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Author Topic: Ameritron SDA-100  (Read 2492 times)
AB2MH
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« on: August 27, 2006, 05:18:35 PM »

Who makes this antenna? Is it MFJ (Ameritron) or Tar Heel?

If you look here you will see a description apparently copied from Tar Heel antennas website!

http://www.gigaparts.com/store.php?action=profile&sku=ZAM-SDA-100

So either gigaparts just copied and pasted, or Tar Heel is making antennas for Ameritron?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006, 05:48:09 PM »

Same thing at the Ameritron website:

http://ameritron.com/products.php?prodid=SDA-100
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006, 06:45:59 PM »

It is a very basic screwdriver type antenna. It IS NOT a Tarheel, or High Sierra. On a scale of 1 to 10, it's about a 3 perhaps a 4. The weather sealing is about 50%, and it does not come with a whip (although MFJ sells one for it).

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2006, 08:47:00 AM »

Alan beat me to it.

MFJ has some fine products, but this isn't one of them. It's cheaply made and isn't in the same league as High Sierra, Tarheel, Hi-Q. Personally, I don't think any of the other motorised antennas are, either.

Get a good one in the first place.

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2006, 08:50:48 AM »

Well personally I already have a Little Tar heel II.  It is a GREAT antenna.  I absolutely love it.  

The question was whether MFJ is simply stealing Tarheel's advertising from their webpage or whether tarheel was making antennas for MFJ now.

Well I guess I got my answer.  MFJ simply stole the advertising.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2006, 02:48:50 PM »

<< Well I guess I got my answer. MFJ simply stole the advertising.>>

That's an invalid assumption. Maybe Tarheel IS making a cheap version for MFJ and gave them permission to use the copy.

Unless you have proof to the contrary, I'd be careful of accusing a company of stealing ad copy, Ryan.

73,

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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2006, 04:49:25 PM »

You didn't ask, but I'll expound on this anyway.

In my opinion, the best money can buy is the HiQ. It has the advantage in that it does not change length as you adjust the resonant point. Thus, it is sealed against the weather better than any other you can name including those that use a rubber sleeve. In reality, it IS NOT a screwdriver antenna.

Second in line is the High Sierra series. The weather sealing is better than any other screwdriver type antenna you can buy. The Q is very good over all especially if you buy the top of the line. Lon uses one of these, and I suspect it has several hundred thousand miles on it without a single complaint.

The Tarheel comes in about number three if you buy the top model. The "little Tarheel" isn't much of an antenna, and you'd be better off with almost ANY 8 to 10 foot long antenna.

Someplace down the line is the MFJ. One has to remember that MFJ markets to the masses, not the guys like Lon and I who don't care what something costs, as long as it does the job in the best of circumstances. That is not to say you will not make contacts with it, because you will. That said, I believe it is not MFJ's best effort, and my original guesstimate stands!

If you want something that matches EVERY TIME (!), regardless of frequency, etc., etc., than buy a Maxx-Comm. All it is, nothing more, nothing less, is a 50 ohm resistor, with a CB whip attached to the hot side of the coax. Worse, you have to buy the whip! B&W, Comet, and at least one other Chinese company makes a similar product. The most surprising part of it all, people SWEAR how good an antenna it is. There is INDEED, a sucker born every minute!

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006, 07:14:47 PM »

W3LK wrote:
> What's an invalid assumption. Maybe Tarheel IS making a
> cheap version for MFJ and gave them permission to use
> the copy.

Well Gee, Lon, that was the same thing I was asking!!

If you didn't know, why didn't you say so instead of providing misleading information?

> Unless you have proof to the contrary, I'd be careful
> of accusing a company of stealing ad copy, Ryan.
>
>73,
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> Lon - W3LK
> Baltimore, Maryland

What the hell?

Re-read the first post.

I was asking simply if MFJ made the antenna and stole ad copy, or if Tar Heel was making antennas for them.

No need to attack me like a vicious dog.  

I was merely asking a question, to which you (and Alan) responded that MFJ was indeed making the antenna, and that Tar Heel had nothing to do with it.  So since both of you gave me an answer, I thought that your answer was correct.

Now you go and change your answer and attack me?

Not very nice, Lon.  
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 07:27:12 PM »

K0BG wrote:

> The Tarheel comes in about number three if you buy
> the top model. The "little Tarheel" isn't much of an
> antenna, and you'd be better off with almost ANY 8 to
> 10 foot long antenna.

Wrong.  I have the Little Tarheel II with two whips - a 6 foot and an 8 Foot.  They perform very well.  The stock whip is a joke, but I do use it when driving on parkways (low overhead clearance) or on 6 meters.  It works pretty well, matches consistently every time (except on 160m) with SWR of 1.1 - 1.3.  During driving there isn't much variation at all (measured with the analyzer).

I would rather have that little antenna mounted with some metal below it than on an ugly trailer hitch where it doesn't have a proper ground plane. And no, drilling a hole in the quarter panel is out of the question.  Sorry, I just don't do holes.  

> Someplace down the line is the MFJ. One has to
> remember that MFJ markets to the masses, not the guys
> like Lon and I who don't care what something costs,
> as long as it does the job in the best of
> circumstances. That is not to say you will not make
> contacts with it, because you will. That said, I
> believe it is not MFJ's best effort, and my original
> guesstimate stands!

I don't care what you or Lon like.  I am not looking for buying advice.  If you guys like Hi-Q, then good for you!  You guys have something that you like and you're happy with it.

But so far - no one has answered correctly my original question?

I simply want to know - does MFJ make this antenna or tarheel?

Because from the looks of it, either Tarheel is making antennas for MFJ now, or they are sharing ad copy.  That is all.  I really don't care about what type of antenna you guys recommend.  I have what I have, it works and it works good enough for me.  I don't care for a Hi-Q, Hi-Sierra or anything else.  I just want to know whether tarheel is making antennas for MFJ now.  That is the question.  Either answer yes or no, or don't answer anything at all.  We can have antenna buying/installation advice in another thread.  That's not what I'm asking here.  Okay?
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2006, 08:29:49 AM »

Ryan:

<< No need to attack me like a vicious dog. >>

You know, you need to cool down a little. No one attacked you in any way shape or form. I made a simple statement - that you didn't like it is your problem.

I don't KNOW who makes it - Tarheel is a possibility or someone else. The reference was to MFJ/Ameritron stealing the ad copy, which is the statement YOU made with no proof. That was what I was referring to.

Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2006, 08:33:31 AM »

Ryan:

<<I simply want to know - does MFJ make this antenna or tarheel? >>

Call both of them and ASK, if it's all that important to you. Personally, I'd never buy one so I don't really care.

Lon - W3LK
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