Another version of this great dual band antenna has been put together by Mr. Fong ( Edison Fong, WB6IQN ). This version named the DBJ-2 is designed for portable/emergency type operation. This antenna has been tested at my location using various mounting methods. In Mr. Fong’s documentation, he points out the best ways to use it in the field. We will be testing one of them this year for field day. Our operation is primarily QRP CW, however, we maintain contact with other FD stations in this area, and we will be using the DBJ-2 with a Yaesu FT-60 for the communications to our friends within range.
During the time that I have worked with this antenna, I have found it to be quite effective, and very portable. As delivered, the antenna is packed in a
zip-lock bag, ready for the go-kit. With the appropriate adapter for the handheld/base radio, it makes for a quick set up. I have tested this antenna at 35 watts on VHF ans 25 on UHF, and the operation was the same.
Our ARES group ( KCNorthares ) is equipping two go-kits with the DBJ-1 and the DBJ-2. This will provide maximum flexibility is setting up. There is very little increase in weight or volume in the go-kit with the addition of the DBJ-2 and having the extra antenna is well worth it. If you would like more specific info about my use of the antenna, send an email.