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Author Topic: ATAS120 0n 60 Meters  (Read 9155 times)
VE3ELL
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« on: September 21, 2014, 10:18:45 AM »

Hi all , has anyone used the ATAS120 antenna on the 60 Meter band ? Does it work ? I assume you need to manually tune for best SWR. Thanks Russ VE3ELL
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 05:31:08 AM »

As far down as it will go is 40 meters, and it doesn't do very well on that band.
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M6GOM
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 06:17:35 AM »

You could do it if you put a longer whip on as the stock one is too short but it would be quite hard finding one that would fit due to the very small diameter the stock one is. A longer whip would put a lot of stress on what is already quite a weak screwdriver antenna and as Alan says, performance is poor. I have a Little Tarheel II with a 6ft whip on and that is quite limited on 40m. I've never made a contact below 7MHz whilst mobile because like the ATAS120, the efficiency is so low that you put 100W in hoping to get an ERP of about a watt. If you make a contact it is proof QRP works. Grin

So in short it is possible to make it do it but it isn't worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 06:10:50 AM »

Sure, you can even run an ATAS on 80M!  Grin Huh Tongue



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WA8FOZ
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 09:07:38 PM »

Wouldn't it be easier to just get a "full-size" screwdriver? And cheaper? And more efficient?

Hey, whatever floats your boat.
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N1GMV
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2014, 08:08:36 AM »

although I have not tried it I have been told that if you want to get on the lower bands while stationary you can just by clipping on a long wire to the whip and supporting the other end somehow.
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