Update 04 June 2017
Yesterday I spent an entire day out man portable, near the sea. Naturally I took the Chameleon spike along to try some other deployment options e.g. using full counterpoise set, comparing against tripod deployment, with and without MIL EXT, …
I also took the Super Antenna MP1C, mounted on the TM1 low profile tripod. The TM1 low-profile tripod is the closest thing I can find to the CHA Spike from another manufacturer.
Here you can see both systems setup, and the results of the 200mw WSPRLite tests.
Once again I can’t stress the importance of getting outside in testing your gear. It doesn’t matter what all of the Forum ” antenna modeling experts” say or don’t say. What matters are facts and the results of testing to support those facts. I need to be perfectly honest. This is something I haven’t said before. I was very skeptical about the spike, but I was also open-minded enough to give it a try to test out how to maximize its performance while taking the benefit from the increased portability it affords us. I already knew the TM1 from Super Antennas worked well with the MP1 series of antennas. So my thinking was why not give this Spike go.
Yesterday, I went out to field test the “CHA Spike”. The CHA Spike is a new deployment option for the Chameleon MPAS, Hybrid Mini, or Hybrid Micro series of Broadband matching transformers. The CHA Spike is a 15inch (38cm) stainless steel ground spike designed to provide a stable base for collapsible whip style antenna systems. in this video I deploy the CHA Spike with the Chameleon MPAS and MIL EXT add-on, on top of a local hill, excellent radio spot, but unfortunately, devoid of trees.
I do hope this video is found to be useful.