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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Yagi, Quad, Rotary dipole, LPDA | Bencher Skylark 12-17M Yagi Help


Reviews Summary for Bencher Skylark 12-17M Yagi
Bencher Skylark 12-17M Yagi Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $850.
Description: Duoband WARC band yagi for 12 and 17M. Full sized elements with single feed. Specifications:
NEC4 Free Space Gain: 17 meters 7.95 dBi, 12 Meters 7.75 dBi (See Plot, BELOW)
Front to back: 17 meters 21 dB, 12 Meters 24 dB
Wind loading: 6.5 Square feet.
Longest element 27 8
Turning radius: 16
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.bencher.com/ham/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=31&zenid=4c63a2a69cb1629ee496efab031e9b1a
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W6NV Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2011 11:56 Send this review to a friend
Monobander Performance - Good Value  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I had been looking for a high performance antenna WARC band antenna with low-maintenance characteristics and long-life potential. I was lucky to be an early user of the Bencher Skylark where the 12-17M WARC band yagi is mounted at 60 feet and stacked below a Bencher Skyhawk. Observations:
- Mechanical design, fit and finish are of the highest quality.
- Lightweight and strong.
- Monobander performance: pattern and gain verified in field tests.
- Flat SWR measured at less than 1.4:1 at band edges.
- Stacking with Skyhawk at 7-feet or less possible with 90-degree orientation to eliminate interaction observed on 15M band.
- High power choke balun supplied.

On the air performance is excellent. Tests to a near-by mountain top with 3-degree horizon, and stations across the US and Hawaiian Islands provided pattern measurements that confirmed design data. Over 100 countries were worked this winter in less than 3 months on 18.1MHz. and the Skyhawk proved to be a band opener on 24MHz as well.

I believe the Bencher Skylark and other Bencher antennas to be a good value.
 


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