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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | Arrow Antenna GP52 6 meter 1/4 wave GP Help

Reviews Summary for Arrow Antenna GP52 6 meter 1/4 wave GP
Arrow Antenna GP52 6 meter 1/4 wave GP Reviews: 25 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $35
Description: 6 meter 1/4 ground plane antenna. Antenna pictured is from the 2m version, but it appears the same.
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K0UC Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2009 22:25 Send this review to a friend
great, as usual  Time owned: more than 12 months
Simple and rugged and it works great. It's not even worth putting together the parts to build your own when you can get this thing for about the same price and have all the machining done. Not to mention customer service is top-notch. You can generally get a response in hours. I've been very happy with all my Arrow antennas and have recommended them to a number of people who have bought them as well.
KG4RUL Rating: 5/5 Jul 8, 2009 11:12 Send this review to a friend
GREAT!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I replaced the hex head screws with wing nuts so I can easily assemble/disassemble the radials from this antenna. It is now part of my Go-Kit.
KB4FJ Rating: 5/5 Jul 8, 2009 08:58 Send this review to a friend
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great antenna,eazy assembly,built like a tank.No SWR problems with the GP52.
N8TCZ Rating: 5/5 Jun 16, 2009 13:54 Send this review to a friend
A quality antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I wanted something inexpensive and I made the right choice. The antenna was shipped in a rigid cardboard tube inside another cardboard box that even UPS would have a hard time destroying. All the parts were there and it assembled in about 10 minutes. The SWR checked out 1:1 at 50.125. The components are top notch.
Contacts are surprised at the signal even at over 1500 miles on 6M with my FT-450 and 100W.
40 over 9 is not unusual.
N2GYI Rating: 5/5 Dec 24, 2007 06:45 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was in the process of sourcing parts to build my own quarter wave ground-plane for six, when I stumbled upon this antenna company. I was impressed with the relatively low price, and realized I'd be hard pressed to build a quality antenna for much less money. I found the build quality and integrity to exceed my expectations for such an inexpensive antenna, made right here in the USA. We experienced wind gusts to 64 mph on the first night it was in the air; no problems. I will strongly consider Arrow's antenna products in the future.
W5RM Rating: 5/5 Sep 14, 2007 19:53 Send this review to a friend
Exceptional Antenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Used this very well made antenna GP52 and adapted the ground plane to an NMO (used an NMO to N adapter) tri-band antenna for 6/2/440. It works wonderful. With some minor modifications and a 5/8 hole this ground plane accommodated the NMO mount to use CR627BNMO Diamond mobile antenna for fixed use, it works well. Highly recommend the GP52 tnx Jim W5RM
W6LBV Rating: 5/5 Aug 30, 2007 07:17 Send this review to a friend
Straight Arrow Stuff  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you need some basic omnidirectional VHF/low UHF antennas, you have three different choices depending upon your needs and the funds available. If low cost is paramount, find an SO-239 jack and some solid wire, and construct a little ground plane antenna (design and dimensions are in the handbooks). It will work well enough, but won't last very long in the weather. If the utmost in performance and survivability is critical and you want something that is qualified to go to sea aboard the USS Stennis, gather up your ground plane antenna design and dimensions and head for an aerospace machine shop. They can fix you up with a custom machined antenna out of stainless steel or perhaps titanium.

But if you want a low cost, "no fuss" performer that you can install once and use for years, then simplify your plans and just order an Arrow Antenna ground plane. There's no point in trying to build one yourself: if you have to buy new aluminum stock and other parts it will probably cost more than the complete Arrow antenna, and you certainly can't do the machining as well as Arrow can!

I now have both the GP-52 (6 meters), and the GP-146/440 (2 meter/70 cm combo) assembled, installed, and operating. Both were packed for shipping so well that they were impervious to the rampages of the Unified Parsnips System gorillas. The aluminum stock (3/8" solid radiators and 1/4" solid radials!), the stainless steel mounting hardware, and the machining are all first rate. It's obvious that these antennas will stand up to winter storms and high winds without fatiguing and snapping. But installing them on the USS Stennis? That would be an interesting experiment!

Assembly for each takes five minutes with simple hand tools, although the six meter antenna does require trimming of the driven element to length. Everything assembles easily on the first try. Cutting that 3/8" solid aluminum radiator is a great demonstration of how tough this antenna stock really is!

The major complaint, and it has been mentioned here before, is the desire for the antennas to accommodate up to 2" masts, rather than the current 1.5" maximum-sized mast. Some of the more rugged installation locations, including mountaintops, benefit from using 2" masts. A minor “nice to have” would be the optional availability of a Type N coax jack.

Given their incredible Quality/Price ratio, these ground planes should be "standard issue" for every VHF/UHF fixed station.
WB5UDI Rating: 5/5 Jul 26, 2007 04:40 Send this review to a friend
Excellent quality of product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have never been on 6 meters after being a ham for over 35 years. So I looked for a 6 meter rig on Ebay and found an FT-680R (all mode on 6 with 10 watts). Never did an Ebay auction before, and actually won it!!

Did a lot of research on 6 meter antennas, and decided for the price ($39), I really couldn't go wrong--to get started with this neat looking 1/4 wavelength ground plane antenna. It was shipped immediately and came in a long rectangular box--but on the inside was a cardboard tube that was almost a 1/2" thick and the antenna pieces were inside that--CAREFULLY protected!

It goes together in about 2 minutes--really! It's that simple. The rods are all made of solid aluminum, and there are no rough edges....nice!

All I had to do was mount it on my roof and attach a coaxial cable to the SO-239 connector and we are up and running. I immediately was able to chat with some local hams on ground wave. The WorldWide CQ VHF Contest was this past weekend--and while I heard local hams, I couldn't hear anybody else distant. I grew concerned that something might not be right with my antenna.

Then lo and behold, yesterday I experienced my first "6 meter band opening". I'm in Denver, CO (Grid DM79) and I was working stations in California, Washington State, New Mexico, and then over into Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was AMAZING that I was doing this with only 10 watts and this GP52 vertical Ground plane. Some of these guys were running 500W to 1KW and they couldn't believe that I was just using 10 watts to this 1/4 wave vertical. I know my elevation at near 7000' doesn't hurt--but this thing is actually just sitting on my roof at 35 feet!

Bottom line: I was totally pleased with the quick shipping from Arrow and their sturdy mailing container. I was totally pleased with the nice heavy duty aluminum rods the antenna is made out of while being lightweight. I am now totally pleased to see that it works perfectly on 6 meters with my little ole 10 watts.

Very satisfied customer!

Stan Weber

Parker, CO
W2UIS Rating: 5/5 Jul 25, 2007 05:40 Send this review to a friend
GP52 6 Meter Vertical  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was looking for a 6 meter antenna to use with my Yaesu FT-857D then saw the July 3 review here.

I now have one installed at the home qth working 6 meter FM and SSB.
N6NKN Rating: 5/5 Jul 13, 2007 13:49 Send this review to a friend
ARROW: They Do Antennas Right  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Ok, maybe a 6 meter GP isn't rocket science. But I surely couldn't homebrew one as bullet-proof as this one, and certainly not for the price.

I am adding this to my collection of Arrow products, I already own a 4 element two meter and a 4 element 6 meter yagi, and this antenna is of the same high quality.

The Arrow motto is "Simply the Best", and if you don't think so, they have a 90 day return policy.

My antennas are staying right where they are. In the air and working great.

Many thanks to the folks at Arrow Antennas.

Rick N6NKN
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