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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Tennedyne TD-160 Help

Reviews Summary for Tennedyne TD-160
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $275.00
Description: Terminated dipole wire antenna, multiple band (1.8-30MHz) 160
Product is in production.
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AI5Z Rating: 5/5 Mar 2, 2013 15:24 Send this review to a friend
Excellent & quiet  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I pick this antenna up today at a local ham-fest for a price I could not refuse.

First, out of the box. securely shipped and sold in one box with the balun, matching resistor, support rods and wires already connected.
Also in the box is the center support.
In the parts bag: two stainless steel pipe clamps, two heavy duty zip ties and a stainless steel machine nut and bolt.

Second, construction. Needed tools, #3 Phillips head screw driver, flat tip screw driver, pliers and pocket knife.
Putting this antenna together was simple using the instructions supplied.

Third, Installation. Attach your favorite rope to center support and insulators as directed. Attach your coax. Hoist to desired height. Higher the better. I have mine in an inverted V configuration at this time.

Forth, Results and SWR's. Findings were as follows:
1.8 to 2.0 MHz 1.1:1
3.5 to 4.0 MHz 1.1:1
60 meters 1.1:1
7.0 to 7.3 MHz 1.4:1
10.1 to 10.15 MHz 1.1:1
14.0 to 14.35 MHz 1.1:1
18.07 to 18.16 MHz 1.5:1
21.0 to 21.45 MHz 1.3:1
24.9 to 24.99 MHz 1.1:1
28.1 MHz 1.8:1
29.7 MHz 1.3:1
50.1 MHz 1.4:1
53.9 MHz 1.2:1

Comparison to a G5RV full size antenna. The only noticeable difference I can see at this time is the G5RV is just one to two S units louder in receive over the TD-160. However, the TD-160 is quieter and reception is as good or better than the G5RV.

I gave the 5 rating on the following factors:
Quietness, ease of installation & construction.
I will continue to evaluate and post more here later.

73, AI5Z

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