MINI antenna (ref. 11458).
The weight is about 500g, which makes this antennee highly suitable for backpacking. The base of the antenna is a smaller version of the wideband balun, which is also equipped with 3/8" tthreads for mechanical installation. Included in shipment is a 20m long wire, which acts as a wideband antenna from 1.8 to 54 MHz. The VSWR is subject to configuration, a tuner is required. The most effective installation will be in a reasonable height above ground, for example in a tree. Max. TX power 100W, connector PL socket.

Order No.
11454 Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO 226.00 € Buy now New
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Chameleon EMCOMM II

Chameleon EMCOMM II

A slightly different form of hybrid is the Chameleon Emcomm II.
The Emcomm II is a portable antenna, which can also be very good to use as a base station antenna. With the large frequency range of 1.8 - 54MHz, this antenna covers all shortwave bands completely. At the Emcomm II a 18m wire already connected. In contrast to the hybrid, mobile Whips etc. can not be mounted. For easy installation, the balun has on the top a ring terminal with a snap hook which serves simultaneously as a tension relief for the radiator. On the bottom there is a PL-jack for the coaxial cable and an additional screw with wing nut for a ground connection.
The antenna can be built in different variants to the optimal use of (non) available space. At the same time you can also influence the emission behavior of the Emcomm II by these different structure types.
The Emcomm II supports up to 500 W PEP (250 W CW). Depending on the configuration, a tuner is required. The built-in tuner in transceivers are fully sufficient here.

Order No.
11456 Chameleon Emcomm II 138.00 € Buy now
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Accessories Chameleon Antennas

Suitable accessories and mounting material like mobile bases, magnet bases, heavy duty antenna springs etc. are on the page Accessories for HF Mobile Antennas.

R1 Center Part


R1 with straight center part

The R1 center unit can be used to build a dipole from two Chameleons. To reduce mechanical strain on the center part, it is advisable to use guy wires on top of the antennas.

Order No.
11400.G R1 straight center unit 14.90 € Buy now
11400.V R1 V-mounting center part 14.90 € Buy now
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Pictures and Installation schematics

11458 Detail Chameleon Hybrid in Detail
11458 On Bicycle Chameleon Hybrid + MILWhip On Bicycle
11458 HYBRID MIL On Mast Chameleon Hybrid and MIL Whip On Mast
11458 HYBRID MIL On Mast Chameleon Hybrid and MIL Whip On Mast
11458 HYBRID MIL On Mast Chameleon Hybrid and MIL Whip On Mast
11458 HYBRID V1L On Truck Chameleon Hybrid with V1L, On Truck
11459 MIL Whip + MIL EXT On Mast MIL Whip + MIL EXT On Mast
Chameleon V1L
Chameleon V1L