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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Alpha Delta DX-EE Help

Reviews Summary for Alpha Delta DX-EE
Alpha Delta DX-EE Reviews: 79 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $100
Description: Multi-band dipole, 10-40 meters, shortened for 40 meters.
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K3BR Rating: 5/5 Aug 15, 2014 20:34 Send this review to a friend
QRZ?  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Since installing my DX-EE in March of 2014, I have worked over 500 contacts and DXCC (117 entities), including A45, JY, 3D2, VK, ZL, JA, 9L, 6V, FK8, many EU, TA, 4X, most of NA, etc. That says a lot about the antenna. Oh, did I mention that it is installed in my attic and I run QRP with an Argonaut 509, CW only? You will need a tuner for 40M.
'Nuff said.
W2DI Rating: 5/5 Jun 11, 2014 17:15 Send this review to a friend
2 yrs and still like new  Time owned: more than 12 months
2 year+ update

The DX-EE is a well made antenna that just works. I have it flattop at about 25ft and it does well on all bands covered.

I have no trouble getting good reports on 40 where it is shortened, but the end loading is more efficient than other methods.

I lowered it yesterday and everything is in excellent condition. Nothing loose, corroded or otherwise distressed. I decided to try a mod. I never used 15 much, but always liked 17. So I did some calculations and added 23" of wire to each side of the 15 meter dipole.

All the resonate points remained virtually the same except for 10 meters (it went higher, but was low to begin with).

Now the antenna works very well on 17, 1:1 across the band. I heard and contacted 2 different stations in Kuwait City, yesterday and today, both giving me a 5/8 after just a few calls in the pile-up.

So now I have a DX-EE that is resonate on 40, 20, 17 and 10; the latter 3 needing no tuner at all. 40 needs some flattening near the upper end.

I've considered trying other antennas but don't want to 'mess with success!'

Thanks, Joe -- W2DI
KB3VNK Rating: 4/5 Apr 21, 2014 10:51 Send this review to a friend
swr's  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
update i guess it was a factory error after taking
measurements of each leg. it came out short by 1.5 feet. made up the differance. all bands tune up with ease.

i had purchase the alpha delta dx-ee for my attic to run 40 meters it about 30 feet off the ground. after assembling to antenna check the swr's it pinned the meter in the red. coax is good. checked size's on all radials that's fine i have to use a tuner on 40 meters and 20 meters signal's are fair. i can't tune in 15 or 10 meters. i guess the only thing to do is call alpha delta during business hours
WD5IKY Rating: 5/5 Apr 13, 2014 11:39 Send this review to a friend
Works Great!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I was given this antenna a couple of years ago when we were still living in Mexico but never had it up. I was hooked on my tri-band beam and never thought I'd go back to a wire again. When we moved back to Texas and into the new QTH I wanted to get on the air ASAP but knew the beam would have to wait. So, after many months of fussing and fuming about having to run a wire antenna, I put up the DX-EE. Running it horizontal strung in the trees at 30 feet in the back yard. Had bad run of coax right from the start so a couple more months delay to get that straightened out and then finally this past November I put it back up with new coax. WOW! Am I pleased! Totally flat on 20 and with my little Kenwood auto-tuner it covers all of 15, and 10 that I want to use and with just a little adjustment it came nicely into the phone band on 40. Getting great signal reports from all across the continental U.S. and bagged a bunch of countries during the big DX contest a couple months ago with 100 watts. I still miss my beam but this antenna is no longer a temporary solution it is and will continue to be my main antenna.
KG6UHZ Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2014 16:59 Send this review to a friend
Great antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned the DX-EE for nearly ten years, most of that time wrapped around a large bucket and stored. On a whim, I've hung it from the 25 foot point of a 35 foot mast where my 2-meter antenna is located. Minutes ago, I answered a CQ from the Big Island of Hawaii here in the Sacramento Valley and was surprised to get a 599 on 15 meters with just 100 watts. Darned good antenna!
EA7JQA Rating: 5/5 Jan 8, 2014 12:26 Send this review to a friend
Espectacular Dipole  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Puse este dipolo en septiembre de 2013 sin ninguna pretensión y sabiendo que con un dipolo estaría limitado.

Lo he puesto en posición horizontal a unos 15 metros del suelo, lo utilizo con un Icom 718, sólo 100 watios de potencia, y tras casi seis mese con el, solo, puedo decir que ha superado mis expectativas con creces, impresionado con el rendimiento de esta antena.

Perfecto de roe en 10 y 15, un poquito largo en 20 pero resuena bien, estrecho en 40 normal para su longitud, pero doblando o alargando las puntas lo pones más o menos en la frecuencia que quieres.

Podéis entrar en mi QRZ y ver el mapa de contactos, más de 800 QSOs a día de hoy, donde destaco muchas estaciones de Oceanía, Japón y Corea del Sur, Polinesia Francesa, Hong Kong... Costa Oeste de USA, el Caribe, Oriente Medio y muchas estaciones de África, Alasca ..... Como no Europa y la costa Este americana como si fuera local.
Sólo puedo decir que me ha impresionado el rendimiento de este dipolo, sin palabras.
N0YXE Rating: 5/5 Sep 14, 2013 18:06 Send this review to a friend
BEST ATTIC ANTENNA ON THE MARKET  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
THREE THUMBS UP: After waiting for my new DX-EE for several weeks, I finally called the Alpha Delta folks. They informed me that they usually ship fifty antennas, but the demand now requires 150 units in their shipments. But no need for the Delta Blues, it was on it's way. Evidently, someone found out how wonderful they were for use in the attic.

This is my FOURTH attempt at an attic antenna:
#1: Alpha Delta DX-EE. Good but not expertly tuned.
#2: End-fed wire wire, with counterpoise attached to balum. Worked like crap.
#3: Radiowavz 40' dipole. Worked like crap.
#4: Another Alpha Delta DX-EE, expertly tuned and tested by DAN HARLOW, owner of ASSOCIATED RADIO (913-381-5900), my radio shop. Dan adjusted the wires and added just a bit of length to 40 and 10 meters. Considering the horrible condition of my second level attic, install was a work of art. Dan can not only order the Alpha Delta, but will answer and help solve the great mystery associated with state-of-the-art tuning. DAN, BILL, WONDA, and SOLOMON are always available to help.

Considering how low the antenna is (maybe 20') from ground and how much metal there is around it, it's a miracle that it works like a gem. My transceiver (IC 756 Pro III) was so excited to have this powerful antenna connected to it, it TURNED ITSELF ON while all power was switched off! Stations were very loud and clear everywhere and this was about 7:30 PM. Go figure!


7.175 1.3
7.180 1.2
7.200 1.5
7.250 2.0
7.244 3.5
7.250 and up 3.5

14.225 1.6
14.300 1.8
14.350 2.0

17 meters: not happy

21.275 2.9
21.300 1.8
21.350 1.6
21.375 1.5
21.425 1.3
21.450 1.2

12 meters: 6.7

28.300 1.3
28.350 1.4
28.385 1.5
28.450 1.8
28.470 1.9
28.493 2.0
28.500 2.1

If you would like to read more about my struggle with my Homes Association Bund and their prosecution of amateur radio operators and the suppression of the US Constitution, feel free to read my antenna section in QRZ.COM: N0YXE

KF5UVN Rating: 3/5 Aug 10, 2013 21:40 Send this review to a friend
Works alright  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the DX EE thinking it'd be rather easy to setup, because this is and still is my first antenna from my home QTH. I don't really understand how antennas work fully, but I get the gist of it. I put the antenna up as high as I could for my location given my horrible HOA, which was about 15 feet on a metal pole. I added the balun made out of 8 coils so that the RF wouldn't get back into the shack, and the fun of coax from my transmitter to the antenna is about 75 feet. Upon first transmission, my SWR on 40 meters was a horrendous 6, and still is. I can't get it higher, but I presume that that would help tremendously, but alas, it can't be done. 40 is the only band I can really transmit on too, due to my Heathkit HW16 only working on that band, so I'm stuck dead in the water. I think I'll get the hustler vertical for 40-10 instead once my birthday comes around, but until then, I've been using the DX EE for QRP on 20 meters using my mfj 9020. And that's why I give this a 3 rating, because, it does work great on 20 meters, but it's not amazing, I still get low rst on CW, but, I'm making contacts so no complaining. The antenna is good on receive, but on 40 it was just saddening. I believe once I can get ahold of an antenna analyzer, I may add of decrease the length to get better results on 40, but until then, my experience was meh with this antenna.

Also, very hard to move around due to the lack of pliability in the wires, very annoying to set up. VERY ANNOYING, especially in the Texas summer heat!
KJ4HTO Rating: 5/5 Feb 25, 2013 09:41 Send this review to a friend
Works fine in my attic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hello everyone. I installed this antenna in the attic of my apartment building. I figure its up about 25'. The apartments are concrete walls and floors with a composite shingle roof. I have a TS530S and an old MFJ 949D tuner, I can tune it for anything but 160. it actually works ok on 80 I made 3 contacts on 80 the first time I used it there. I had been using an old 20m ham stick without too much luck I could hear stuff but couldn't contact anyone. After I installed this antenna I made 11 contacts on 20m in the first hour. Even got my first DX in BC Canada, I'm in Tampa Florida area. Thus far I have made contacts on 15, 17, 20, 40, 80. I'm satisfied with it.
NW6V Rating: 5/5 Jul 9, 2012 15:09 Send this review to a friend
Works great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Four weeks ago I put up an Alpha-Delta DX-EE in an Inverted-V configuration, with the apex at 33 feet above ground (although just 20 feet over a roof. With gutters).

My QTH is poorly situated: hills nearby in every direction, a multitude of obstructions higher than the antenna, and very limited space.

My rig is a 30+ year-old Icom IC740 putting out 75 watts, max.

With this combination I've managed to work 68 countries and 46 states in just 4 weeks (after being QRT for 25 years).

I find this quite excellent; the parallel dipoles (Vs actually) work as well as one could hope. No magic science claimed - none needed. We sometimes forget just how good a plain ol' dipole (er, V) can be.

Ran into one problem: when I was ready to raise the antenna into position, to my dismay I discovered that the SO-239 had solder in the female center-conductor receptacle, preventing the feedline from being attached. Great... With no way to get de-soldering equipment up on the roof, I had to drag the center section of the already-assembled-ready-to-raise antenna in through a second story window to work on it, causing the solid-core antenna wires to become rather spindled, folded, and mutilated in the process. Sorting all this out and getting the antenna ready to raise again took much longer than the original assembly! To make the long story short, while I was far from pleased that the connector suffered from this build-quality issue (which Alpha Delta assures me had never been reported before) I can write that off to "S_ _ _ happens." But I felt like a total idiot for not checking the connector BEFORE doing all the prep work. In truth, the rest of the build seemed so perfect - and the reviews about quality here so glowing, I didn't think I needed to check... wrong.

Regardless, I still rate the antenna a "5". I'm very happy with the product: it got me one the air from a marginal and space-restricted QTH with a technically solid product that has provided excellent results.

BTW, of course I could have built it myself, but even considering that faulty solder job, it would have taken me far longer to home-brew the complete parallel configuration, and I would be hard-pressed to attain the same build-quality; it really is nice heavy-duty stuff.

But gosh, I do wish I had space for the 80-10M version :-)

73s, Chris NW6V
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