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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | CCD Antennas Help

Reviews Summary for CCD Antennas
CCD Antennas Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $189.95
Description: CCD means Controlled Current Distribution. This is a full wave dipole (or can be a long wire
style) that has a series of capacitors mounted along the wire on specially designed boards.
The capacitors allow us to have a impedance that is able to be matched to ladder line or baluns
while having an antenna about twice as long as a standard half wave dipole. Having a 230'
antenna resonant on 40 meters and 80 meters, or a 114' antenna on 20 and 40 that are fairly flat SWR wise provides
some enhanced results. The website has a lot of documentation about the CCD with how and
why it works so well.
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AA6SC Rating: 5/5 Aug 5, 2015 14:10 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding performance  Time owned: more than 12 months
Three of the 40-20-meter CCD dipole antennas we own perform well at two separate station locations with the third CCD acting as a spare. One is used daily, mostly on forty meters, with superb results. Often I serve as the "southern relay" for the Jefferson Noon Net mostly because the majority of participating stations can hear me, and I can copy them. There is a practical limit of 800 watts recommended by the manufacturer, which has not been a problem. We run 450 watts when needed in a pileup or under poor conditions, but most of the time 50 watts is adequate. The CCD antenna we use most is oriented with one leg pointing northwest, the other northeast. Results are impressive. The manufacturer, AI7R, Dave Kelley, stopped making these great antennas about a year ago as the copper-clad steel wire he had been using became unavailable. He is considering alternatives. Meanwhile, there are 291 CCD antennas out there, and those who have them will agree that the CCD is effective.
KF7VXA Rating: 5/5 May 20, 2014 19:55 Send this review to a friend
This Is The Best Dipole  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
A friend recommended the CCD antenna to me, said it was the best dipole ever. He was right on the money.
I got the 20/40 meter band version. The antenna is at just under 40', and inverted V with the ends at 25'.
I have been using a Gap Challenger vertical, which I still think is one of the very best verticals, but this CCD is 1.5 to 2 S units better at the receiving end and talk about quiet. The Gap is very quiet for a vertical, but with the CCD, I can hear faint stations that are in the noise with the vertical.
This antenna works best at 35' to 40'. No need to put it at 50' or 60', it won't work any better.
My highest SWR is 1.7 to 1, with 1.2 to 1 and 1.3 to 1 being average.
On 40 meters, I don't have to change the loading of my amplifier one bit. It's right on the same setting on the whole band. 20 meters requires very little change in loading.
The antenna is advertised as having 3 Db gain over a regular dipole. From signal reports, I have no doubt it has at least 3 Db gain over a regular dipole.
A regular contact always had me at 10 over 9 with my amp loaded on my vertical. With the CCD, I'm 20 over 9 plus.
The CCD smokes my Alpha Delta dipole, which has always been a darn good performer.
One note of caution, do not try to run the antenna with your amplifier set to the wrong band, it can smoke the capacitors (a few anyway).

All in all, for the money, this is by far the best dipole on the market. It will make you think twice before upgrading to a more expensive antenna. I don't think anything except a good yagi on a tower will beat this antenna, it's everything that is advertised and more.
I have a 600 watt amp, getting this antenna is better than going to a 1500 watt amp with the bonus of better ears, what more could you ask for under $200.00.
It radiates off of the entire antenna, which is one full wavelength long at 40 meters. You can bend it in the middle and have your signal go 360 degrees if you wish, or even put it at 6' to 10' and put out a great signal. If you have CC&R restrictions, here is your antenna. Easy to hide under the lip of a wood fence and still get great DX.
The boards with the caps are strong as can be. The wire is thick stranded S/S. You can pull this one as tight as you want and it won't break.
It comes with a 4 to 1 balun installed
I've never been happier with a low priced antenna than this one. A must have for anyone who cannot do a tower with a Yagi, it's the next best thing.

73's John KF7VXA
WA6JGM Rating: 5/5 Dec 2, 2013 11:27 Send this review to a friend
Very Good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had the 80/40 version for 4 years now and it really works great! If I can hear it, I can work it barefoot. Worked a ZS2 on 40 early in the evening and had a nice chat. Reports both way's 5-7 to 5-8.
The down side it's 235 feet long, but it is 2 S units quieter than my old G5RV. It is very well built and has survived quite a few severe thunder storm winds here. When this one finally dies, I'll be ordering another one.
KC5LVW Rating: 5/5 Jan 19, 2013 15:54 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm a second time CCD owner (40M version 1st time) and now have the 80/40 version. Replaced a Carolina Windom with this one at 50'. Smashing on 80 & 40M. No tuner needed where I operate. A little higher than I'd like at the upper end of 80M at about 2.1:1 but still not bad for such a big band. Outstanding TX & RX on 10, 15, & 20M. Doesn't do well on WARC bands by a 2-3 S-units ,vs a standard dipole. Not having to use a tuner or even fire the amp has been nice. She's a keeper.
AC0XU Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2012 06:51 Send this review to a friend
40/80 CCD is great!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I want to add a comment about SWR. At 6', running along 3 sides of my backyard fence, the untuned SWR on 75m ranges from 1.5 to 15. Doesn't sound too good, but none of my antennas tune as well with my ATU. With my Tokyo Hy-Power HC-200AT in the shack at the end of 150' of RG213, the SWR after tuning is 1.0 across the band. I rarely see it doing that well. The ATU has much less trouble tuning this antenna than any of my other antennas. I would think that an outdoor ATU mounted at the feed point would be even better.
WA6JGM Rating: 5/5 Feb 11, 2012 12:49 Send this review to a friend
Very good antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used the 80/40 version for 3 years now. The receive is quiet compared to a dipole. I have worked many DX stations (barefoot) on 80/40 meters that I could never hear on a dipole, maybe due to the quiet receive. I have used this antenna for field day running QRP and have had remarkable results with it. I have used it up at only 5 feet and it worked very well in a 1000 mile range plus the swr did not climb up too high at that height.
The down side; very long (235 feet), blow a capacitor and its done. Does not work well on harmonic operation, only the band they were designed for.
You can make bends in them if your lot is small plus no high voltage on the ends as typical with a dipole. If you are stuck having to use wire at your QTH give this antenna a second look. You can home brew one yourself Dave will sell you the boards and has a calculator on the site for design.
Bottom line for me, I'm glad I have one!

W2PJR Rating: 5/5 Jan 9, 2012 09:23 Send this review to a friend
Wow - Outstanding Antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I'l keep this review short because the CCD/20 is the simple the best wire antenna I've ever used. There really isn't much more to say. This antenna just works better than anything else on the market.
Three plus months and I'm continually impressed.
K6ATZ Rating: 5/5 Dec 9, 2011 14:42 Send this review to a friend
Eureka, it works!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If I had the room to do a shootout with a standard dipole at a good height, I never would have tried a CCDAntenna in the first place. Glad I did. I'm amazed at the performance of this design in limited space close to the ground. It works better than my previous shortened dipole, which I'll describe in this review, and that one was higher. I have the 230 foot 40/80 CCDAntenna installed along the top edge of a wooden fence here, on three sides of the backyard. I mounted it with Fi-Shock SC-70B electric fence standoffs ordered via, only six to eight feet off the ground, running past a few nearby (vertical, random, widely spaced) metal objects.

SWR: On 40 meters my RigExpert analyzer reported a 4:1 SWR at the feedpoint with the wire just lying on the ground! After mounting the antenna along the fence, at 6' on two sides of the yard and 8' on the last leg, and connecting 50' of coax plus other equipment and jumper cables, my radio sees under 2:1 throughout the 40 meter phone band. In the CW/data portion it's under 3:1, so the entire band is easily handled by my Icom's internal trimmer (a.k.a. tuner). On 75 it is also under 3:1, and although SWR rises as I go down in frequency from there, I can get the rig to tune almost the entire 80 meter CW/data range too, and there's always my external Palstar tuner. The Palstar can also tune this wire up on 30 and 60 meters - but not on 160, just thought I'd try that too.

Performance: My previous dipole was a 40 meter shorty with two resonators, mounted north-south at 35 feet. That one had a QSO range of about 400 miles (640 kilometers) in two directions. The CCDAntenna, at only 6 to 8 feet high around three sides of the house, is giving me a range of 900 miles (1450 kilometers) in all directions. This is not a NVIS situation - there are many myths about that, apparently - and I don't use this antenna for many local contacts. Any vertical should go farther, if I can figure out where to put one here, but it likely won't be as good as the CCD for regional ragchews across the western US. Whether this is a "quiet" or "noisy" antenna on receive really has more to do with your surrounding environment. Here in the heart of Silicon Valley high noise levels are the norm, and I've also got RFI problems on a few specific frequencies from nearby equipment that I may not be able to solve, so I am considering a small receive loop from Pixel or Wellbrook.

Quality: I ordered via the website and shipping was prompt. Construction is clean and strong, and includes a balun with an SO-239 connector. A spare capacitor board is included, just in case stuff happens. The antenna is officially rated for 800 watts but in the manufacturer's computer models it survives to 1.5 kW, and I can verify that it ignored my accidentally squirting a brief burst of 1 kW power into it. With the antenna at head height and close to houses I keep the power much lower of course.

I can only imagine what kind of DX I could work with the CCD at a decent height! Meanwhile this genius invention gets me on some low bands in ways no other antenna can. From here in Northern California, so far I've enjoyed armchair nighttime SSB and PSK31 QSOs to Colorado and handed out contacts in the Arizona QSO party when I'd otherwise have had to sit out the evening. Works for me. Not much to photograph in this case, but I'll try to post something via soon.
KI6KQJ Rating: 0/5 Dec 2, 2011 10:15 Send this review to a friend
last place in tx shootout  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
we did a side by side shootout on 75m
tx is almost 1-2 s under a dipole
rx is nice quite, because you cant hear any one under the fringe zone
sure is alot of work & cost of a less of an antnna
probly because it has to cupple & uncupple soooo many times
on good thing is it matched up nice
N3OJD Rating: 5/5 Nov 1, 2011 10:25 Send this review to a friend
SPECTACULAR PERFORMER  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've had the 20/40 CCD antenna up at 33' inverted vee for a couple of months and it's all good. The only down side is that I'd just rebuilt a Heathkit SB-200 and now I've got no use for it. I'm always barefoot and I get through first time in all but the very worst pileups -- Europe, Asia, or Australia.

Not only do I not need the amp but I've got three antenna tuners gathering dust. Been a ham 42 years and this is the real deal.

Love it. Don't need anything else.
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