TAK-tenna 20 on balcony @ KD4HGR, Ricky

 

 

I WOULD BUY THIS ANTENNA FOR THE OTHER BANDS AS WELL..ITS GOT GREAT RECEIVE. WITH VERY LOW NOISE LEVELS & I GET VERY GOOD SIGNAL REPORTS..

 

I ALSO USE THIS QUITE A BIT ON THE 14.300 NETS AS WELL. 

 

THE BUILDING DOES HAMPER IT A LITTLE DUE THE REBAR IN THE WALLS.. BUT I CAN NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE AS YOU SEE P.R. IS DUE SOUTH OF ME AND THAT IS THE SIDE WHERE THE BUILDING WALL IS AGAINST THE ANTENNA..

 

I TUNED THIS WITH AN MFJ-259B ANTENNA ANALYZER TO 14.300 AND HAVE BEEN USING NO TUNER SINCE...IF YOU BUY ONE OF THESE GET AN ANALYZER TO SET IT UP..IT TOOK LONGER TO BUILD THE ANTENNA THAN IT DID TO TUNE IT WITH THE ANALYZER...

 

I ALSO SHOULD TELL EVERYONE I LIVE IN A CONDO THAT IS A 2 STORY BUILDING AND I AM ON THE TOP FLOOR AND MY PATIO IS ONLY 3 FEET WIDE AND 36 FEET LONG....THANKS AND 73'S RICK EATON ( KD4HGR )

 

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE CONFIRMED QSL's I HAVE MADE

 

THIS IS JUST A FEW OF MY CONTACTS FROM THIS ANTENNA AS IT IS IN THE PICTURE...

 

W5TMP    14.275    LEESSVILLE,LA  S 59/ R 59

KF4NMH  14.258    WAYCROSS,GA  S 59+/ R 57

VP2VQ     14.270    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS,TORTOLA  S 59/ R 59

N0BSS     14.295    DIVIDE,CO    S 59 / R 59

KB6KTV   14.285    VOLCANO,CA   S 59 / R 57

WB7WNF 14.296    BONNEY LAKE,WA   S 56 / R 59

K0ARY/VP9  14.285   BERMUDA,GIBBS LIGHTHOUSE  S 59 / R 59

KB1OVW   14.270   VASSAALBORO,ME  S 59 / R 57

KH2RU       14.257   RIO GRANDE,PUERTO RICO  S 59 / R 59

 

 

 

 

TAK-tenna 40 Vertical on 3rd story balcony at

S52CC, Vince in Slovenia

 

 

My Tak-tenna protrudes from a 4th level balcony 11 meters off the ground, with one more story and the attic above, and massive reinforced concrete walls shielding the NW direction.

 

With the MFJ-949E it tunes fine on 8 bands from 80 through 10 meters.

 

Using the Yaesu FT-450 transceiver I made 925 QSOs and logged 118 DXCC entities from 5 continents, some of them even in serious pile-ups.

 

Most of contacts were made on 40 and 20 m, but all bands are represented.

 

And as everybody knows the propagation conditions in past months were really not the best.

 

After four months with quite good results in horizontal position I turned the antenna into vertical position, the reports from North American station improved for 2 to 3 S points, and I have it positioned this way now.

 

 

 

Below is TAK-tenna 40 horizontal at HB9SIS, Denis in Switzerland