Jackite Pole Hacks

I’m a big fan of the Jackite fiberglass poles for portable antenna supports. I have two of them have have seen a lot of use over the years. Here are a couple of quick and simple hacks that improve (in my opinion) on an already great product.

Keeping the Cap From Falling Off

Figure 1

Figure 1

While the overall quality of Jackite’s products is excellent, there is one thing that I find annoying — the caps have a tendency to fall off when transporting the pole. To overcome this, I attached a velcro strap to the cap (Figure 1). The Velcro is something I had on hand in my junkbox. It’s about 8 inches long by 1 inch wide. I used a #4 machine screw with some flat washers, a lock washer and a nut (Figure 2). I used an awl and a small phillips screw driver to make the hole in the cap. I then attached two Velcro strips (the fuzzy part) on either side of the pole (Figure 3). When transporting the pole, just secure the Velcro straps (Figure 4) and you’re good-to-go.

Figure 2

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 3

Figure 4

Figure 4

Easy Extension

This quick mod might seem kinda pointless to some users. In fact, I hesitated about writing it up. Anyway, you be the judge:

Figure 5

Figure 5

In cases when I need to bungee or strap the pole to a fixed support, I would first need to extend the top-most section first. This is because the top section sits down inside the other sections when collapsed. What I did was attach a key ring (aka split ring) to the eyelet on the top section (Figure 5). The ring I used is approximately 7/8-inch in diameter. So, I can strap the collapsed pole to a support, remove the cap, reach in and use the ring to pull the top section out (Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6

Again, you might not see the value in this one, but I find it helpful.

73, Craig WB3GCK

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2 Responses to Jackite Pole Hacks

  1. Great minds think alike!

    I did a similar thing with a small tie wrap. Also helps when I want to run wire thru it for an inverted vee or clip some of my paracord lightweight lines to help position my wire where I want it!

    Grrrr to a fellow Polar Bear!

    Grrrrr,
    K4UPG

  2. Bas PE4BAS says:

    Very useful tip. Have the same problem with my fiberglass pole. Unfortenately mine doesn’s have a eyelet on top but will try another mounting method. 73, Bas

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