Chamelon Loop Antenna

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Can anyone recommend a Tripod to hold the chameleon Cha-F loop. It's the large one with the metal plate on the bottom.
 

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Can anyone recommend a Tripod to hold the chameleon Cha-F loop. It's the large one with the metal plate on the bottom.
I've always had good luck using the Slik U212 for a variety of uses; it has leg braces which add stability, and in addition to holding fairly heavy cameras I've used it for holding a homemade magnetic loop. There's also a 1/4-20 stud on the bottom of the center column which can be used to mount a weight bag for additional stability.
 

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Can the 3 way head be removed creating a level platform with a screw that fits a tripod socket?
 

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I use a Velbon S-900 camera tripod that I've had for several decades. It's a little wonky now, but it holds my Chamelon F-Loop very well. A recent addition of a 1.4 lb. heavier 10' length 1/2" Heliax coaxial cable (LDF4-50A) remains sturdy on it instead the thin bit of coax that came with it. I use the regular 1/4-20 screw hole on the bottom and attach it directly to the quick release of the tripod. I do not use the two holes on the back, but to each their own. The measurements of the quick release mount I use is 7 x 4 cm.

Anyways, I think you know to avoid some flimsy spotting scope tripod and remember height is not might with this loop. Spread the legs wide and keep it stable.
 

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Can the 3 way head be removed creating a level platform with a screw that fits a tripod socket?
On the U212, yes. Been awhile since I took the head off, but the mounting stud is either 3/8-16 or 1/4-20. Pretty sure the U212 includes a 3/8-16 to 1/4-20 adapter but if not, you can get the adapter for a couple of bucks.

If it's not a 3/8-16 it's 1/4-20; those are the standard sizes for tripods. 3/8-16 is pretty much the standard for mounting the head to the tripod, and 1/4-20 is the standard socket on all but the heaviest cameras.

I have a Manfrotto video head I use with my Slik U212 base for video work; it comes with the standard 3/8-16 threaded socket, and I recall having to use an adapter somewhere in there.

A clarification based on what @vagrant said. . . the legs on the U212 can spread out almost fully horizontal, so you can get a stable platform on nearly any kind of terrain; of course, the more they're spread out the closer to ground the tripod head is, but the thing is wildly adjustable when needed. I've been using a U212 since my college days nearly 40 years ago and it's served me quite well.

UPDATE: There are several U212 tripods on eBay for very attractive prices right now. I'm tempted to buy another just so I have a spare.
 
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Most tripods originally designed for photo/video use will have a 1/4-20 thread.
 
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