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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Buckmaster 7 Band, 3KW, OCF Dipole Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Buckmaster 7 Band, 3KW, OCF Dipole Antenna
Buckmaster 7 Band, 3KW, OCF Dipole Antenna Reviews: 80 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $ 324.95
Description: No tuner, multi-band, off-center fed(OCF), 135 ft. dipole with 6:1 voltage balun
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WB2JSY Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2013 20:45 Send this review to a friend
INCREDIBLE!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After being out of the hobby for 30 years, this is my first "TRY' of the4 hobby with a FT 950 100 watt Transceiver.

First Cq got me into Romania and subsequent CQ's all over Europe and The US.
The antenna is incredible, however, I am NOT!!
Lots of TVI thru my Directv TV and computer and neighbors!
I need help!
The antenna is great but I need assistance with the TVI.
Where do I start?
Incredible antenna... nothing better... at 40 feet and about a 120 degree angle, luckily as mandated, but my wife is getting used to it.

How do I get rid of the TVI with Directv TV and issues with my computer.
The antenna is incredible; I am not!

K9DY Rating: 5/5 Feb 24, 2013 09:09 Send this review to a friend
Great results  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This antenna surpassed my expectations. The SWR is very good on all advertised bands, and 30 and 160 work well with a tuner. I was skeptical but it performs very well. I worked 9U4U on 17 meters on the first call on SSB with 100 watts. I also have a GAP challenger vertical which also works very well, and most times the antennas are comparable, but the dipole usually has a slight advantage on 40 and 80 meters.

I am in a restricted community, so the antenna is located in a heavily wooded area behind my house. It is 40+ feet up in a tree and the ends are as specified at about 45 degrees in an inverted vee. It is fed with about 150 feet of 9913 coax. I have the ends fitted with pulleys and weights to counter the swaying of the trees. This antenna is very robust, so I have little fear of it breaking.

Days after ordering the 300 watt version I had thoughts about buying an amplifier in the future. I returned the dipole unopened and ordered the 3 KW version. No hassle with the return to Buckmaster.

I feel I made a good choice.

AK4QR Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2012 19:30 Send this review to a friend
Love it!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Great performer! I do not use a tuner. I've had it installed at 23ft and now at 35ft. With SWR very low on all band except 15 is close to 2. I've talked all over the world with it. Using up to 1kw when needed. Only small issue is it's a little noisier than my Mosley 33 but I think that's just the nature of wire antennas. Or could be that it's minted on a mast attached to the house and the beam is 250ft away from everything

Being a new ham I have nothing to compare it to being better than other wire antennas but it does what I expect with no tuner!

W7CSD Rating: 5/5 Apr 16, 2012 10:28 Send this review to a friend
Fills the bill, couldn't ask for anything more...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I wanted a wire antenna for my station that would cover most of the HF bands without much tuning. I decided upon the Buckmaster OCF antenna for a couple of reason: First, I didn't like the shedding skin on the Alpha Delta antennas and I wanted something that didn't stand out in the yard. The Buckmaster did both. I am impressed with the construction and also with the performance so far.

Something I struggled with; how do I construct a nonmetallic standoff to keep the auto-transformer away from the tower? My solution was to get a fiberglass axe handle from the local home improvement store, paint it to something that didn't stand out and use a couple of "U" bolts to secure it to the tower. It's strong enough, works good and didn't cost much.

If I had to go out today and buy another antenna, I would definitely buy another Buckmaster OCF 7-Band antenna.
W6FG Rating: 3/5 Dec 20, 2011 08:13 Send this review to a friend
Works for a while...  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've used the KW model for a couple years now and at first I really liked it. But when the vswr went sky high on a couple of bands, I contacted Buckmaster. They told me to send mine back and they would give me a discount on a new one. Well, even with the discount it wasn't all that cheap! So I put the second one up. Now lately, I can't apply more than about 10 watts on 40M before my K3/Astron 35M shuts down; similar to my first experience with this wire.

It does seem to be well made. I guess because I used it on 30M and it's not advertised to work on that band, it's my fault that the balun burned out. I thought that something that looks that heavy duty could stand 100W CW on a non-resonant band. So, I'll not be buying #3 form Buckmaster! I'll be looking for another 'all band' type of wire to throw up. Maybe a G5RV or one of the other makes of OCF wires. If you use it ONLY on the bands it is cut for you might be OK, but I've given it two chances and that's enough for me.
KN2M Rating: 2/5 Nov 28, 2011 04:05 Send this review to a friend
A lamebrane packaged this antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
"Needs help" is a great description. I am pretty organized person and have been putting up antennas for 50 years now. I scouted out my property in August for installation. I had pull ropes up already in the selected tree. Everything was ready to go except the weather. It is now November, cold and wet. At least the leaves are off the trees and I can use my Chief AJ slingshot to put up the ends. I laid the antenna under the pull rope, attached the RG8X and quickly uncoiled the short end to measure the distance to my anchor point. All OK. I knew the long end did not need a measurement to the anchor so I started to pull the antenna up. Much to my horror, I noticed the long end was wound with a locking turn of wire just off the center insulator and it was impossible to uncoil it like the short end. The whole antenna had to be pulled through the locking loop of wire. There was no other way. This took me at least 20 minutes in the cold and rain. I was really frustrated due to the lack of attention to detail in the manufacture of this product. Once up, I noted that I was able to work some DX barefoot. My first QSO was a VP2M from New York on 80m CW. Not bad. In comparison to my other antenna, a SteppIR vertical, most stations are louder and stronger (40m) on the vertical which is about 30 feet away. Haven't used it on the higher bands too much for comparison. I listened to stations on 80 CW and the OCF is about 3 or 4 S-units stronger, which makes sense because the vertical does not have the 80m coil. The center of the OCF is about as high as the SteppIR is tall and the ends are about 10' just as the yellow diagram paper suggests. The VSWR matching seems to be fine on the bands too. So, no complaints about the performance.
K4RMH Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2011 06:55 Send this review to a friend
Solid Performer!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have this antenna mounted approximately 30 feet in the air in an inverted vee as suggested. SWR accrosss the bands is pretty much like advertised. DX calls made into Eurpoe, SA, etc. are clear and contact on the first call is almost guaranteed using only 100 watts..!
KK5GG Rating: 5/5 Sep 25, 2011 18:58 Send this review to a friend
Works Great Heavy Duty  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Works great and heavy duty. Great for higher wind locations when mounted in trees. I feed that baby w/250 ft of Terrawave 600DB coax and it handles 1500 PEP with no problem. It is 135' so it takes a little real estate to install it properly.
WA6VIU Rating: 2/5 Jun 14, 2011 07:59 Send this review to a friend
returned it and got my money back  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got this antenna after reading all the reviews. I mounted it per the detailed instructions that came with the antenna (more than advertised). Of the 7 bands only 40, 20, 17,12 would have an swr below 4.0. All others nearly pegged my needle on the MFJ antenna analyzer. Tried 3 different lengths of new coax on the antenna. Moved the legs.
If you are looking to switch bands without an antenna tuner this is not the antenna for you. Went back to my 2 G5Rv antennas and tuner. Cost way less and not as picky as to where you mount them. This product just costs too much for what you get. But if you have lots of cash and still want to use a tuner then buy one. It may work?
K4AJL Rating: 5/5 Apr 12, 2011 11:23 Send this review to a friend
very satisfied  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
could'nt be more satisfied. well made and covers all of 75/80 meters super bandwith.
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