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Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | DX Engineering Multi-Band Dipoles Help

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WB4TJH  Rating: 5/5 Dec 13, 2013 13:03  Send this review to a friend!
The kit saves money  Time owned: more than 12 months
Any standard dipole will give you same results, but the nice thing about the DX Engineering dipole kit is that by buying the kit, you save money over buying the same parts individually. You get 100 feet of heavy duty 300 ohm ladderline, which has less surface area than 450 ladderline, thus much less ice and windloading. You also get a very sturdy center unit for connecting the feedline and the antenna wire, plus stainless steel nuts and bolts. The antenna wire is PVC coated and very strong. So for less money than you would spend if you purchased it all one piece at a time, you get a simple to assemble dipole that stands up in all weather conditions. It won't perform any worse or better than any other properly made dipole, but with the balanced feedline plus a good antenna tuner and balun, you will have an all band antenna system with virtually NO loss, that will show gain on the higher bands. The only downside is that on the higher bands, you will get multiple lobes, possibly in directions other than you want to radiate. But for a true, all band antenna system, a dipole fed with balanced feed line is superb. Mine is the 135 foot version, and it works well 80 thru 10 meters, with almost no loss in the system. I have been using this type of antenna for the past 40 years, and it is by far the best bang for the buck you can build or buy in a one antenna for all bands type system.  
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