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Author Topic: Did Hamstick go out of business?  (Read 5401 times)
WALTERB
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« on: May 18, 2012, 01:02:05 PM »


Phone number is disconnected.

http://www.hamstick.com/home.html
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 02:37:33 PM »

Yes, Lakeview shut down.

Kinda sad, too, they were regulars here at the RARSfest.
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K5LXP
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 02:53:05 PM »

No, they're just 20dB down.   Grin


Mark K5LXP
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KI4SDY
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 06:08:19 PM »

You can buy hamsticks from MFJ. They work great for less money! Wink
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NO2A
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 07:55:37 PM »

Sorry to hear that. There`s also the Iron Horse brand that has a similar mount.
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WALTERB
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 09:44:42 PM »

Ok, thanks.  I was told today the sad news. 
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WX7G
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2012, 11:21:41 AM »

HRO still has Ham Sticks in stock.
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KX0Z
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 12:53:42 AM »

Lakeview Hamsticks or the MFJ clone hamsticks???
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WX7G
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 05:15:14 AM »

I checked again and HRO no longer has Lakeview Hamsticks. When I enter Hamstick it comes up with the MFJ clones.
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K4BSC
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 02:56:08 PM »

KJ6XE (Silent Key), Michael Swass, passed away in 2009. Here is a link to his memorial:

http://web.archive.org/web/20110520221438/http://hamstick.com/memorial.html

-Brent Case - K4BSC
President, York County (SC) Amateur Radio Society (www.ycars.org)
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2012, 05:43:39 AM »

I think "MFJ Clones" is a misnomer.  They are improved versions of the HamStick.  The significant difference being that you can remove the stinger by simply unscrewing it vs loosening a setscrew an losing the adjustment point each time.  I have the MFJ dipole mount (also an improvement over the Lakeview design) and several pairs of MFJ Hamtennas and am happy with them in all respects.
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W4FID
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 05:07:14 AM »

Whatever manufacturer and wherever you buy a single band base coil loaded mobile whip (generically called hamsticks for many years) you want two things .................. a removable "stinger" and a double set screw stinger secure. If you can remove the stinger by loosening a double nut you can quickly/easily pop the antenna off the quick disconnect, take it apart, and store it in the trunk or back seat if you're parked where you don't want it seen or available ................ parking lots, etc. And you haven't changed the length of the stinger so when you reassemble it you don't need to worry the stinger length is changed and hence the resonant freq changed. If the stinger adjustment system has 2 set screws at 90* it will be much more secure and less likely to loosen. A loose stinger adjustment will allow intermittent contact between the main part and the stinger which will cause intermittent SWR and spikes that can damage your finals.
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KB2WIG
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2012, 09:10:10 AM »

Whatt I've done in the past is to mark the 'stinger' with a laundry sharpie. One may also measure the amount the stinger is into the lower portion and record this. I just loosen the stinger and slide it inside of the fiberglass portion, lightly tighten up and thare ya go.

klc
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