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So I am running tests with my newly minted 6 meter halo as seen mounted on the rear of my mobile, this being the second generation 6 meter halo that I've designed and built, with the 1st generation halo still in my antenna arsenal, as may be seen in my Antenna Werks gallery.
After I had completed the building of the 1st 6 meter halo, I realized that although it performed well, it really wasn't suited to being mounted on a mobile going down the road.
So back to the drawing board, and the result is seen here, and also in my Antenna Werks gallery, the link provided below.
So your asking where the title "The Hybrid" comes into play.....Well I needed a mast that would allow the halo to mount on the existing HF mount on my mobile, beginning with one of my CAL-AV springs at the bottom of the mast.
I had some thoughts on what was required, and I was going to make it up, when I spotted a classic HF mobile "Webster- BandSpanner" antenna (short model with coils) in my antenna rack.
With measuring tape in hand, I realized it was perfect for a temporary mast assembly for my 6 meter halo, as the Bandspanner has 3/8ths 24 threaded inserts at either end of the mast assembly, just what the doctor ordered.
In short order, I had the antenna mounted on the HF mount on the rear deck of my mobile, and then I also realized that when the 6 meter halo is not being used, the Webster Bandspanner may be left in place, and by adding the band-coil/whip of choice, I can now operate on HF!
Of course it also works well due to the two runs of coax in place, terminating at the rear panel of my Kenwood TS-480HX with its two antenna ports.
The Hybrid multiband HF/VHF antenna was born!
Back to my 6 meter halo, and how it is working out on my mobile, well number 1, it goes down the road as I wanted it too, solid as a rock at 100 kph, just what I wanted.
As far as how the antenna is performing as a radiating/receiving antenna cut for the SSB frequencies, and everything is looking good at this time, it will take some time to evaluate it, so stay tuned.
Click on the photo for a closer look......
The antenna up close with caption.....