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Author Topic: Swiss Dipole vs. CB Vertical  (Read 1005 times)
AG5T
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« on: January 20, 2013, 06:25:20 PM »

I'm trying to determine if a 20-through-10 meter Swiss Dipole would be worth keeping at about 25 feet up or replacing it with a solarcon CB vertical converted to 20-10 and mounted on a small section of tower.
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KD8TFG
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 07:32:08 PM »

If you look at the reviews for the swiss dipole here on eham you will see it is not rated very well! I have the Solarcon  A99 and I can tell you it works great on 10m mine is only 13ft in the air and have worked alot of europe and even new zeland  with it @ only 25w, with a tuner 12,15 and 20m should work good also
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 09:18:14 PM »

If you look at the reviews for the swiss dipole here on eham you will see it is not rated very well! I have the Solarcon  A99 and I can tell you it works great on 10m mine is only 13ft in the air and have worked alot of europe and even new zeland  with it @ only 25w, with a tuner 12,15 and 20m should work good also
   I agree.  For around $50 the A-99 does a very good job, and I have had similar results with one mounted at ground level.  The IMAX 2000 antenna is also a very good performer.
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KB6HRT
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 08:06:28 PM »

I have an A99 been using it for 4+ years with the tuner in my radio can work 10-20m, though down some on 20m for sure
 it will work in a pinch, there are 2 thing that helped in my installation, first install the A99  high, 36'+ have mine at 40' to the bottom and second I used 100' of RG213 coax, did a lot of testing of 10 & 11m vertical antennas in direct A/B testing found the A99 was the most broad banded, using 100' of RG213 gave the best SWR over 10-20 meter at the transmitter, and had the best signal to noise ratio at the radio, if you duplicate this setup you will be very happy with the results you get!............KB6HRT
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