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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | AR-270 Dual Band Ringo 2m/70cm Help

Reviews Summary for AR-270 Dual Band Ringo 2m/70cm
AR-270 Dual Band Ringo 2m/70cm Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $95
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N9XGZ Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2001 09:48 Send this review to a friend
surprising antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
The AR-270 has been a great antenna. Mounted with an eave mount and 5 ft mast, I've used this antenna for communications with MIR and amateur satellites. More than once, when using the MIR UHF as a repeater, I've had conversations with other hams using beams with active tracking, and have had to forward photos of my setup to prove I wasn't joking about using an omnidirectional. The only "issue" was the loss of signal when MIR would go null when directly overhead (about 20 second signal loss).
This is the antenna I'm planning on using when Shep starts going CQ from the ISS. And it has been great at monitoring the ISS on both the VHF ham frequecies and NASA VHF on 143.625.

If you are looking for a good, all around antenna, give this one a look. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
W9JCM Rating: 4/5 Feb 13, 2001 00:52 Send this review to a friend
good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have had this antenna for about 8 mo. its mounted on a 5 foot mast on my back fence about 10 feet up. Works good doenst detune in ice . Its better than a jpole.
KB9WPV Rating: 5/5 Sep 18, 2000 00:43 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding performance  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Excellent performance for the price. Mine is on a gable mount and only on a 5 ft mast which takes the antenna only 4 ft above the roofline. Wow! I can key repeaters up in another state on only 10 watts! Highly recommend use of RG-8U coax for minimal signal loss. A great value for the money.
IK2SAI Rating: 5/5 Jul 29, 2000 17:18 Send this review to a friend
Great Packet and or Repeater antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
All antennas are designed with specifical compromises...
This Ringo is running with no fault since october 1992 and i found it's great for what it was designed for.
Do you need a rock-solid packet and or repeater antenna? Do you have wind problem? Are you looking for a VERY small dual band antenna?
This is ok for you.
It doesn't show a dramatic gain but it works great if you are in the range up to 75 miles from your correspondent.
I use it with a dualbander kenwood tm702 with 30 watt on both V/Uhf.
I know this antenna is extremely cheap in the US... not so in Italy (about 100-120 $ right now).
Easy to erect and good owners manual.
Very good swr ratio.
Absolutely no rain effect.
Just like a rock.

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