Leo's E-Ham reviews say it all!!!
Yes, they certainly do! Hex Beams are very very popular here in the Tampa Florida area. We have a lot of winter only resident Hams who have big stations back home. They want a small, good performing Yagi type of antenna for the time they spend down here they do not have to worry about blowing apart, when they go back home in the summer.
Whenever I was asked, I always suggested the K4KIO Hex Beam to these winter resident Hams. I never got one complaint suggesting the fine product Leo K4KIO makes and sells.
But I got plenty of "Thank You Chris for telling me about a great antenna" responses!
I don't feel anyone can "go wrong" buying the K4KIO Hex Beam.
However, I was recently made aware of what appears to be the same electrical (G3TXQ) design Hex Beam that Leo makes, for 200.00 less money!
It is made here in Florida by NA4RR, and looks to be very very similar. On his webpage http://na4rr.com/
, you can see all the parts it is made out of. It is not like NA4RR is hiding anything.
I mean fiberglass spreaders are fiberglass spreaders, and wire is wire. It looks pretty good, to me. But then, I am far from an expert on the state of the art in Hex Beam construction.
It is pretty new, and we will have to wait until the reviews come in on it, of course.
But it seems like an awfully good deal. It even comes standard with 6 meters, as well as the other 5 HF Bands, and is only 398.00, delivered!
I still tell people who ask me about the K4KIO Hex Beam, and the NA4RR Hex Beam as well.
IS it "as good" as the proven K4KIO Hex Beam ?
That remains to be seen, of course.
I was told NA4RR is busy making 20 of them to take over to the Orlando Ham Fest.
The way Hex Beams are selling, I am sure he will probably sell out at Orlando, especially if he keeps the cost down.
Hams will be able to see the construction at the Orlando Ham Fest before they buy.
And, of course, once enough of them are sold, the reviews will certainly follow.
Hams everywhere should thank Steve Hunt G3TXQ for the electrical redesign of these Hex Beams.
I have only been a Ham for 27 years, a short time, compared to many other Hams.
But I have never seen any other antenna that seems to be generating so much excitement, in the Ham Radio Community!