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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Directional (Yagi, quad, etc.) | Elk Antennas 2M/440L5 5-element log periodic Help

Reviews Summary for Elk Antennas 2M/440L5 5-element log periodic
Elk Antennas 2M/440L5 5-element log periodic Reviews: 86 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $124.95
Description: 2M Gain 6.8 dbd (8.9 dBi);440 Gain 7 dBd (9 dBi);20 +dB Front to Back Ratio;24 Inch Boom
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KK4JPC Rating: 5/5 Oct 1, 2013 10:18 Send this review to a friend
Magical antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I picked up the Elk 2M/440L5 because I wanted to get a good portable option with decent gain, easy assembly without issues like duplexers. I expected it to work well based on the reviews, but in reality it very far exceeded my expectations. To start with the build quality is excellent. Fit and finish is superb and everything just seems very high quality. I love the PVC mounting because my portable mast system from GoVertical lets me slip the PVC into the top of any section for easy, stable mounting. This is how I have my other antennas setup, but since this is out of the box like that, it just makes it easier. I first tested the Elk using the handle at ground level and was getting full quieting reports with my Yaesu VX-7R on both 2M and 440 with repeaters in Longwood, South Orlando and out at Walt Disney World. These range from about 22 to 32 miles. Because the HT is dual band simultaneously and the repeaters are at opposite ends of the area I was actually getting amazing responses off the back of the antenna on 440 while the front was points at a 2M repeater! This rather tiny antenna is far quieter than my large verticals. I got the antenna up about 20 feet in the air and hit much further repeaters almost to the coast. Really this antenna is nothing short of magical. I had to call Jim at Elk just to tell him! I'd highly recommend Elk as a product and company to anyone who needs a portable high gain dual bander.
NA7DP Rating: 5/5 Jul 5, 2013 11:15 Send this review to a friend
Protected till needed  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
As ERC director, I was looking for directional U/V that could go up fast, go V or H, and go safe till needed. I final settled on a Elk 2/440 5E. I looked at the ELK bag, and thought, that not much protection. got a 3"-24" ABS tube at HD with two 3" caps. A couple a strokes of a course file rounds the edges of the PVC pipe to fit in the tube. Picked up a 1/2 Tee to 1/2 NPT and with the BuddiPole Adapter it will fit on any extendable painter's pole.
The antenna goes together so easy, fit the bill and works great. When I need to be heard, it get the job done.
KJ6SBW Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 2012 15:59 Send this review to a friend
Super Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a followup to a recent post regarding the Elk 5 element Log Periodic antenna. This afternoon myself and another ham friend used this antenna along with an Yaesu FT60 HT to make 3 confirmed contacts with stations in Texas, Mexico and Tennessee during a recent pass of the AO27 satellite. Prior to this recent attempt, and more out of curiosity than necessity, I checked the SWR on the antenna and found it around 1.1 to 1.2

This little antenna is one super performer and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a something to work satellites with or for just a simple 2m/70cm portable, directional antenna.
KJ6SBW Rating: 5/5 Sep 3, 2012 20:54 Send this review to a friend
Very Impressive  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have been reading reviews of this antenna over the past few days in an effort to decide if the Elk Antenna is what I needed to communicate with satellites.

Today myself and another ham friend, who happened to own this particular Elk antenna, met at a local park with the desire to try the antenna in an effort to communicate with satellite AO27 as it made a mid-day pass over the US.

To say the least I was very impressed. All we had for a rig was a Yaesu FT-60 HT and the Elk antenna. A couple of minutes after AOS (acquisition of signal) we heard the digital transmissions followed shortly afterwards by several S9 FM signals. We were both astounded at how well this antenna worked.

With only 5 watts I was able to make a brief contact with another ham across the country in spite of the pile-up of hams all trying to make a contact.

In my humble opinion this antenna is worth the price and will be my next purchase.
W6ZKH Rating: 5/5 Jul 19, 2012 03:53 Send this review to a friend
Great compact antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used this antenna now for several years, mainly when out roving around in my RV on trips, and use it along with the Yaesu FT60 ht for satellite work. Works very well and nice and compact for storage. One thing though, you have to add $50 to that price listed as hasnt been that price in 3-4 years...
W5PFG Rating: 5/5 Jul 18, 2012 15:19 Send this review to a friend
Satellite Killer  Time owned: more than 12 months
The Elk is a tool any satellite enthusiast must have in their toolbag. I have built log periodic dipole arrays before but it's hard to homebrew something of good design and quality as the Elk for less money and time.

I have used my Elk to make numerous contacts on AO-27, SO-50, FO-29, VO-52, AO-7, and AO-51. Literally 100's of contacts, portable, from dozens of maidenhead grids. The antenna has traveled in the trunk of my company car either assembled or not for 1000's of miles. After all the abuse and road trips, the only thing that happened were some screws fell out and Ray was kind enough to replace them at no charge.

I would not hesitate to recommend this antenna.
KK8ZZ Rating: 5/5 Jul 12, 2012 13:00 Send this review to a friend
I'm impresed  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Bought this used for a lot less than retail.. had looked at them in the store at AES but honestly, I thought "white PVC pipe... cheap, not well made.." Well....I was wrong... I have both the Arrow 2/440 hand-held and this, and I have to say the ELK is SOOOO much better made than the Arrow... sturdier elements, fun color coding, and the PVC can be easily changed to match needed polarity. Used on satellites and also for terrestrial wildlife telemetry, and this is my antenna of choice... de KK8ZZ
N4NSP Rating: 5/5 Mar 28, 2012 14:12 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Antenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This antenna does extremely well on SSB and FM. I use it primarily on camping trips operating portable on 144.200 MHz. Typical results in Virginia provide 2 or 3 state coverage and the ability to hear beacons into the NE US and on occasion into Canadian Maritimes, including the 2 meter beacon in Halifax, NS.

The color-coded elements make ease of assembly and disassembly is a real plus. It neatly tucks into the vehicle for a trip. N4NSP
KI6AOK Rating: 5/5 Sep 19, 2011 06:02 Send this review to a friend
Awesome!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought the Elk for FM satellite work and it definitely excels! I love the ability to use PVC for the mast and fittings. I took the Elk out to a public service event working FM simplex and it did a terrific job on top of a "pruner pole" mast. Ray at Elk was quick to respond to a question I had...what more can you ask? Highly recommended.
K6MLF Rating: 5/5 Aug 22, 2011 16:01 Send this review to a friend
Saves my bacon!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I regularly participate in public service events in Marin and Sonoma Counties, hilly country just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Last weekend I was on station on the Pacific shoreline north of Bodega Bay, trying to hit (and hear) the repeater on Sonoma Mountain, 20 miles to the SE, and over a half-dozen ridges. With the 55w mobile radio? No luck. But using a 5w HT with the Elk, mounted on an 18' painter's pole? No problem. Same thing last month--in a hole near Muir Woods National Park. I could hit the remote input (I was told) to the K6GWE repeater, 10 miles to the NE and over three high ridges, including the shoulder of Mount Tamalpais. But no rx signal--not even a crackle. Again, with the Elk on the pole, full bars. This antenna has been assembled and disassembled several dozen times, and is still like new. Sturdy, easy to use, incredibly effective. Get one! The service and design is terrific.
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