Are you a ham radio operator looking to set up a portable antenna quickly and easily? In this video, Richard and Tony take on a challenge to set up the JPC12 antenna in under 3 minutes, and they succeed!

They go through the step-by-step process of setting up the antenna, including attaching the ground spike, radial system, feed point, mast parts, and the coil and telescopic whip. They also explain how to tune the antenna and test the SWR with a rig expert.

I believe that this video is valuable for anyone who is interested in portable antennas. The JPC12 antenna is a great option for those who need a reliable, portable antenna for outdoor use, and this video provides clear instructions on how to set it up quickly and easily.

Creator Bio:

The video was created by the UK-based YouTube channel, Essex Ham. The channel provides information and resources for amateur radio enthusiasts, including tutorials, reviews, and news. They also offer a weekly live show, podcast, and a community forum. You can find more information on their website at

Key Takeaways:

JPC-12 Portable HF Antenna

The JPC12 antenna is a portable and reliable option for ham radio operators. Setting up the antenna can be done in under 3 minutes with a few simple steps. Tuning the antenna and testing the SWR is an important part of the setup process.

Step-by-Step Process:

  • Attach the ground spike to the antenna and secure it in place.
  • Spread out the radial system and attach it to the ground spike.
  • Attach the feed point and mast parts to the antenna.
  • Attach the coil and telescopic whip to the feed point.
  • Tune the antenna by adjusting the coil and testing the SWR with a rig expert.

“The lower you are on the coil, the more you are to 40 meters basically, and then you work your way up as you’re tuning.”

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Q: Can the JPC12 antenna be used for all bands? A: The JPC12 antenna covers 40 meters to 6 meters, making it a multiband antenna option.

Q: Is it easy to transport the JPC12 antenna? A: Yes, the JPC12 antenna is designed to be portable and can be easily transported in a backpack or carrying case.

Q: Do I need any special tools to set up the JPC12 antenna? A: No, the JPC12 antenna comes with all the necessary components and can be set up with just a few basic tools.

Q: What is SWR? A: SWR (standing wave ratio) is a measurement of the efficiency of an antenna. A higher SWR can indicate that the antenna is not working properly.

Q: How do I know if my antenna is working properly? A: Testing the SWR with a tool like a rig expert can help you determine if your antenna is working efficiently.

KE2YK’s Input:

As an expert in ham radio, my advice is to practice setting up your antenna before you go out into the field. This will help you become more efficient and confident in your setup process. Also, make sure to test your antenna’s SWR to ensure that it is working properly and efficiently.

Who Is KE2YK:

Gary Utz (KE2YK) is an amateur radio operator and blogger based in New York, USA. He is the author of the blog, which focuses on amateur radio topics such as antenna building, radio contests, and equipment reviews. Gary has been a licensed amateur radio operator for many years and is an active member of the amateur radio community. On his blog, he shares his experiences and insights about the hobby, as well as tips and advice for other amateur radio enthusiasts.