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Author Topic: TGM MQ26 Vs Cushcraft MA5B  (Read 412 times)
EA2COH
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« on: May 30, 2004, 06:02:12 AM »

I want to put a new minibeam antenna but I have limited space. I have thought two models:

Cushcraft MA5B - T.G.M. MQ26

Which of the two is the best?
I have read the reviews and have many doubts......
Now I have one vertical HY-Gain AV640.....
Am I going to notice great difference?
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AB3BK
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2004, 08:45:40 AM »

I was in the same dilema as you. I could not decide on a smaller beam. After reading all reviews and specs, I ordered a Force 12 C-3SS. It's only slightly bigger than the others, but there are no traps or coils. I did not get it yet, but after reading the reviews, I'm sure I will like it.

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Dave AB3BK
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2004, 02:37:20 PM »

I have the MA5B, and I have worked over 200 countries with it on SSB and PSK31.  The MA5B will beat any vertical antenna, and it is less nosier.  When I compared my MA5B to a G5RV, it was 2 to 4 s-units stronger.  Occassionally, the receive signals were the same, but most of the time, the MA5B was louder.

As for the T.G.M. MQ26, the MA5B has a wider bandwidth; however, the T.G.M. gives better gain on 12 and 17 meters.  I have used both antennas, I prefer the MA5B.

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W6DXO
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2004, 04:00:21 PM »

I owned the MA5B for several years.  It was my first beam after decades of wire antennas.  Astounding performance for such a small array.

I have recently upgraded to the 3 element SteppIR.  I still think the MA5B is the best "micro beam" around.  Very small foot print, reasonable gain on 20-15-10M and a rotatable dipole for 17 and 12M.  It's a jewel.

If you want a "small" multi band beam that is really a quantum leap then the 3 element SteppIR is the way to go..much more money, however.

  gl de harry, w6dxo
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N6AJR
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2004, 01:31:31 AM »

Imlike my Ma5b  it is be=tter than you would think for what it is..
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EA2COH
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2004, 03:53:57 AM »

It seems that the MA5B minibeam is better .........Thank you very much!
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