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DX Commander antannas Reviews: 5 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $45
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G8AJM Rating: 5/5 Mar 15, 2018 00:19 Send this review to a friend
An excellent go-anywhere antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
My main interest is chasing DX on the HF bands but my very small garden in the middle of town means I have a high noise level and no chance to erect a tower or beam and I have to rely on a single wire OCFD dipole to do what it can on all bands. Consequently, whenever there is a DXpedition active for a DXCC entity I need I find a location where I can erect a ďrealĒ antenna, has a low noise floor and has a good take-off. Iíve tried different configurations and have now settled on a 5-band Spiderbeam atop a 12m SCAM mast and a DX Commander. The main benefit of this combination is that I can cover all bands from 40m to 10m. The mast is mounted on a trailer and gives superb results but takes a few hours to erect with the beam. If I am using my small caravan as the shack rather than operating from the car it also means I have to make two trips to the site. Thatís OK when I intend to stay for a couple of weeks but if I only have a few days to get the job done it can seem like too much effort, so for short trips I just take the DX Commander giving me capability on 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m and 15m and it can be assembled and erected in no time.

As I write this, the DXpedition to Rotuma 3D2EA is still active and I have just returned from spending a few days with just the DX Commander at a nice quiet location where I hoped to bag them. I first heard them on 30m and within half an hour I was in their log. Just over half an hour later I had them again on 20m and then had them once more the next morning on 40m. Mission accomplished, but I was aware of other active DXpeditions which although not ATNOs for me would certainly be fun to catch. During my short stay I worked Hawaii 20m SSB, Spratly Islands 40m CW, Easter Island 40m and 30m CW along with many others including VK, ZL.

Whilst I was delighted with the results of the trip I was not surprised. I have had my DX Commander for nearly two years and it has consistently given excellent performance on those five bands. It stays in the car always as it takes up almost no room at all and another major benefit is that while I try to find quiet, open spaces from which to operate, the DX Commanderís footprint is so small it can be used in a normal campsite staying within the bounds of a single pitch. For me itís a keeper!
MW0BRO Rating: 5/5 Oct 20, 2017 04:55 Send this review to a friend
Versatile & Great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've had this antenna for a few months now.

I bought it after watching Callum's extensive videos and speaking with him personally.

I found him to be a very personable character, very generous with his time and also very knowledgeable about his creation.

Sorry to use a cliche but, "it does what it says on the tin".

As Callum explains in his videos, you'll need a little bit of time for faffing around with it, burying the radials and cutting the elements to length etc.

Once this has been done, you're good to go.

An antenna analyser is a distinct advantage (I didn't have one) to save a lot of jogging back and fore to the shack. But it can be achieved without one, it's just a bit frustrating.

I've ended up with a 4 element versions, 40m, 30m, 20m & 17m quarter waves. The 40m element of course works as a 5/8 wave on 15m.

I did try it with 10m and 12m elements also but I failed to get those to resonate.

However, with my onboard tuner on my old Icom 746 it selects one of the wires to work quite effectively on 12m, 10m & 6m.

I have used a SOTABeams guying ring over the third from top pole section to guy the pole at a top level also. This guying ring is effectively an inch square piece of plastic with 4 holes drilled in it, very lightweight.

However, using this antenna as a permanent fixture will require some monitoring of the weather forecast here in the UK as in high winds there is going to be some pole damage over time.

But Callum's simple design means that this antenna is very simple to lay down prior to a storm arriving; You simply unhook the 3 carabiners from the lower spreader, disconnect the red wire from SO239 to element plate and lay the pole down.

I have quite long paracord guy ropes for the top guying system which allows me to just slacken off so they don't even have to be disconnected.

Notwithstanding these limitations during high winds, the only negative I've had to deal with is to give the elements a bit of a shake when they've become snagged on the jubilee clips on occasion of twisted together during a bit of wind but this is only very occasional and not a hinderance to operating at all.

I'd previously had only a balanced fed doublet to use on all bands 80-6 and this antenna has been MUCH better. I regularly work into ZL on 40m and getting through to DX is a hell of a lot easier. Even allowing for the fact that it's a vertical with the associated noise level, I can hear stations on the DX Commander that I cannot hear at all when I switch back to the doublet.

All in all, this is a great antenna, for a great price. The quality of the engineered parts is excellent. The time and knowledge put into this project by Callum is exceptional.

I've enjoyed every element of learning about, purchasing, erecting and using this antenna. It's a fantastic concept, quite simple in it's design and best of all, it gets results.

I'm looking at buying another for /P use although it wouldn't take long to just disconnect the radials from the radial plate, slacken off the jubilee clips and just retract the antenna intact ready for re-erection in the field with a second set of radials.

2E0EZG Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2017 01:25 Send this review to a friend
Brilliant & Versatile  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought 1 having watch all the videos. Being new and enthusiastic to Amateur radio I was inspired by some of the ideas shown on the site and plan to use during various camping trips this year.

I put it up a few times to experience what it was like and instantly saw the quality and thought that had been put into it. So much so I went and bought another.

The first is now in my garden, temporarily acting as a mid span support for my 80m doublet. The second I use weekly on a baseplate I had made which gives a solid support so I can use it /p. I use it with either a homebrew slimjim, a 2Mtr Halo or even a Diamond 5ele beam about 7 mtr up.

This product fills you with confidence that although it may wave around in the wind it feels robust and quality.
G3VDS Rating: 5/5 Feb 12, 2017 10:13 Send this review to a friend
Good quality product  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought the 10m telescoping fibreglass pole from Callum in autumn 2015. Despite my rough treatment of it it has refused to break and handling 30 feet of whippy tubing can be tricky. Follow the instructions on his website. They are the voice of experience!
I'm now assembling all the bits to erect the multi band vertical. Not done it yet but it's all reassuringly well made and going to work out to be a very reasonably priced antenna. There is plenty of scope for experimentation with this design.
2E0SDV Rating: 5/5 Feb 10, 2017 14:45 Send this review to a friend
Amazing  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought one of these on a deal a few years ago at a rally and come rain or shine, the thing is still standing. No matter what I have done, It hasn't broke. Up to 70 mph winds at the top of the hill where i live, and no signs of damage. I am very impressed. I even went and bought another one from Callum last year with his "all-band" assemblies and have made all sorts of brilliant antennas. Great fun making them from scratch and working the DX.
Amazingly Callum replies to queries very quickly and he always has something new up his sleeve to try. A genuine keen professional hobbyist.
and I'm pleased to see that he has branched out to selling them world wide using Ebay's world-wide shipping program. I'm sure people are going to love them!
Thoroughly recommended and a very satisfied customer.. Top Notch

Jamie 2E0SDV

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