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Author Topic: Cushcraft 215WB  (Read 1099 times)
VE1CZ
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« on: July 20, 2012, 07:40:51 PM »

I have a cushcraft 215WB that it got used but in fairly good condx.I got the manual online and am noticing that the element lengths don't match whats in the manual(shorter).Does anyone know if Cushcraft made another one of these with shorter elements for higher in the band IE: 146 to 148.I thought it would make a good entry level antenna for 2 meter SSB and CW.
Tnx Bob VE1CZ
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K5KNE
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 01:49:53 PM »

I used to have one of those antennas. You can buy replacement elements for some of the Cushcraft antennas.  Give them a call and see if they can sell you some replacement elements if the present elements are too short.

I had a beam that I pruned around on it and just got new elements.

Walter  K5KNE
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VE1CZ
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 07:57:05 PM »

Walter did you use it at the low end on 2 SSB and CW and if so how did it work?
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N4NOO
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 09:22:58 AM »

I bought one of these new back in the late 80's.  It is a great antenna!  You will enjoy the results.  As always, higher is better.
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AD4U
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 03:52:36 PM »

I also had one that I modified for use in the VHF business band (155 MHz).  That is probably what happened to yours.

Dick  AD4U
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VE1CZ
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 05:32:30 PM »

Tnx guys for the input.The element lengths are not off by much so I think I will find a way to make them a bit longer for SSB and CW.Maybe even remove that 3 ele reflector and convert it into a 13B2,I think I remember seeing a mod for that somewhere.
Bob
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N4NOO
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 09:09:36 AM »

Before changing the design of the reflector, try it like it is.  It works very well just the way they made it.
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