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Ham Radio Reviews - Antennas: HF Vertical

Brand and Model number: Solarcon A-99 Vertical
Your first name: John Call Sign: KL7JR
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna:

HF Vertical Antenna- Multi-band

Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor): 4.5
Enter time owned or used, years/months: 15 years
Purchased new or used: new

Comments about the equipment in your own words:
Extremely easy and fast to install multi-band (rated 10-17m) vertical antenna and economically priced at around $50 US. I have used several over the years from Barter Island, Alaska (Arctic Ocean) to the US Virgin Islands and everywhere else in between for portable or fixed station use.  You get a lot in one small price tag (they are cheaper from CB dealers than Ham- go figure!) While some will argue about the quality, I certainly won't.  They last many many years. One is still going strong that I tower mounted 15 years a go! You'll need a tuner unless all you work is 10 meters, and forget the optional "ground plane" kit as it isn't required.  Made thousands of DX contacts over the years on 10, 12, 15, 17 and even a few on 20m.  You can't beat the performance for the price! Since I've never gotten an email reply back from the factory on my 3 emails to them praising their antennas and telling them what I'm doing with them, I give them a 4.5
Your email address:
KL7JR AT YAHOO.COM

 


Brand and Model number: GAP 20 Meter "Mono-Gap"
Your first name: Norman
Call Sign: NZ5L
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver,

Hustler 4btv vertical antenna: Monoband 20 Meter Vertical

Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor): 5

Enter time owned or used, years/months: 3 weeks

Purchased new or used: New

Comments about the equipment in your own words:
Covers the entire band with very low SWR.  Performance close to a 2 1/2 wavelength long wire, but omnidirectional.  Stood up to a storm with 60mph wind gusts unguyed with no ill effects.  Blends easily with existing trees.  Worked first time after assembly.  Good quality item and a good ham value.
Your email address:  kopernic30 at hotmail.com  

 


 

Brand and Model number*: Butternut HF6V
Your first name*: Jon
Call Sign*: N8GXZ
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna*: Butternut HF6V 10 -80 meter Vertical
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor)*: 4.5
Enter time owned or used, years/months*: 2 years
Purchased new or used*: Used and then New
Comments about the equipment in your own words*: I bought a used HF6V in the mid 80's. I did not install radials at that time .It worked great. Made many contacs all over the world on 10 meters using Phone - CW and RTTY Fast forward to June 2010. got back into Radio and upgraded to general, bought another HF6V this time I put in 16 30' radials. It works fantastic , althought tweaking it for low SWR on the bands was a pain, I finally got it right. Yes I would buy another if something would happen to this one.
Your email address*: jkl1957 AT windstream.net
 

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