The Buddipole is a professionally constructed portable antenna for 40 to 2m which has found a huge popularity worldwide. The exceptionally good quality and care of details make this antenna an ideal companion for vacations and other portable activities. The transport length of the dipole is only 56cm, with a weight of only 900g nearly any pole is suitable for carrying it. A coaxial cable (380cm) with PL and BNC connectors is supplied, equipped with a choke on the antenna side. Power rating: 250W.
This is what Buddipole says about the specified power rating of 250 watt:
"This rating is very very conservative. We actually run the Buddipole with 500w on sideband without any problems. One must only be careful to watch the RF off the tips of the antenna. We say 250w to be safe. We did run a full KW through the Buddipole and felt the beads in the coax assembly get hot, as well as the coils! But the antenna continued to operate just fine after a minute or two on SSB."
The VersaTee center allows mounting of the dipole with 3/8" threads in 'L', vertical and straight setup. With the optional 'Rotating Arm Kit' (RAK) the dipole elements can be adjusted in 'V' form with nearly any angle. The VersaTee center is mounted on any pole with a 1/2" thread (painters pole, broomstick or the Buddipole masts).
The performance of the Buddipole is excellent: the center loaded coil offers much less losses as other designs. Very enthusiastic user reports show that DX results are easily achieved, even when working QRP.