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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | DX Engineering DXE-AOK-DCF Help

Reviews Summary for DX Engineering DXE-AOK-DCF
DX Engineering DXE-AOK-DCF Reviews: 4 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $19.95
Description: Direct Coax Feed add-on kit for Hustler BTV HF vertical antennas
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N7WE Rating: 5/5 Feb 28, 2014 16:44 Send this review to a friend
A must have for Hustler  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
For me, the Direct Coax Feed Assembly is a "must have" for the Hustler BTV series of verticals. Can't imagine why Hustler makes these very nice verticals with such a silly means of connecting the coax. This assembly fixes that problem and makes the difficult to weatherproof standard Hustler connection into a clean (and easily disconnected!) SO-239/PL-259 connection. No more fussing with "pigtails" or splitting the coax into braid and conductor and soldering on terminals. Used with my 6BTV antenna, DX Engineering Radial Plate and DX Tilt Base, it completes a professional installation. Buy it! You'll be glad you did!
K2OO Rating: 5/5 Jul 26, 2010 05:54 Send this review to a friend
Worth every penny!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The kit to go from a pig-tail to direct SO-238 is easy to install and is very well constructed. If you buy a Hustler vertical, you should seriously consider buying this inexpensive kit.
K6JPA Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2008 19:47 Send this review to a friend
Nice Product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I use mine with a 4BTV. Very convenient to use and well built. Incidentally, I do have access to a machine shop. While I could have made an equivalent, for what it costs, I feel it is well worth what I paid for it and I recommend this item.
K5FH Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2008 10:25 Send this review to a friend
Works for its intended purpose  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The purpose of this product is to improve the already good design of the 4/5/6BTV series. One pet peeve a lot of BTV owners have is the lack of an SO-239 at the feedpoint. For most owners this isn't a problem because they attach the coax once and hardly ever have occasion to remove it. But for those of us who like to play around with antennas and feedlines or have to constantly disconnect/reconnect the coax from the antenna, this is a godsend.

In my case, the shortest and most direct path for the feedline to my antenna is across the back lawn. So I have to disconnect and reconnect at least once a week for lawn maintenance. Unscrewing a PL-259 is a lot easier and quicker than using a screwdriver at a 90-degree angle to remove a ring terminal.

I built a similar bracket about a year ago from aluminum angle and a panel-mount SO-239. It worked OK but was a bit flimsy. I recently replaced it with the DX engineering unit and, for $20, it's a real bargain for what it does.

I couldn't build it myself to the DXE design for $20 worth of materials. The plate is precision-cut, heavy-gauge stainless steel. Anyone who has worked with forming stainless steel, especially the thicker gauges, knows how tricky it is to bend without cracking. Also, the hole for the SO-239 is a punched D-hole (the D-hole design prevents the connector from rotating inside the bracket). Unless you have a decent machine shop at home with a multi-ton press brake and a heavy-duty punch press with the proper punch and die, there is no way you could duplicate this exact design, and especially not for the very reasonable $20 that DX Engineering charges.

The DXE design also includes all fasteners and associated hardware, and the pigtail from the SO-239 is pre-fabricated, soldered and weather-sealed. Their instructions are very good, also; the diagrams are clear and the instructions are very simple and easy to understand.

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