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Author Topic: Screw Driver Antennas  (Read 486 times)
KC3EF
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« on: April 03, 2008, 06:39:20 PM »

I am thinking of putting a screwdriver type antenna on my SUV.  Any recommendations as to brand/type or ones to ovoid.  

73's
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K3GM
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008, 06:52:45 PM »

I really like my High Sierra HS-1800.  Easy on and off from its mount, but can be securely fastened if you like with the aid of a screwdriver.  Other brands you might want to look at are Hi-Q and Tarheel.  There are others too.  Check the Review section for Mobile HF Antennas.  While you're at it, also check out the Better RF Controller for auto-tuning the antenna.
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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008, 07:33:33 PM »

I second the recommendation of the High Sierra 1800.

I prefer not to bad-mouth any of the others, but I personally wouldn't buy one from MFJ or Tarheel. Just my personal preference.

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Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008, 07:58:07 PM »

Take a look at the Hi Sierra website.  They are by far the largest.  They are a real manufacturer.  Not just some guy in a garage.  I use the 1800 and love it.  
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008, 05:26:54 AM »

You also might look at the Scorpion (http://www.scorpionantennas.com/antennas.html). It's interesting for a couple of reasons.

In the non-screwdriver category is the HiQ. It costs more, but doesn't change lengths like the former ones do.

No matter what antenna you buy, mounting it is the real secret to getting performance. If you want more info, visit my web site.

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
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WV4L
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 07:40:27 PM »

Yes, Be sure and visit Alan's site. Excellent information and advice to be had there.
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W4KVW
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008, 10:22:10 AM »

I had a DK-3 & it worked "GREAT" for me.NOT one of the major companies but it seems that the DK-3 MAY have been the ORIGINAL screwdriver antenna or one of the 1st anyway & still around!Stay AWAY from the ATAS series if your interested in a GOOD signal.

Clayton
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KD8CGF
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 11:32:48 PM »

The ARRL Antenna book has plans for a home brew screwdriver antenna in Ch. 16.
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