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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Hy Power Antenna Company - Dipoles Help

Reviews Summary for Hy Power Antenna Company - Dipoles
Reviews: 48 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $19.95 - 112.75
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K0WFS Rating: 5/5 Oct 16, 2012 16:37 Send this review to a friend
OCF-40 Windom  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was really impressed with the construction when I received the OCF-40 antenna - very well made. I had to string it between 2 poles and used some 750 lb breaking strength rope from DX Engineering to help support the balun by taking some of the tension off of the radials - this seemed to work-out very well with the ceramic insulators used on this antenna. Additionally, I used some surplus springs on each end, i.e. insulator, rope, spring, rope. to allow for movement. I am working 1300 - 1500 mile contacts easily on 20m/40m, receiving 599 reports usually with just 100W. The OCF is quieter than my End-Fed Zepp, which itself is a quiet antenna. I cannot wait until 10m opens up next time.
NN2X Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2012 17:10 Send this review to a friend
Perfect  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

Very well made, high quality..The performance is outstanding..The model I purchased is DL17DX

Even the insulators are pre place and caluclated were to be in the wire..

VSWR 1:1 / Handles 1500 watts...easily..I worked DX with ease..

In summary Cost effective, high quality, easy to install, and very high performance.
NN1F Rating: 5/5 Apr 29, 2012 19:25 Send this review to a friend
12Ft 20 mtr antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Received this antenna a few months ago. Tuned the antenna and then had no time to really test the antenna. This weekend was the Florida QSO party. I put the antenna up on a paint pole on one end and attached the other to a clip on the wall in my den. Plugged the antenna into the FT-817 and turned it on. Was I suprised when I heard all the stations booming in on 20 meters. My SWR meter on the 817 says the SWR is bars. I started hunting around for FLQP stations. In a half hour I had 5 stations in the log for the contest. This is with the antenna up about 8 feet above the floor on the second floor of the house...indoors!
I can't wait to get this antenna outside in the park to really try it out. I will be ordering one of these antennas for 15 meters and possibly for 40 meters. This will be a great antenna for the trail when we hike the white mountains this summer. I could even string this antenna up in one of the huts and out of the weather if needed.
My complements to Barry for building a great antenna for travel and hiking. GREAT antenna.
Bedford, NH
W7OXB Rating: 5/5 Dec 16, 2011 09:30 Send this review to a friend
3 years and 139 entities later  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have two of these antennas. A 20/40 combo and one for 75 meters. Because I live in a neighborhood covered by covenants and limited access to trees these are only up about 20 feet. They work great, now up to 139 entities and only on the radio occassionally. These are quality built antennas and the price can't be beat.
K1NLY Rating: 5/5 Nov 22, 2011 16:06 Send this review to a friend
160/OCF works great!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
What a really nice OCF antenna at about half the price of the other guys. SWR looks good on most bands w/o a tuner. Had a question and they emailed me right away. Not sure if I could have made one for what it cost me.
73, Harry K1NLY
N8TA Rating: 5/5 Nov 10, 2011 21:03 Send this review to a friend
A higher rating is deserved  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I wrote a review of the 40/20 fan dipole in late August and was grousing that the antenna was cut too long which made extra work on raising and lowering the antenna to get to resonance. Had I a better location (and been 20 years younger) I would have had an easier time in trimming, there would have been no grousing.

Ok- I am past the fatigue now and must say that I am impressed with the quality of the materials. I have worked a bunch of DX with this system in the last couple of months. It has a maximum height of 33 feet in an inverted vee configuration.

To be fair, it deserves a 5 rating for quality and performance.
K0MCM Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2011 21:51 Send this review to a friend
Best Antenna for the $$$  Time owned: more than 12 months
Purchased an OCF-80 to be installed at the National Weather Service Office. Antenna was easy to install and the performance is top notch. Has withstood winter and winds with no problems. Highly recommend this antenna.

Another federal agency in town purchased this antenna on my recommendation. I look forward to helping them install it.

High quality components. Awesome customer service. Great Prices.
W9KDX Rating: 5/5 Oct 30, 2011 16:56 Send this review to a friend
Very good OCF40.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First off, my location is doomed to failure. I am barely 18 feet off the ground and I am way too close to my 2 story metal sided home. Nonetheless, this 40 meter OCF antenna was just about the only thing that would fit in my yard so up it went. It is good solid 12 gauge wire and the balun box and end insulators are top notch. With no trimming, it had a decent SWR on all its bands. It is rated at 5KW and limited to 6,10,20, and 40 meters.

After three months I have had amazing results with 20 and 10 meters and connected most of the US on 40. This weekend I talked to Japan, the Cook Islands, on through S. America, Cuba, continuing through most of Europe and with a stop in N. Africa I finished up in Moscow, reaching over 35 different countries.

Obviously, a directional antenna at a decent height would beat the pants off this, however, if you are limited and this looks like a fit, you should not be disappointing, especially if mount it at a decent height where it belongs.

As important as the antenna is to the system, I was amazed by what this thing has allowed me to do. I know propagation is the magic that make things work, but this antenna is not holding me back at all.
N8TA Rating: 3/5 Aug 28, 2011 16:56 Send this review to a friend
Cut wrong  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased a 40/20 fan dipole configuration. The quality of the wire and the balun appears to be satisfactory. No complaints there.

My rating is due to the fact that while the manufacturer states that the antenna is cut for the bottom of the band, this is just not true.

My 40 meter dipole was 24 inches too long while the 20 meter was over 12 inches too long. My antenna analyzer showed the resonance point for each was significantly below the bottom edge of the band.

It is interesting that the manufacturer states that for inverted vee antennas the formula to use is 480/freq. He insists that inverted vee antennas require a longer length that the standard dipole formula.

Yet the ARRL Antenna Handbook and two other web based antenna calculators allow you to factor a percentage to SHORTEN the standard formula. Oddly enough, only the eham calculator suggests adding to the standard formula length.

In my case I had a very difficult job to lower the antenna (very difficult home location) and begin shortening the antenna.

If you decide on a hy power antenna be sure to run your own calculations. And don't forget to add the length of wire from the balun eye to the balun connection if you use a balun.

I have built antennas for over 50 years and have always prided myself on achieving resonance in the part of the band I wanted to work. Given the difficulty I had in raising and lowering the antenna I will just make the next one myself, which gets me to asking why did I purchase this in the first place? If the antenna was truly cut for the bottom of the band then my job would have been a lot simpler.
VE3CGU Rating: 5/5 Jul 19, 2011 07:03 Send this review to a friend
Recommended  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I own a LD4030Q 40M loaded dipole @ 30ft long. I also purchased the BL-HF-250 1:1 250W current balun which was installed at no extra charge. Barry was very helpful & answered my email questions about shipping to Canada promptly. The tuning/trimming instructions were accurate. I am impressed by the sturdy strain relief construction & stainless steel hardware. I knew that the resonance would be sharp & narrow, considering that this dipole is less than half the normal length, but at least I can work 40 in my favourite 150 kHZ of the band fairly efficiently. I have used loaded dipoles since 1975 & can say that I'd buy another of these any time. Thus far I have made a dozen contacts using 100W PEP - coast to coast in USA and 2 to Europe. Considering that the band conditions are less than optimal this summer & that I can only get the dipole's (inverted V configuration) centre up 25 feet I am quite content with results. Hy Power provides quality products at good value.
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