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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | MapleLeaf Communications - Shorty4020 dipole Help

Reviews Summary for MapleLeaf Communications - Shorty4020 dipole
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $60
Description: 2 band linear loaded dipole.
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A22EW Rating: 4/5 Jul 8, 2014 07:30 Send this review to a friend
Well built and works   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this antenna from Bob who owns Maple Leaf Communications up in Ontario. The intent was to have a multi-band dipole which did not take up much space and did not use traps.

Bob produces a 40/20 dual bander which makes use of linear loading for 40m; plus capacitance that gives 20m capabilities. There are two version - as a kit or pre-built. I opted for the kit as i wanted to add additional bands which all good.

The kit comes with darcon ropes, ceramic egg insulators, heavy duty insulated copper wire which you have to cut into half, ladder line which too needs to be cut, 13m of RG-8 coax. All that is left is to measure, cut, weave the wire through the ladder line and solder the connections.

First impressions were the materials used were very good and instructions straight forward. It took me around 1.5 hours to complete the antenna and tuning it was straightforward on 40m.

Bandwidth is around 100kc on 40m and around 250kc on 20m. My next task is to add 10m, 12m, 15m to this antenna. The length end to end is around 13m which you can easily make into an inverted V or regular dipole.

The antenna is sitting around 9m above ground and i have been able to make good contacts with this.

I do recommend this antenna if you are short of space and want to put something that works. Bob was gracious in answer any questions i had prior to putting it together.

He has several other antennas also available. I am sure they would also be as good as this one.

Look up Mapleleaf Communication (NOT Maple Leaf Studies at E-Bay).

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