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write your own review of the Vectronics 3 element Yagi for 6 meters, model VEC-.
Jul 17, 2001 03:02
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OK, so I didn't have the money for an M2 6M3.
I took a chance on the Vectronics (being half-
The antenna elements are 1/4 " hollow tubing.
The feedpoint utilizes nut and bolt to
spade lug connections. I'd prefer a simple
You must make your own balun. Pretty simple,
even the instructions tell you how...
Wrap your coaxial cable 5 times in a single
loop around the mast, before the feedpoint.
The instructions say it should take about
6 feet of cable.
Other than that, it's pretty straight forward.
I've made 50 new contacts in the first 24 hours.
Switching between my M2 6m Ho-Loop and the
Vectronics, I noted the following:
On a station who was in my noise floor
(with the loop), they became an easy S-5
on the yagi. An S-3 station easily became
an S-9+ on the yagi.
The beamwidth is rated at 70-80 degrees
by Vectronics, although I found it
considerably less, maybe 45-50 degrees.
Only time will tell how it stands up
to snow, ice and perched birds.
I sanded mine down and applied clear
coat enamel (2 coats) before installation.
This will prevent your swr from climbing
with rain and ice.
Overall, I'm pleased.
Yes, I'm well aware it's not an M2!
Performance is exceptional non-the-less.
The antenna can be mounted vertical
or horizontal by the way.
They sell the Vectronics antenna at Radio
Shack for $69. Quite funny, as I'm told
MFJ owns them. MFJ sells the same antenna
on their website for $79.
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