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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Yaesu YA-30 Folded Dipole Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu YA-30 Folded Dipole
Yaesu YA-30 Folded Dipole Reviews: 15 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $269.00
Description: This is a Broadband Folded Di-Pole, similar to the B&W folded Di-Poles. The difference being size and construction I believe. The wire portion is a coated wire, that seems to be a slightly larger gauge than the B&W and the fit and finish seem a bit better.
Product is in production.
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KF4VGV Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2007 16:33 Send this review to a friend
Very Good Antenna!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I love this antenna! My SWR is flat across much of the HF band and that includes 60 meters! No tuner is necessary! Even at 10 meters, my SWR is only 1.4! Another point is that it is only 83 feet long! Even though the antenna is somewhat pricey, it is worth the money! The only drawback on the YA-30 is that it is only rated at 150 watts. Thats no drawback with me though because I only run 100 or less watts when DX'ing!
GW4PJQ Rating: 5/5 Jul 17, 2007 13:29 Send this review to a friend
A very good compromise antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
If there is one thing I have always kept well clear of is any antenna that has a terminating resistor. In order to prove my point I obtained a Yaesu YA-30.

It is erected as an inverted V with the terminating resistor at 31’ AGL and the ends are 8’ AGL. So does it work? Does it ever! On 160m the results are as good as one would expect from an 80’ dipole but in this case no ATU is required, the VSWR is 1.4:1. This is the antenna’s worst band with the terminating resistor dissipating 30% of the transmitter’s power. Bear in mind however that only represents 2db. On 80m it works every bit as well as a dipole cut for that band and again no ATU is needed. On 40m the results are truly outstanding with all signals at least 2 S points higher on the YA-30, but what really impressed me was the antennas ability to reject locally generated noise and this applies to all bands.

Even on 10m this antenna continues to astonish me. Recently I was listening to a beacon on 10m; it was S9+10 with light QSB. My friend who lives 5 miles away could barely here it on his cushcraft 3 ele mini beam. To be fair this isnt really a good comparison as the received signal was via sporadic E, but it served to prove that this antenna is a very good all-rounder and a much better performer than the dreaded G5RV. And no ATU is required!
HK5CAG Rating: 3/5 Feb 23, 2007 11:07 Send this review to a friend
Very good reports  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Its working good and I did locate it just 4 meters above mine roof.
The only thing that need a bit more attention is the seperators, so the 4 plastic ones that seperate the upper and lower wire.
They can fall down after a visit of a bird.
73´s bye
Marcel HK5CAG
LA6NNA Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2004 14:19 Send this review to a friend
Works very well  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got this antenna up and it works great.As previosly review says..It`s a bit heavy but compaire to my ECO Array AVT 25 vertical its working better.On vertical Japan and Guam was an S3 and on the dipole it got S8.Ofcoarse is better working dx horizontale but this is really a good antenna.A bit excpencive but worth it.
It has to be a good one since the Norwegian army using this one.

Swr are in average 1,4:1 except on 15 and 17.There it is 2:1 but this is stated in the info about the antenna.

Now its only to see if it handles the hard WX around the arctic circle.
Well done Yaesu!!!
N5BSD Rating: 4/5 Jun 24, 2003 11:55 Send this review to a friend
Works Rather Well mounted fairly Low  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Since I have only had this on the air a few days, but have gotten good reports using only my FT-100D, I am very pleased with this antenna. I have it mounted about 10 feet off the ground, here at my QTH. It is a tad heavy and I would suggest anyone hanging one of these, do it as an inverted v as opposed to flat toping it. the center is a bit much to leave unsupported IMHO, since mine is so low, I used a piece of PVC pipe to form a center support, more to keep sway down than anything else, but it does take a bit of the stress off the whole thing. For being as low as it is and feeding it with coax of unknown quality I think it is working quite well.
It is a tad cheaper than other Broadband Folded Di-Poles I have seen on the market as well. Haven't made any contact on 160 yet, but the 80, 40 and 20 meter contacts have been good.
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