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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Bushcomm BBA-100 HF Broadband Antenna Help


Reviews Summary for Bushcomm BBA-100 HF Broadband Antenna
Bushcomm BBA-100 HF Broadband Antenna Reviews: 7 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $AU$450.45
Description: Our flagship model and all round best performer to date is the BBA-100 Antenna. Highly efficient, engineered to meet the exacting standards of professional users, yet comparatively affordable, the BBA-100 has much to offer to many different sectors of private and commercial use.

The BBA-100 is adaptable enough to suit a wide range of installation situations - from between two purpose built antennas at a professional site to between a tree and the backyard shed and even in an inverted "v" configuration. Light, yet sturdy construction ensures low total mass wind loading and the highest quality materials used in construction, such as stainless steel wire and fittings and UV resistant fibreglass rods, produce an antenna that will survive the rigours of the outdoors for many years.

There are different versions of the BBA-100 available - including shorter, longer and 500W (AM) variations. Some of these models include BBA-100S, BBA-100E, BBA-500, BBA-500E.

Product is in production.
More info: http://www.bushcomm.com.au/
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G8JNJ Rating: 5/5 May 15, 2017 05:12 Send this review to a friend
Good design  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have spent several years testing and researching various forms of Broadband 'no tune' antennas.

The Bushcomm BBA-100 is a three wire version of a Terminated Folded Dipole, and is just about the best and most efficient type of this antenna that is available.

It does not use a 50 Ohm resistor at the feed point.

It uses a 450:50 ohm Balun to feed the outermost two wires which are connected at the far ends to the third centre wire which is folded back to meet in the middle where it is terminated with a 1200 Ohm resistor.

This forms a terminated transmission line radiator (a bit like a Beverage) which transforms it into a Travelling Wave Antenna.

The theory of this antenna is sound and only a significant amount of power is dissipated in the terminating load at frequencies where the overall length of the folded dipole is less than 1/2 wave long.

This antenna has been deployed and used by large numbers of commercial organisations worldwide.

It does trade some efficiency for a flat SWR across the whole frequency range, but not as much as some folks would have you believe.

Note that a standard ladderline fed Doublet when matched with a tuner, can easily have 2dB or more loss on some frequencies.

When compared directly with the Bushcomm BBA-100 there is not a great deal of difference in performance.

Unlike many antenna manufacturers who make outlandish claims about their products performance Bushcomm publish an accurate specification WRT achievable gain.

As with any antenna purchase, it's always worthwhile undertaking a bit of research before you buy. Then at least you will understand the theory and be able to make a sensible judgement WRT likely performance.

Regards,

Martin - G8JNJ

 
K6KV Rating: 2/5 May 14, 2017 17:23 Send this review to a friend
Cheats... uses resistor for low SWR  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Antennas of this type claiming impossibly low SWRs across the entire HF spectrum are cheating, by using a 50 ohm load resistor at the feed point. Most of the power sent up the coax will be dissipated in the resistor, not radiated. That's why one of their antennas has a 60W rating... it probably uses a 50W resistor! These antennas will generate some contacts, of course, but nothing like that of an efficient antenna. Note that this type of antenna reappears from time to time and that QST magazine specifically prohibits their advertisements. I apologize for pulling back the veil however this company needs to tell the whole story about their products.
 
VK3MNM Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2010 08:16 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
What a great antenna!

This thing works fantastic, great reports from all over the world, couldn’t be more happy with it.

Its build quality is awesome.

I have a big problem here with Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's eating my antennas, the BBA-100 stoped them dead in their tracks, well done Bushcomm.
Had it up now for about 4 years and seen a few good storms and a huge hail stone attack that destroyed my pergola shredded trees and done million’s in damage to Melbourne.

It still works as good as the day i put it up.

If you are thinking of getting one you won’t be disappointed, just do it!

 
KR4K Rating: 5/5 Mar 4, 2007 04:41 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Choice  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Installed BBA-100E with OFO-Kit. Center is at 40 ft. with center hanging 5 ft. off tower and ends are at 30 ft. I use three towers to support. Ordered direct from Bushcomm.

Construction is outstanding, built like a tank. Installation was easy, but be sure and follow the installation instructions to prevent kinks.

I purchased for MARS, SHARES, SWL, and ham use. I use from 1.8 MHz to 30 MHz. VSWR does not cause TS-2000 to back down power without using internal tuner.

Have made 160m to 10m contacts, including recent 160m contest. Received reports as "strongest signal on band" recently on 17m with stations in MN, OH, and WA. MARS signal reports are that I came from weak but readable to often the strongest signal on the net, including 2.0 and 14.0 MHz frequencies.

I used B&W antennas for several years, and the BBA-100E is a dramatic improvement.

Only one wish - 4mm stainless steel wire instead of 2mm.

Highly recommend to anyone looking for one HF wire antenna. It just plain works. Bushcomm has an excellent product.

73/gus
 
VK3MOA Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2006 15:13 Send this review to a friend
Great Broadband antenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have used a BBA-100 for the last 9 months or so and I am impressed with how it works on such a wide range of frequencies.
I put it up against a standard wire dipole resonate for 40 and 80 meters, and although the reports back from others were not quite as good on 80 meters,on 40 they were similar. Logic and theory say that it won't be better than a resonate antenna, so I didn't expect it to be. But a resonate antenna on one band will not really work anywhere else. The BBA-100 will transmit anywhere from 2-30 MHz.
On receive it was quieter than my resonate dipole,but all signals could still be heard. There was less hash and background noise as well. And it could "hear" everything on all bands,all the shortwave stations and all the outback and 4WD frequencies as well.
The materials quality was excellent, too. All stainless steel with strong UV resistant balun boxes.
If you don't have room for more than one antenna, and want more than a couple of frequencies, I recommend the BBA-100 because it will transmit and receive anywhere from 2-30 MHz.
 
VK6HTW Rating: 5/5 Mar 11, 2006 05:45 Send this review to a friend
Product is very high quallity and virtually indestructable.  Time owned: more than 12 months
These people [ BUSHCOMM ] are absolutely fantastic and easy to deal with their website is neat and infomative.My antenna the bba-100, at first seemed a bit expensive but the Quality of its construction will see it last for decades out in the harsh weather near the ocean. 5 years and still as good as new,stainless steel cable with fibreglass spreader rods, not aluminium/ PVC/ copper,etc. They are supplied all assembled and therefore very easy to install.Excellent for shortwave listening and covers 2-30 Mhz range (80-10m tx & rx) including all WARC bands plus military and marine HF frequencies. This unit is up to 2S points quieter on noise compared to the old 40m dipole, fantastic for my area. Signal reports worldwide have been excellent. So impressed with this antenna, I have bought a second product the SWCS Kit, again communication with these guys is terrific nothing is too hard very helpfull, premium service ++++.
 
VK4DU Rating: 5/5 Mar 4, 2006 19:11 Send this review to a friend
Robust, with good performance  Time owned: more than 12 months
BBA100 review


I run a comms engineering company, specialising in design and installation of HF point to point and land mobile networks, principally in the developing world.

As I’m sure you all know, the antenna is the centerpiece of any HF installation.

I needed an antenna system which:

covers a wide freq range (typically 3-12 MHz) with low VSWR;
does not need a automatic tuner;
performs well;
is very robust; and
is reliable.

Unfortunately, a lot of ‘broad band’ HF antennas offer wide frequency coverage with mediocre performance.

The Bushcomm BBA100 (3 wire) and SWC100 (single wire) antennas fulfill all my requirements.

They are robust antennas with good performance over a broad frequency range.

We have installed at least 500 of the BBA100 model and 1800 of the SWC100 model in some of the world’s harshest environments – the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Many of these installations were conducted by helicopter or outboard motor boat – the sites are so inaccessible, weeks of walking was the only other transport alternative.

In this situation, we simply can not afford to use an antenna which may fail – the logistic costs of replacing a faulty antenna run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Of course, any broad band antenna is a compromise, however the Bushcomm antennas perform surprisingly well – at least on par with a dipole.

The BBA100 3 wire version also makes an excellent wide band receive antenna.

If you are looking for a good wide band antenna, and have a bit of space, I strongly recommend you consider the Bushcomm range.

Glenn VK4DU


 


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