Great performance and well built
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I received the Alpha DX Antenna and it was protected very well in its’ package during shipping. The antenna came with three radiating elements and a single vertical element, all of which are heavy duty stainless steel telescopic whips. Next to come out of the box was a well suited tripod with a standard mount that included an SO239 and 24×3/2 stud. As for the tuning bastion, it is an ingenious piece of hardware that sits on top of the mount and into which all of the whips screw into separate 24×3/8 studs. Included in the tuning bastion is a High Q coil that can be tapped with the clip for 6-40 meter operations. After taking about 5 minutes to setup the antenna system, the first thing I did was hook up my antenna analyzer and use the included quick reference chart in the manual to tune the antenna, at the same time I placed a black or red magic marker tic mark on the coil for each band. Now to hook up the radio! Immediately I heard DX on 20 meters, made a couple of QSO’s to Japan and New Zealand, then to Alabama and New Mexico. So, I switched over to 40 meters after I moved the clip and heard QSOs up and down the band like it was field day. I got response to every CQ I placed on 40 meters with signal reports never less than 5-7. I of course had to try this thing on 6 meters, which gave me 4 QSO’s before I had to call it a night. What fun this antenna is, and easy to setup & use! I’d definitely recommend this to a friend.