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Author Topic: Buckmaster antenna.  (Read 1270 times)
KC5UUS
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« on: September 10, 2009, 10:27:36 AM »

Heard of the buckmaster antenna? i like it, but it seems a little bit high in price. what kind of balun is on these buckmaster antennas? seems i could put one together a little cheaper than 120 or so bucks.
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KC5UUS
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2009, 10:32:32 AM »

no excuse me it is 191 bucks for the 7 band buckmaster.
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2009, 10:44:55 AM »

Just use Google...
http://hamcall.net/BuckmasterOCFAntennaInstructions.pdf
Build away!
73s.

-Mike.
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K4JC
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 12:52:50 PM »

Yes the Buckmaster OCF dipole is pricey, but it is very well built and works great. I had one for several years at a QTH where I could only have one antenna, and with 100 watts I worked gobs of DX with it!

The Buckmaster comes in 2 different models - one good for 300 watts, or if you plan to run an amp get the 3kW model (beefier balun.) BTW the balun on the Buckmaster OCF is 6:1.
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N1LO
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 02:35:11 PM »

<<...seems i could put one together a little cheaper than (199) or so bucks...>>

Ohh *HECK* yeahhh, go for it!

My soldering iron gets hot when I see the prices of ready made wire antennas!

Try a horizontal 80m delta loop or doublet with 12 ga stranded THHN and Wireman's #562 ladder line.

You'll still have money left over for a nice current balun, ropes, etc, and have a sweet 80-10 multibander that I'll wager has less loss and equal or better performance.

Mark
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N0AZZ
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2009, 02:55:30 PM »

I have used one for 3 years for the low bands until I put up a 160m full wave loop but it is a nvis but is great for NA, Canada, Central America and a little S America. But the Buckmaster is a very heavy duty antenna and has held up to 75 mph winds I have the 3kw one.


73 de Fred N0AZZ
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N4JTE
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2009, 03:32:08 PM »

It is what it is but you could tow a dumptruck with their design.
Regards,
Bob
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