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Author Topic: Who made the 2-element "Bowtie Bantam" beam?  (Read 5949 times)
K6RAH
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« on: May 05, 2013, 03:36:52 PM »

Back in 1957-60, in California, I had a 20-Meter 2-element Bowtie Bantam beam mounted on a mast about 35 feet above the ground. I haven't been able to find any mention of the manufacturer of that beam in old QSTs or on-line. Does anyone know the manufacturer's name? Is such an animal still being made?

Thanks for any ideas,
k6rah@arrl.net
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 06:44:05 PM »

Are you thinking of the Butternut HF5B Butterfly Beam?

http://www.bencher.com/ham/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=15
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K4RVN
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 06:53:33 PM »

If you have any old 73 or QST Mags. check Gotham Antennas in the advertisers index. They used to be in Florida. It may have been that company.
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W9GB
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013, 07:27:26 PM »

Richard -

I see you asked this same question in December 2012.
http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=86764.0

Gotham Antennas (Miami Beach, Florida) is no longer in business.
http://www.w8ji.com/gotham.htm

Bencher acquired the assets of the Butternut Company founded by Donald Newcomb, formerly of Texas.
The Butternut Butterfly was a popular antenna, in this compact size.
http://www.bencher.com/ham/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=15

One other possibility is the old Mini-Products (Erie, PA) HQ-series hybrid quad antenna

Tom McKay, VE3KVD, of TGM Communications (Stratford, Ontario : Canada) acquired the
Mini-Products antennas and re-named / updated those antennas to their MQ-series.
http://www.tgmcom.com/
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 05:41:06 AM »

In the late 1950s, QST magazine featured a number of antenna designs.
Many of these designs became the commercial antennas or antenna parts,
that are sold today by Hy-Gain/MFJ, Hustler/Newtronics, Mosley, Cushcraft/MFJ,
Butternut/Bencher, Reyco/Unadilla, Mini-Products/TCM Communications, etc.

In 1957, Ralph Rosenbaum, W5ECP designed the 20 meter Wonder Bar antenna.
The W5ECP antenna project was published in June 1957 issue on pages 44-45 of QST magazine.
http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/38975

Here is an updated DIY Build of this 20 meter Wonder Bar antenna.
http://www.hamuniverse.com/20meterwonderbar.html

It was a scaled-up version of E.T. Bishop's K6OFM's 10-meter "Wonder-Bar" antenna
published in November 1956 issue on pages 32-33, 138 of QST magazine.
The E.T. Bishop design used readily available Biconical TV antennas to fabricate this antenna.
Since it looked like a common 1950s TV antenna, neighbors did not complain, in this era.

http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/38488

Updated DIY Build of this 10 meter Wonder-Bar antenna.
http://www.hamuniverse.com/wonderbar.html
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2-Element Wonder Bar beam antenna, by G.G. Ryan, W5JMQ
QST magazine, February 1957, p. 43 and 134,
WonderBar 2-el beam on a 5-ft boom
http://p1k.arrl.org/pubs_archive/39393

The Butternut Butterfly antenna, patented in 1985 by Donald Newcomb(sk),
shares some concepts/design elements with the 1950s single band Wonder Bar designs.
http://www.bencher.com/pdf_download.html
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W6OU
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 06:29:59 PM »

Here's an ad for the Gonset bantam bowtie beam.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/?pdzdbz39c9r1yr0
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W9GB
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 08:40:48 PM »

Ham Radio Manuals has GONSET Bantam Beam manual for $16
http://www.hamradiomanuals.com/view_manual.php?m=93
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K4EJQ
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 05:46:15 PM »

Hello All; Great trivia question. Antenna made out in California by Gonset. It was shipped in a wooden, not cardboard, crate. Ah, Faust, where did you and ham radio go? T'aint the same!!!
Enjoy, while you still can...73, Bunky, K4EJQ
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