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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Yagi, Quad, Rotary dipole, LPDA | Mosley TA33-WARC Help


Reviews Summary for Mosley TA33-WARC
Reviews: 5 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $743
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K0KVR Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2011 10:51 Send this review to a friend
The Best  Time owned: more than 12 months
The TA33 is the only beam I have ever owned. It works like a champ and is cosnstructed to last. The first TA33M WARC I owned came down in a wind storm. I had not guyed my tower. I then purchase a used replacement without 12 and 17 meters. IT was every bit as good as my original and probably 10 years older. On it I worked a bunch of rare DX including BS7H, VU4RBI, VU7, and many more. I just added the WARC to this beam without a hits, and SWR still remains below 1.2 to 1.0 on all bands. I highly recommend this antenna.
 
G4VVQ Rating: 5/5 May 7, 2010 01:11 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
Hi World, i have one of these antennas, there great if you treat them right, put them together just as the instructions say, wind a choke as close to feedpoint as possible, most importantly make sure it is totally waterproof, problems you might have,plastic blocks cracking and breaking, loose element sections, grommets coming out of the driven elements inner ends and letting water in, (put grommets in firmly and tape them in) loose or corrosion on phasing rods where they fix to driven elements,cobwebs in traps,elements turning in the wind and the whole antenna turning on mast, to stop the elements turning you can put an exhaust clamp next to the original U bolt and put a metal plate across the 4 nuts, to stop mast turning try Lochtite to stop nuts coming undone, there is very little that will ever go wrong with the traps, if the vswr isn't too good check lengths and security of element sections and check phasing rods, make sure the feeder is really close to the feedpoint, choke should be 5 turns with ID of 6 inches, if you use a 1-1 current balun make sure the 2 wires that feed antenna are as short as possible, i find mine performs very well, can see it on qrz.com if anyone wants to know anything about them i would be glad to help if i can cheers, you can get replacment parts for any Mosley ever made from there factory, see website. - Fred in England.
 
K9KEN Rating: 5/5 Nov 12, 2008 11:30 Send this review to a friend
BEST ANTENNA EVER OWNED  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this antenna since 1995 NEW ! Never a problem ! One of the best performing antennas on the market ! I have had some super winds and ice storms and held up like a tank! I just bought a rebuild kit and this is one GREAT PERFORMING ANTENNA! If you are looking for a great antenna the MOSLEY TA33 M IS IT!
 
K3LIX Rating: 5/5 Apr 25, 2006 06:34 Send this review to a friend
Works like a charm!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have enjoyed my TA33 for over twenty years now ,having received it used from a former (now deceased) friend. He had it for approx. ten years prior to that.It has been atop my 40 foot tower just below my Ringo Ranger since that time and although it has been through many wind & snow storms it still looks and performs like new.
Very rugged hardware indeed.
My hat is off to Mosley!
 
W6LBV Rating: 5/5 Dec 6, 2004 08:05 Send this review to a friend
Professional grade  Time owned: more than 12 months
The TA-33 is an old, conservatively-designed “classic Yagi,” intended to provide a basic level of performance. And it does (see below). But the real “story” here is in the hardware itself.

My TA-33-M-WARC was ordered early in 2002 and was installed on a 45' steel lattice tower over the 4th of July holiday that year. It has been in continuous service (without the slightest problem) since then.

Mosley was very late in delivering the antenna (the order to delivery time was about 5 months). However they provided an explanation and kept me informed about progress. The “situation” they faced was that they had just received a huge military antenna order (for the ramp-up to Gulf War II), and were in process of converting from civilian to military production. Plant space, materials, and personnel were all being redirected. The company was working six to seven days per week to make production goals. My antenna was, apparently, one of the last Amateur products to ship before production ceased.

I inferred that, since the raw stock inventory at Mosley was being redirected as well, the Amateur antennas were being built with commercial grade metal stock. Receipt and unpacking of the “kit” left no doubt in my mind about that! Compared to typical Amateur antennas on the market, this is rugged hardware! It’s entirely understandable why 35 year old TA-33s are still “up and running” in their original installations. If you want it to be so, this is a “lifetime” antenna.

To let my antenna reach its full potential, some care was taken with the feed system. The main feed line is a 60' run of Andrew LDF-4 (½" hardline), with Andrew Type N connectors. The top jumper is an 8' length of RG-214, and the bottom jumper (into the shack) is 10' of Andrew FSJ-1 (1/4" SuperFlex). All materials were brand new. Overall, at 30 MHz there is probably less than 0.5 dB of line loss through the run, and it will easily handle 1 kW on all its operating bands.

As soon as installation was finished and the dash into the shack was made, SWR proved to be less than 1.8:1 (generally much less) across the 5 operating bands. During the past 2 ½ years the overall match produced only one problem, traced to an N-connector which needed to be remade. The antenna itself has been perfect.

Performance has been excellent. More times than I can remember, while operating ssb with 100 watts from the U. S. west coast I’ve gone into “mini-DX pileups” to Europeans and have been called back by them first, before mid-West stations were called. I cannot verify (through measurement) the published operating specs on 10-15-20 meters, but I have no reason to believe that it does not meet the specs (+7 dBd forward, 20 dB front-back). Comparison with tuned long-wire antennas shows a considerable advantage to the Mosley. The 0 dBd forward gain spec on 12 and 17 meters is not really troublesome and often isn’t even noticed. When the MUF supports these higher bands, the gain is less necessary and the rotatable bi-directional pattern of the single dipole is still appreciated.

This antenna fills a niche: a “use it forever” modest-sized HF Yagi that will stand up to weather and always perform. As stated in the other review, it won’t necessarily put your signal first into the latest Dxpedition, but then again, if you are skilled, it just might! Overall, an awesome company and product.
 


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