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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | Workman UV-325 Help


Reviews Summary for Workman UV-325
Workman UV-325 Reviews: 5 Average rating: 2.6/5 MSRP: $16.00
Description: Dual-band NMO Antenna
Freq Range 144-148 MHz and 440-450 MHz
VHF Gain 2.7 dB
UHF Gain 5.5 dB
150 Watts
36 1/2" Overall Length
(also sold with 3" NMO mag mount as UV-325MM)
[also see reviews here under "Workmen UV-325]
Product is in production.
More info: http://workmanelectronics.com/htmdocs/uv325.htm
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KB1TXK Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2011 06:39 Send this review to a friend
I don't get it...this thing is great  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I don't understand why others are having issues. My antenna works just fine, tunes fine, receives fine. It bends but doesn't stay bent. The coil hasn't melted, nothing is rusting.

So yeah...apparently if you want this antenna to work correctly, follow these steps:

1) Remove antenna from package
2) Install antenna on mount
3) Connect cable to radio
4) Push buttons and talk

 
KD0NFF Rating: 2/5 Jan 25, 2011 07:49 Send this review to a friend
Not awful, but not great either  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Seems fairly well-constructed, but even with trimming I could not get the swr below 2.1:1 on certain parts of 2m. Not suitable for my needs..
 
N4FDG Rating: 2/5 Feb 27, 2008 18:34 Send this review to a friend
It is weak!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Not too good. With little effort, I could turn this thing into a pretzel. Mine lays down in the wind at highway speeds. This antenna is weak and certainly not made for driving down a tree lined road. Buy something else a little more substantial.
 
KB3CS Rating: 2/5 Feb 27, 2008 15:51 Send this review to a friend
not as durable as I expected  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Now that I've had this a while and have been driving down the highway with it on a 3" dia. mag mount,
I noticed it developed a kind of "windswept" look. The antenna had developed a curve from base to tip.

Turns out the antenna whip itself is _bendable_ !!

It doesn't spring back to straight - it must be made of some sort of mild stainless.

It can be bent back to straight by hand.. but this just shouldn't ever be necessary in my humble opinion.

On the other hand, it weathered mildly and has kept its tuned VSWR. No problem with 50W.
Oh well. I will eventually replace this with something made of more durable material.
 
KB3CS Rating: 2/5 Oct 21, 2007 09:36 Send this review to a friend
functional but needs tuning  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Out of the vinyl sleeve, the stock 35" overall length resonates below both the 2m and 70cm bands.

I measured the VSWR at 2:1 on 70cm and >2.5:1 on 2m. Not good.

After trimming 0.75" off the bottom section, the 70cm VSWR dropped to <1.5:1. Excellent.

After trimming 2.75" (!!) off the top section, the 2m VSWR dropped to <2:1. Tolerable.

70cm VSWR was not noticeably affected by the shortened top section.

The tuned overall length is now 31.5" and I'm not certain the antenna really is designed to be 1/2 wave on 2m and 2x5/8 wave on 70cm as the gain spec would imply.
 


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