10/15/20/40/80m 5 Band Compact Trapped Vertical Antenna


The TZ-V-5 trapped vertical features include:

  • Operating bands 10/15/20/40/80m (Covers 11m as well !)
  • Max Operating power 1 kW PEP, 250W CW continuous
  • Typical impedance 35 ohm - 50 ohm (depending on installation)
  • Gain -4.4 to 0 dBi
  • VSWR 1.5:1 (typical)
  • Bandwidth 10m > 3500 kHz, 15m > 500 kHz, 20m > 350 kHz, 40m > 200 kHz, 80m 120kHz
  • Total length 7.80m (max)
  • Wind Survival 80 kmph
  • Shipping Length 1.025m, max element length 1000mm
  • Can be shipped via Australia Post
  • Compact version designed for DX-ped or travellers
  • Weight 5.5 kgs (approx 11.05 lb)

PRICE:   $550.00

Note radials shown in the picture are optional


The TZ-V-5 is a 5-band trapped vertical antenna designed to permit operation on the primary HF amateur bands of 10/15/20/40/80m. As standard the antenna is designed for the 5 traditional bands. If you've got a tight budget or a small yard or terrace house, why not give the usual HF DX frequencies a shot with a vertical. When mounted in the clear at a height of 5m or more the antenna will provide good DX signals due to the low angle of radiation. Radiation patterns of the antenna will soon be available on this web site.


The TZ-V-5 uses 3 coaxial traps which are not affected by rain since the traps are sealed. The 40m trap also includes a resonating coil and wire capacity hat which doubles as the top connections for guy ropes. Guy ropes should be attached 1.5-2.5m from the base in 3 directions at 120deg apart. The TZ-V-5 can be mounted in one of three (3) ways, although due to the size of the antenna, ground mounting and roof mounting using a very sturdy mount are preferred. Guy ropes (nylon) are recommended for all installations.

  1. Mount the antenna on the ground using a 50mm diameter galvanised steel pipe, 1000mm long or greater. Use a sledge hammer to insert the pipe into the ground or dig a hole and bury it so that approximately 300m protrudes above ground. Directly mount the vertical to the pipe. It is advisable to install a 2.0m or greater length of copper clad steel earthing bar next to the antenna to provide an adequate earth. Connect as many earth radials as possible for optimum low angle radiation and efficiency of your antenna.
  2. Mount the antenna on a metal deck roof (your garage for instance) and use the metallic structure as the ground plane for the antenna. Again a 50mm diameter pipe is recommended and the metal structure should have at least 1m2 of metal surface area.
  3. Mount the antenna on a mast or tower at any height and use a set of radials as the ground plane for the antenna. This is the most efficient method of mounting providing the best radiation pattern. RippleTech Electronics offers a set of three radials to suit the antenna for $33.00 inclusive of GST. For optimum VSWR the radials should be angled towards at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. The RippleTech radials are specially trimmed so that the antenna remains resonant for any of the three (3) mounting options.


Acetal plastic insulating sections are used for mechanical strength and stiffness so that the antenna can handle strong winds. The lower section of the antenna is 32mm O.D, tapering down to 10mm O.D. at the top. Trap covers are provided for bird and rodent protection rather than weather protection since the traps are fully sealed. The coaxial traps provide excellent isolation from band to band and their high Q ensures low losses. The bandwidth of the antenna is remarkable for a trapped antenna and the complete bandwidth of each bands is covered with VSWR under 2.0:1 when correctly tuned.

Stainless steel fasteners are used (except for mounting U bolts which are optionally S/S) as well as aluminium rivets for reduced corrosion. Three (3) stainless steel hose clamps are used to permit adjustment of the antenna on each band. Assembly is simple and straightforward, and if by chance something does go wrong most parts can be obtained from your local hardware store, e.g. nuts, screws, rivets, U bolts etc.

The Rippletech radial kit is recommended for tower or mast mounting of the antenna. Optional S/S mounting U bolts are also available instead of the zinc plated versions for an additional cost of $20.00 inclusive of GST.

The TZ-V-5c is supplied with all stainless steel hardware except for the boom/pole mount U bolts (optionally S/S).

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