70 cm Yagi Tripod Mount

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A correspondent has asked about the tripod mounting arrangement I use for the Arrow dual band 70cm/2m Yagi.

VK1AD operating a FT-817 from the summit of Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007 at 2050 metres ASL VK1AD operating a FT-817 from the summit of Mt Perisher VK2/SM-007 at 2050 metres ASL

The SLIK F153 aluminum lightweight tripod is designed to support a camera, however when I spotted the tripod in a local camera store, I immediately visualised a lightweight VHF/UHF Yagi, suitable for SOTA operations mounted to the tripod head.  The SLIK tripod sales promotion mentions the following features, which after using the tripod for the best part of three years are correct.

  • 3-way pan head with long panhandle for sure camera control.
  • Single bubble level (useful)
  • Rack and pinion geared center column with handle for controlled elevation of the camera.
  • Easy to attach quick release plate makes for easy mounting and dismounting of the camera.
  • Maximum height 1315 mm
  • Folded length 520 mm

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