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Author Topic: Hustler CG144  (Read 1405 times)
KC8REQ
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« on: March 31, 2002, 06:58:01 PM »

  I am having a problem with a Hustler 2 meter antenna and a ICOM 2100H.  When I key the mike my power meter shows 37 with an swr of 1.7.  The radio is suppose to be around 55 out the antenna is mounted on the bumper under a 1 7/8 inch ball.  If I key the mike while I'm touching the antenna at the base the power goes up to 55 and the swr goes sky high.
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                   Don
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2002, 06:04:51 PM »

The CG144 probably shouldn't be mounted like that.  It's a 146 MHz antenna, and the "under the hitch ball" mounts are really for HF (below 30 MHz).

I do realize the CG144 is very tall.

Have you tried trimming the antenna for better SWR?  1.7:1 isn't that bad, but possibly adjustment (both the whip sections, above and below the white fibreglass section in the middle, are adjustable in length to some degree) will trim it in to "perfect."  

If not, don't feel badly about it.  You've got the antenna mounted in a compromise situation, down kind of low to the ground and using a non-VHF type mount.

The "37" or "55" or whatever is meaningless.  The idea is to tune the antenna for best possible match (lowest SWR) and be done with it.  It doesn't matter what the "wattmeter" reads.

Don't touch the antenna while you transmit, this is a bad idea.

73 de Steve, WB2WIK/6
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