it’s a real good performer
It’s not perfect but it’s about as close as you’ll find. Where to start? Well the tripod is as heavy as it is heavy duty. I guess it’s perfect for the size of antenna it supports. The antenna has alot of load to it, especially after all four whips are extended. Those are some strong whips. I’d definitely guy the thing with some nylon ropes and secure the ropes very well.
The performance is as big as the antenna and I’d put money on the fact that there isn’t anything portable that can touch it. No matter what band I chose, this thing impressed the receivers at both ends. In other words, it transmits as well as it receives, which I’ll tell you has always been between an S7 and S9. So I turned the power down to 5 watts and still got great reports on all of the bands. It’s been a lot of fun using this antenna and it’ll be my go to antenna for true emergencies and daily communications.
One of the things that some people remark about it that they don’t want to have to change the clip on a coil. That’s not a bad thing, because having the coil gives the antenna a higher Q. A higher Q basically means that more of the power gets put out into the air. So if you have a QRP rig, this antenna will give you maximum performance. It’s pretty awesome that there is a single vertical radiating element centered above three horizontal radiating elements. On EZNEC this gives the radiations pattern of three L antennas.
So what’s next? I guess I need to order the bag that is made for this antenna. I’ve heard good things about the quality of the bags from Alpha Antenna, and truthfully there are too many parts to not have some type of bag.