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Reviews Categories | Antenna parts, accessories, incl. baluns, hardware, etc. | EZ Hang Help

Reviews Summary for EZ Hang
EZ Hang Reviews: 25 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $89.95
Description: The perfect tool when you want to put up a wire antenna easily, quickly and safely! EZ HANG can be used to "shoot" a line over a tree or other object over 100 feet high.
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KB1QBZ Rating: 5/5 Nov 9, 2010 09:53 Send this review to a friend
Great Product, Does What It Says  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine for about two years and have used it to raise 12 antennas now.

Unless you're best friends with Dennis The Menace (who always used to have a slingshot in his back pocket), it's best if you practice with it a couple of times before you try your first launching. It's no different than hitting a baseball or putting a basketball through a hoop or casting a fishing line - you need some practice before you're able to make it happen.

With practice, I find that I can reliably hit my spot up to about 50 ft high. After that, I'm less accurate, but I've gotten the tennis ball at least 80 ft high.

Recently a buddy borrowed it, and by specifically NOT following the directions, he managed to get the line well-tangled in the reel. Being a city boy who doesn't know his way around fishing reels, I called the company for help. Someone (I think the owner, whose name I've forgotten) called me back within the hour. He stayed on the phone with me and carefully walked me through the process of opening the reel, untangling the thing, and then getting everything put back together.

Good/great customer service on a product that does exactly what it claims to do at a reasonable price. I know that some people have complained that they could have made one for less, but if that's the case why didn't they?
N8RAT Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2010 18:25 Send this review to a friend
A simple but effective way to hang a wire.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I acquired my EZ-Hang when they were first introduced about 10 years ago. Since then Iíve hung so many antennas at Field Day and for friends Iíve lost count. I actually wore out the reel to the point I had to replace it. It does take some time to get the feel of the device but it beats the heck out of bow & arrows and other improvised devices Iíve tried in my opinion. Iíve shot lines into trees approaching 80 feet high with few problems. I always replace the line at the beginning of ďAntenna HangingĒ season, as monofilament tends to become quite difficult to work with after itís been on the reel for a while. A good product at a fair price.
KD2E Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2010 10:48 Send this review to a friend
simple, and flawless!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had the EZ hang for ...must be ten years now?? Used it at two addresses, and many field days. At Dayton once, the guys at the table gave me a bunch of extra yellow sinkers. Sure wish I know what I did with them....but I'm still on the original one! Every tree I've debated putting a wire shot, and its done. Tie a string to the monofilament, pull it up and over...then tie rope to the string and pull it up. Simple, and as I said....flawless!!
K0KNX Rating: 0/5 Nov 6, 2010 09:11 Send this review to a friend
Dont bother  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this thing for several years and never used it, so now I was in need and gave it a try. Shot it up, the fishing line got got up in branches and while attempting to being it back in, the fishing line snapped, also the reel broke. Not sure if they have made any improvements to this piece of equipment but I just threw mine in the garbage.
K8WV Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2009 21:14 Send this review to a friend
I love this thing!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Using the EZ Hang is the easiest way to put up an antenna that I can imagine.

As background, I have NO experience with either slingshots or fishing reels. So, I had a bit of a learning curve. That is, my first experience wasn't exactly positive - at least not until I figured out how the reel worked, and what I was doing wrong. Spend some time learning about the Zebco reel. Simply put, there is nothing wrong with the reel. It is sufficient for the purpose.

Does the EZ Hang cost too much. No. Can you buy the parts and put the kit together yourself, cheaper? Maybe. But the slingshot is well thought out, and you can spend a great deal of time running around gathering up the other items. I'd rather be putting up antennas than driving around looking for parts.

Just this evening I found that my 40-80 trap dipole was a casualty of some recent very high winds. I had to replace one support rope. In a total time of 1 hour, I replaced the broken rope, secured the antenna, cleaned up the "mess," put the EZ Hang away, and had worked two DX stations on 40.

There are perhaps better tools for erecting wire antennas in trees, but my tallest tree is only 80 feet (!) tall and this works for me. I expect it can handle 100 foot trees easily. I also find a lot of other uses for it, too. But, that's a different story.

I got the kit, and I'm glad I did. I highly recommend this produce!
N2DTS Rating: 5/5 Feb 5, 2009 17:31 Send this review to a friend
great1  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was putting up a new antenna (alpha delta dx-lb-plus and needed to get one end up higher than the G5rv was, when i was 20 years younger and about 30 pounds lighter, I climbed the cedar tree (its like a mast on a ship), but its winter and I am done climbing trees.
I dont know what happened to the instructions, but I figured it out, one shot, my first and it went right where I wanted it, tied some heavy fishing line onto the thin stuff, then tied the antenna rope and pulled that up.
ONE shot, my first, and it went right where I wanted it, about 75 feet up!

What more can you ask for?

KB3CS Rating: 5/5 Feb 4, 2007 19:42 Send this review to a friend
wire antenna up 50ft and ready  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Both reviews by KE5KDA and WA2TCQ seem harsh in light of my experience with the EZ Hang tool (not the "EZ Hang Kit"). I supplied my own Mason's Line from Home Depot (500ft spool of florescent greenish 'string' on a winder just like what is shown as part of the "Kit").

I've done enough cast fishing to always remember to press the release button on the back of the reel first before flinging the lead fishing weight. Don't go increasing the drag setting either (the +/- wheel). The drag should be set easily halt the reel-in of the line if the weight gets stuck without breaking the line.

Grasp the weight firmly in the leather pouch. Adjust the position of the weight in the pouch until you're sure you've got a firm and stable grip on it. I grab it at the thicker end of the weight with the eyehook forward.

Pull the pouch back, stretching the bands only a couple inches. Aim for the sky. You'll want a high ballistic arc. It took very little band stretch to fire the 1/2 ounce weight more than 50feet up and 75feet downrange.

Reel back not more than about 5feet of monofilament - enough to lift the weight off the ground and leave it dangling in the air where you can go find it.

Tie a loop in the end of the Mason's Line and hook it on in place of the weight. Reel in the monofilament to thread the mason's line over your intended branch or along the canopy of your selected tree. You may need to unspool some of the mason's line to reduce reel-in drag. Sometimes releasing the monofilament and pulling back some of the mason's line is necessary. Take your time.

With the Mason's Line threaded and your chosen antenna support line attached, haul away to thread the support line in place so you can finally raise the antenna itself using the support line.

One other useful tool: a 10meter mast/pole - MFJ-1910. use it to push the ends of tree branches out of the way of the antenna or to nudge the wire clear of an inconveniently placed twig end of a branch or to guide a section of the antenna out of the way of an obstruction while you're raising it.
WA2TCQ Rating: 1/5 Jan 22, 2007 18:02 Send this review to a friend
Cheap Components  Time owned: more than 12 months
Disappointing. I first had to replace the line on the cheap Zebco reel because it was invisible once you got a shot off. I replaced it with a green monofilament 15lb test. It continually would misfire i.e. the lead weight and or line would foul in the rubber bands. The reel is as cheap as they get. I had to replace line frequently due to rats nests inside the reel. I would look for other options.
N2OAM Rating: 5/5 Dec 3, 2006 17:21 Send this review to a friend
Expensive, BUT.............  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It sure does work. I've tried surfcasting rods & a bow & arrow. The surfcasting rod works, but it takes many casts to get the line where you want it. Bow will do the job, but you need a day with NO wind, not even a breeze. And I get dirty looks from the looney left neighbor (wait till she sees my M14). It took me a total of five shots to get lines up over 2 trees, one a 70'++ tall pine tree. Now my Windom is up at about 60'. :>)
KQ4KK Rating: 4/5 Nov 28, 2006 10:28 Send this review to a friend
It works.... Once you learn how  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great concept. Great guys at the Ham Fest at their booth. I bought a kit, tried to get over a tree, jammed the reel and such. Gave them a call and they BROUGHT me a whole new kit, with extra weights.
Let a year lapse, leaves off the trees again, went out and spent 30 min learning to use a slingshotwithafishingreelattached. Yea, hard to read, not easy for me to do. But, I figured out how to "shoot a line". Got my Carolina Windom way up in the tree, this time, the first time.
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