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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Yagi, Quad, Rotary dipole, LPDA | T.G.M. Communications MQ-36SR 3 element "Hybrid Quad" beam Help

Reviews Summary for T.G.M. Communications MQ-36SR 3 element "Hybrid Quad" beam
T.G.M. Communications MQ-36SR 3 element Reviews: 8 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $550
Description: Mini 3 element beam for 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters
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VE3TCV Rating: 5/5 Oct 19, 2015 10:19 Send this review to a friend
Great antenna   Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I live in an unfriendly antenna zone and was looking for a smaller high performance beam with a small footprint. The antenna arrived very well packaged from TGM, it took me two evenings to build it all up slower and properly as there are many parts to install. The quality of the build is outstanding, there is so much silicone around the coils that I can see this antenna last decades.

Tuning the antenna was fairly simple, the 17/15/12/10 bands were almost flat and for the most part require no external tuner. The 20 meter band is very narrow and requires me to use a turner on the lower and upper edges of the band while the 6 meter band requires a tuner for the whole band.

I currently have the beam mounted about 33ft, coming from a HyendFed wire antenna and a dipole this antenna pulls in signals on all bands much better on all bands. The antenna excels on the upper bands between 10-17M, compared the dipole and wire antennas the TGM beam is about 5-7 S-units better. The antenna is very quiet compared to my old dipole, this makes the antenna great for weak signal work.

I have run a maximum of 1200 Watts with no issues on all bands.

Due to the shape of the antenna it was a tad tricky to raise onto the tower as the reflector
is quite large.

I have managed to get my DXCC with this antenna and have worked some very weak/remote stations that would have been impossible with my old antennas. I use a Yaesu G-800 rotor that seems to be overkill for the antenna, a Yaesu G-450 rotor would be fine with this antenna if you are looking to save a few bucks. I originally believed the antenna was a tad overpriced but once I received the antenna and understood the quality and care that went into the build I feel the antenna is fairly priced.

Overall I am very happy with this antenna, I see no reason to upgrade from it at this point as I can pretty much reach every station I can hear.

VE3XYD Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2014 11:47 Send this review to a friend
So Far So Good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Only 3 months I have this toy, so far so good. Too early to write full review.

I hear it, I can work it, same performance just like MQ26, MQ34, I owned them all. But the
MQ-36SR is another ball game.

I read reviews here and people expect HF beam to perform well low to the ground. Which HF beam works well low to the ground?! Are you kidding me!?

You mount this antenna at a proper average height recommended by any manufacture, about 35 feet above the ground, minimum. This antenna will perform as good as your $3000 force12 beams or you name it.

My MQ-36SR is 40 feet above the ground, it out peforms all my HF antennas on my yard. If I have signal S5 on my vertical R-7, my MQ-36SR delivers the same signal on receive S9+. If my vertical pickup S3 weak signal, my MQ36SR will deliver S8-S9 on receive!

Transmit, no problem. Same as my MQ26, I can brake a pileup with 100w. Yes not always on the first call, it takes 1-4 calls but if I can hear the station, I can work the station.

For its size, this is a very good performer, no heavy duty rotors need it. You can swing this antenna with a simple tv rotor antenna. Super compact for a beam design and very light weight.

After few years, I have learned that the owner of this company makes all his antennas by hand. Quality is stunning. I never had issues with construction and materials. All parts are high quality and withstand Canadian Winters.

I will write another review after owning this antenna for about a year.
VA3AQB Rating: 4/5 Nov 9, 2012 06:47 Send this review to a friend
Great for its size!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Bought this for its compact size, works great!!
shines on 15m & 17m, SWR is fine on 10m,15,17m no tuner needed, 20m SWR is narrow.
Very easy to tune for each band, only real issue I have is the SWR freq shift when it rains, other people don't seem to have any issues.
On 10m is where this antenna works best, just using 100watts get great reports from Europe and Asia.
Tom at TGM is always there if you have a issues! Great service.
G1HJW Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2011 12:00 Send this review to a friend
GREAT ANTENNA FOR SMALL SPACE LOT  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this antenna for near 3 years now and its performance is really good for its size, so many bands in a small neat package that even the neighbors like.

Its SWR is below 1:5:1 on all bands apart from 6m which I use a separate 6m/4m duel band beam for anyway.

The only point I would say is get it up and in the clear, I use a tenna mast fitted to the back wall of my home and when its wound up to full height the antenna is around 40ft in the air and the antenna really gets out, but when its wound down its no more than 6ft or 7ft above the roof and the performance really does drop off.

Its well put together and though others mention weather problems, the only time I have had weather problems is when the antenna got some what iced up and the SWR shot up, soon as the ice went away swr went back to normal.

DX-worked include: 5H3,VU2,FG5,V47,KH6,ZF2,XU7,XV9,ZM4,C5,PZ5 and many, many more, and I think that in its self shows what can be done with this Antenna.
K5ZZR Rating: 5/5 Dec 25, 2010 18:45 Send this review to a friend
Does just what it says....  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've used the MQ-26 for about 3 years now on a 35' mast and am very pleased I found this little honey. I previously was in a remote isolated area near Death Valley and was using Cushcraft A3S and the A4S mounted on a 40' tower, so I was not expecting much from my 26. Boy was I pleasantly surprised when the contacts started rolling in. If I could get away with it here (XYL) I'd go back to the Cushcraft in a heartbeat but in my current situation the 26 performs well enough to keep me happy. Just dont' forget why we bought this compromise to begin with and you'll be satisfied.... Tom did good.....
N2QQF Rating: 3/5 Apr 28, 2008 12:13 Send this review to a friend
Just OK  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had a Three Element 5 band version that I recently sold. I must admit i was not too happy with the performace of this antenna. I guess maybe i was asking for too much or maybe the antenna was just a compromise. In all fairness, I bought this antenna used and it appeared to be built ok. Anyhow the only band i did notice good to very good perfomrace was on 10 meters and just Ok on 20 meters. The antenna did also work pretty good on six-meters but again not great. I would give this antenna a higher rating but it price is just way too insane for this type of performace. I feel for less money you can get a good beam or maybe just a little more you can get the 5 band Mosely which is much better quality and performace and is and has been a very reputable company.
VA3CR Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2006 23:58 Send this review to a friend
Very Good for it's Size  Time owned: more than 12 months
Owned the 2 element version first and then added the third element. Of course this antenna will not work like a 4 element mono bander, but it does work quite well on 6 bands. I like it's small size and that it has 6 bands. It works very well on 20, 17 and 15 metres. I have worked 184 countries on this antenna and compared to my G5RV I often get 7 Sunits better with the Hybrid Quad. I will be bringing it down next year for a retune with the new tuning directions from TGM Communications which should improve it further. This is a perfect antenna if you have a small lot. Had the 2 element version at 30 feet. Now have mounted the 3 element version at 50 feet and it works noticably better.
KK7WN Rating: 4/5 May 30, 2004 13:25 Send this review to a friend
works well if mounted high  Time owned: more than 12 months
I used this antenna for about 8 years. At first I had it mounted at about 18 'and while directional, it was a mediocre performer at best. I then was able to raise it on a mast to about 30'.At this greater height the performance was significantly improved. Much greater directivity with very noticable gain, especially on 15 meters.In summary, this is a good directional antenna where you have space and size limitations and can mount it at least 30' in the air.Of course this antenna does not have theperformance of a full size yagi or large wire antennas mounted high in the air. However, if you live on a small lot and can mount it high in the clear, it is an improvement over lower wire antennas.

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