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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Force 12 Flagpole Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Force 12 Flagpole Antenna
Force 12 Flagpole Antenna Reviews: 18 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $$119.95
Description: A flagpole that's also a vertical antenna.
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N3JNX Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2007 07:13 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Vertical Antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This flagpole antenna works great and is pretty easy to install. I purchased an extra 4 Ft section. It presents a low SWR on all the Ham bands 40 - 10 meters and even 80 meters. It "hears" better than my wire dipole,of course. I was missing a couple of SS bolts and the feed connection point was drilled improperly from the factory. One phone call straightened everything out. This is a very good antenna and functional flagpole also.
KG4RUL Rating: 5/5 Jul 1, 2007 04:32 Send this review to a friend
Four+ Years and Still Stealthy  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my "flagpole" up for over four years. Attempts at stealthy wire antennas and loading up the aluminum soffits have met with limited to no success while the Force 12 keeps radiating and making contacts!

I bought an extra section for my installation and use it with a field of 22 radials of varying lengths and an MFJ manual tuner. It loads up and works well from 80-6M with my TS2000.

With this minimal antenna setup, I have worked Europe, South America and New Zealand, from the Charleston, SC area, using PSK31 and 20 watts.
NH7XQ Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2007 23:55 Send this review to a friend
Good "Stealthy" Antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My home is under CCR. Ive been using wire dipole antennas. However, performance is fair at best since I can not get the antenna up very high above the house.

I decided to try the Force 12 after another Ham told me that there were several in my neighborhood.

I asked my CCR for a permit to put up a flagpole. It was granted.

I went to the Force 12 web site. Sent them an email. Then called them on the phone.
It was that easy.

I ordered the flagpole for $149.95
Radial Kit $37.95
Extra section $ 19.00
40 meter coil $49.95
Shipping was $75.54
Total $332.39

Not too bad when you consider that many brand name HF antennas are close to that price, plus shipping , and you can not hang a flag on one.

I had to paint mine (CCR - no bare metal). Must admit it looks better painted.

The poles were well marked to assist assembly. Hardware is stainless. I picked my spot, dug the hole, put in the support piece, ( made sure it was level ) poured in a bag of quick dry cement and added water. Stirred it up, making sure the support piece remained level. I waited until the next day to put erect the pole to make sure the cement was hard. Ran the conduit and hooked it up to the included pigtail (radial kit). Hooked up the laid down the radials and covered them in a few inches of dirt.

I bought a piece of 3-4 inch PVC pipe with an end cap, painted it, and placed it on the bottom to "hide" the spot where the conduit and radials connect to the pole. Looks pretty good actually.

I am now able to hear many DX stations I could not hear before. Performance is also much better on transmit.
This flagpole may not replace a good beam or vertical antenna, but since this is really the only vertical I can erect on my property right now I am quite happy with it.

There is one drawback I have found. The flagpole does sway a little in the breeze when the flag is flying (I fly the U.S. flag very proudly I might add :) This movement might cause the hardware that connects the conduit and ground radials to work lose. Just make sure you use the lock washers and snug down the connections or you may find yourself with some really poor performance :) 73

KG6NJM Rating: 4/5 Mar 21, 2005 22:23 Send this review to a friend
It meet California CC&R's  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
It's difficult to rate an antenna like this. I live in a standalone condo (no common walls) with prohibitions against antennas but can erect a flagpole on my patio thanks to a bill passed before Gov. Davis left office here in CA. I got the standard 15 ft pole with the 40 meter coil. The coil allows me to get a good match on 40m with my LDG antenna tuner but the combo is resonant at around 60 meters (probably due to close proximity to fence and aluminum patio cover). Performance has been average which means better than anything else I could have stuck in my attic (I tried a dipole there). So, for what it does as a compromise I should give it a 5 but it rates a 3 compared to a better antenna (which I can't have); hence, the 4 rating. I am able to get a perfect match on 20 meters without the coil or antenna tuner which I think is an accident due to my unique environment. I have since made my own 20 foot version which gave me 1/2 to 1 S unit improvement. I made my own add-on coil to make it resonant on 40m so I can add an amp when money is available. Would I buy Force 12 again? Yes, considering my home made version cost me more to build. It works all bands with the antenna tuner although it struggles on 15m. I would recommend going with a 20 foot pole though as it works better on all bands. The 40m coil didn't like the 20 foot length, though, but your results may vary depending on your setup. I used 4 radials since that's all I had room to do.
K2KOQ Rating: 5/5 Jan 15, 2004 20:21 Send this review to a friend
price is right  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Got mine with an extra section then attached a wire to the top and ran it about 25 feet to my garage. Then added a SGC auto tuner at the bottom. I used the 4 short radials that came with it then added 4 more longer ones. Ham friends have walked right by it and it did not realize it was a antenna! Performance is very good on a par with my dipole perhaps even better at longer distance
KD5YDY Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2003 01:28 Send this review to a friend
Great STEALTH antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Force 12 antenna with an extra 4-foot section to make it 20 feet just like another reviewer. The antenna is made of aircraft grade metal, weighs just 8 lbs, and is very sturdy. I have an SGC-237 coupler at the base and I can tune in 160m down to 15m with ease. Doesn't work well on 12, 10 or 6m. I put it up in my tiny 50x50 foot backyard so animals and kids won't be able to touch it while I'm operating. The flagpole itself resonants so could pose a danger if put in front yard. It's a great stealth antenna. Since I can't tx HF yet (haven't passed code), I've been faithfully putting American flag up each morning and taking it down at dusk. So neighbors are clueless about it's "other purpose". When I do get around to TX, if I interfere, maybe I won't be the first door they knock on. :) The Force 12 with SGC-237 is a great combo. Highly recommend. KD5YDY
K0RGI Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2003 00:10 Send this review to a friend
A Fine Stealth Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased an extra section for my antenna, making it 20' tall. I believe the extra length helps the 40m performance. It is an excellent performer on 40-10m, and I have also made solid contacts on 80m and MARS frequencies. As another post mentioned, it isn't resonant on any amateur frequency so a tuner is required. I feed mine through an SGC-239 Smartuner mounted at the feedpoint. A good ground radial bed really helps the performance. I installed 60 20' radials around mine and am very pleased with the performance. An added plus - it's a great looking flagpole.
W9DJ Rating: 5/5 Jun 2, 2003 10:38 Send this review to a friend
A neat novelty antenna for restricted space locations  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Force 12 flagpole antenna is 15 feet high, and does a credible job both as a flagpole and as an antenna. It resonates nowhere in the ham bands, or course, so I use an SGC 237 tuner at the base. It is quirky about which bands I can operate on, and may require extra coax between the tuner and the feed to add enough loss to make the tuner happy on some bands. The antenna comes with radials, and everything you need to install it, including radials, base, and connectors, except coax and concrete. It needs to be mounted in a concrete filled hole about 2 feet deep. It took me about 1 hour to install, not counting waiting on the concrete to dry. Most of that time was spent digging the hole. I used one 50 pound bag of "Quick-crete," and just dumped the concrete mix in the hole and added water. So far it's still standing. The flag supplied is too small, so I put on a bigger one (3x5 feet). As you can see from the picture in front of my house it looks great and my first contact was with the Canary Islands on 15 meters followed by W1AW on 40. Both were SSB. I have had a number of good ragchews since, both US and DX. It's not a pileup buster, but works surprisingly well. I'm not short of space, but I wanted a flagpole anyway and now I can operate from my front porch. Lazy field day location? Caution: be sure to get it vertical. I used a plumb bob. We have a restricted place in AZ, and I plan to buy another one to use down there.
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