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Reviews Categories | Antenna Switching, Phasing, Controllers | workman cx-3 Help

Reviews Summary for workman cx-3
workman cx-3 Reviews: 18 Average rating: 1.6/5 MSRP: $approx.20.00
Description: coaxial antenna switch
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K2OWK Rating: 3/5 Mar 8, 2011 14:09 Send this review to a friend
Fair switch if modified  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am giving this antenna switch another review. I have been using mine for a few months now. I have had no problems with it. I use a 100 watt transmitter. I do not think it would handle 1 KW, but I have not tested it for this. While the wiring is standard stranded wire it is a very short run and within the switch, and should make no difference in power transfer. It makes no difference in VSWR. In the way back days we used a knife switch to transfer antennas without problems. The only thing I did was to modify position three with RG8X coax to allow me to use this position for 6 meter operation. The switch is OK and I have had no mechanical problems with this switch.
K8HRO Rating: 1/5 Feb 3, 2011 13:34 Send this review to a friend
Not worth even $10  Time owned: more than 12 months
One look inside will tell you this switch is not meant for transmitting. Isolation is non-existent. Plain hookup wire is used for the connections and the wires are too long and poorly dressed. The switch would probably be fine for a receive only setup which is the only reason I gave it a 1 rating instead of a zero. I don't trust it for transmitting. It's rated at 1000 watts! Give me a break!
K2OWK Rating: 2/5 Dec 8, 2010 21:55 Send this review to a friend
Needs rewire to be good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I just bought one of these before reading the reviews on it. I opened the case after reading the reviews, and they are correct. The internal wiring is just insulated stranded wire, but for $10.00 you get 4 UHF connectors a nice switch and a good case. With some rework you can have a good inexpesive antenna switch. Replace the wire with RG-8X coax using the center conductor to the center of each connector throught the switch. Connect the shield to the connector ground of each UHF connector do not connect the other side of the shield and bring the unconnected shield as close to the center attchment as possible without shorting it. The switch will now have good isolation and handle about 300 watts. and will work to 100 MHZ or so.
N5VEG Rating: 1/5 Aug 25, 2010 09:07 Send this review to a friend
Very Poor  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
A local ham friend of mine got me a new Opek model CX-3 1000Watt coax switch at a recent hamfest. I hooked up the switch to my 10,20 and 80 meter antennas with my Yaesu 857D running at 75 watts. Well, it didn't tune up correctly on 80 meters exhibiting a very high SWR which the tuner could not lower. I tried it on 10 meters and it's tuned with a 1.8 SWR but power was reduced significantly according to my Siltronics watt meter. A look inside shows small gauge wire and hasty routing and soldering of same. This leads me to believe that in spite of the switch setting, RF is leaking to the other two antennas. It is labeled at 1000watts but it can't handle 75! It would probably glow in the dark at 1000 or just go "POOF"!

I am disappointed in this product and my friend is embarrassed!

Avoid at any price!
K8OCN Rating: 1/5 Jan 7, 2010 21:57 Send this review to a friend
Gave mine away  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I should have known better.
This switch shows "You only get what you pay for"

I broke down, spend the money and purchased Alpha Delta switches. Good investment and I am sure they will outlast me!

W2PSK Rating: 0/5 Jan 7, 2010 19:46 Send this review to a friend
STAY AWAY!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this switch off of Ebay, only looking at the price tag. I intended to use it to switch between my FT-857D and a CB. When I tried using my FT-857D on 52.525 through this switch, the power was reduced to 50w. Extended keying down on this frequency also appeared to heat up the switch. I've scraped this POS and went with an MFJ 4 pos switch (MFJ-1704). I should really know by now that cheap price isn't always good.
KG4CYX Rating: 0/5 Jun 10, 2009 10:03 Send this review to a friend
Fail.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This antenna switch violates nearly every possible law of RF design. Losses and crosstalk will be incredible above VHF. The unit will likely flash over LONG before you approach its supposed 1000 watt rating!

The wiring inside the switch is excessively long and sloppy lengths of 18 gauge PVC insulated wire with really melty, burnt insulation, like you'd find in a bad Chinese lamp. In places, it runs right together, ensuring nice capacitive coupling to unused ports!

The switch itself is a rather awful little rotary switch that is not designed for RF use. The contacts are diagonal strips of metal that sit very close and parallel to each other - that's right, more capacitive coupling. A proper antenna switch has a lot more separation!

What would this switch be good for? Switching between different signal sources to an HF *reciever*. What is this switch not good for? ANYTHING ELSE. This thing's likely to flashover and take our your transmitter, or feed signal from a transmitter right into a receiver and blast it to bits.
VE7REN Rating: 3/5 Feb 1, 2009 10:23 Send this review to a friend
ummm well??  Time owned: more than 12 months
i agree these are not the greates switches.i own 2. both are for 2 meter rigs,and work ok. the little ball bearing inside falls out the race sometimes,so i took it apart and greased it with dielectric grease.,and now it works ok,but it does bleed over into other postions. if i have it in the off position,you can still hear signals easily. for 10$ ok. spend extra and get a good switch
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