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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Solarcon A-99 Help

Reviews Summary for Solarcon A-99
Solarcon A-99 Reviews: 203 Average rating: 3.6/5 MSRP: $57.99
Description: 10-20M Vertical Antenna
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W5LZ Rating: 3/5 Nov 16, 2013 06:45 Send this review to a friend
Good if used as designed  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had several of these at various times and they do work. Keep in mind that as it's designed any use on bands other than 10 - 11 meters is a compromise so don't expect miracles. If all you go by is SWR then a good tuner will 'skootch' this thing to a lot of bands. SWR alone does NOT mean any antenna is 'good' though.
If it suits your needs then it's common enough to be 'cheap'.
- Paul
KB5ZSM Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2013 22:23 Send this review to a friend
Great for the money  Time owned: more than 12 months
Pleased!!! Have mine up on a 30ft pole here in windy New Mexico for more then ten years and never a problem. My Kenwood 940 and MFJ tuner along with the A-99 (no radials) have talked all over the world with great signal reports. Would I buy another one? Heck yeah! Already put one up at my other home and it works just as well. No TVI problems at all, even at 100 Watts. Great starter antenna and for the seasoned operator also.
KG7AV Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2013 19:01 Send this review to a friend
Good Value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Picked up an A-99 with the GP kit to replace a 10m dipole and to fill the 12-15 gap, since my 75m skywire will only load up well through 17. Unit arrived, installed during lunch break w/o GP kit, on roof peak end about 20' AGL. Same evening, MUF Boulder at 20.37, immediately ran up a half dozen JT65 contacts in Hawaii and Japan from OR QTH. So far so good. SWR out of the box 10-12-15 very good at default ring setting. When I have some time, will install the GP kit and see what that does. Bottom line, for around $100, it performs well and satisfies my expectations.
EI4KE Rating: 1/5 Sep 16, 2013 10:34 Send this review to a friend
tvi  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
tvi tvi tvi
So I put up a Sirio Gainmaster and no tvi.
Sold the Solarcon to another ham and guess what? tvi tvi tvi,,,,,
I am licensed 30 years and my dipole, windom and portable h/b vertical cause no TVI,,,,,
KD8TFG Rating: 5/5 Aug 23, 2013 17:47 Send this review to a friend
Great Product  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This was my first antenna as a Tech and worked New Zeland with 25w from a HTX-10, since upgrading to General it has worked great on 12,15, 17 with no tuner and a Icom 730

Tonight added a mfj-949 tuner and got the antenna to tune 20m to 1.1 and made a contact in Italy with a 59 am very impressed with this antenna and it is only 15ft off the ground
AF5FJ Rating: 5/5 Jul 23, 2013 21:12 Send this review to a friend
Works for DX...what's not to like?  Time owned: more than 12 months
Originally purchased mine in 1997 for use with CB base station (original Antron A-99, no ground-plane kit). Put in storage in 2001 and not touched until revived in 2013 and trimmed for 10m.

Set on a temporary mount approx. 7 feet off the ground (still with no radials) and fed by a 25W Radio Shack HTX-10 mobile, I have had QSOs with Brazil (multiple), Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Is., and Puerto Rico. Even with half the antenna masked to the west by my house, I have received Australia with strong 55 signal and had a solid QSO with California. [My QTH is Texas.]

I don't have any other antennas to compare it to, but I am extremely happy with the results I'm achieving. I can't wait to get it up on a mast with a counterpoise! Who knows what it will do then!
AC5RM Rating: 5/5 Jun 22, 2013 09:53 Send this review to a friend
Good, cheap antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned this antenna since the late 90's, when I purchased it for 11 meter use. After it being used for years,I got out of cb and the A99 was thrown up in the attic of the shop.
After getting my ham license, I remembered the old antenna and decided I would see how it performed on ten meters. I bolted it on a 15 foot section of pipe and was suprised by how much better it performed than my G5RV...when I tried it, I was also surprised to find that with the assistance of the internal tuner on my Icom 746,it worked great on 10,12,15, and 17 meters.
I've worked stations all over the world with it. I'm sure there are better antennas,but for the money and longevity, it can't be beat!
KC2GYN Rating: 2/5 May 10, 2013 19:16 Send this review to a friend
Follow up on my April 2012 post  Time owned: more than 12 months
Anyway, very low wind area in Hudson County NJ. The antenna finally snapped in half and came down. The fiberglass was all splintered like it was in a hurricane or severe storm.

I have a new one up now. If something happens to this one, I'll post a follow up.
K7PGP Rating: 4/5 Apr 16, 2013 01:13 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned one of these Solarcon A-99 antennas years ago when I was living in Las Vegas. I was able to make a contact to South America back in 1999 when I was on cb running 50 watts on the back bumper of my motorhome on a 10 foot mast. I just bought another just a week ago to get on the air on 10 meters. Looking foward to make some contacts from my home in Long Island, N.Y.
K2TTM Rating: 5/5 Nov 26, 2012 06:11 Send this review to a friend
Update to last month  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just used my A-99 over the weekend for the CQ WW CW contest and this antenna ROCKED!! I used it almost exclusively on 10 & 15 meters. I worked 57 countries on 15 meters and 41 countries on 10 meters in one weekend. Not too shabby for a $100 antenna. It's only mounted about 20 feet high and recently survived Hurricane Sandy.

I have used this antenna on 10,15,17 and even 20 meters (although I wouldn't recommend it for 20 meters unless you have no other choice). The internal tuner on my TS-590S has no trouble with it.

I couldn't be happier with this antenna and if it ever gives up the ghost, for around $135 with the radial kit, I won't hesitate to buy another one.

This antenna is nicely made but comes in white. Since I don't like to advertise to the neighbors that I'm a ham, I spray painted the antenna a flat brown color and now it's almost invisible out it the yard at the top of a dark green fiberglass pole.
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