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Categories | Antenna parts, accessories, incl. baluns, hardware, etc. | DX Engineering misc antenna components/parts Help

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K8AZ  Rating: 5/5 Aug 21, 2002 09:09  Send this review to a friend!
High quality antenna parts  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
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DX Engineering produces a product line of hard-to-find antenna parts, all made of the best quality materials and utilizing thoughtful engineering design. The product line includes stainless steel saddle clamps, boom-to-mast plates (6061-T651 aluminum, pre-drilled), insulated element-to-boom brackets (replacing the old KLM design with a greatly-enhanced, stronger and better-engineered design), pre-drilled aluminum element-to-boom plates, stainless steel hose clamps, boom support systems, etc. The prices are not cheap, but IMHO are more than reasonable given DXE's use of first-class materials and innovative design tested by years of in-the-air experience.

Each of the products I have purchased exceeded my expectations when received. For example, the saddle clamps utilize a machined aluminum block of the correct curve, giving immeasurably more contact with the mast (and, thus, more holding power and less focused stress on the mast or boom) than the standard "muffler-clamp" style that manufacturers provide. The insulated element-to-boom brackets use a double clamp mechanism with a bolt, instead of the KLM worm screw hose-clamp design, and have substantially more strength and holding power, making them ideal for big elements, even in high stress environments.

The web site is easy to use, and shipping was same-day and followed by an e-mail with a tracking number.

The company is owned by Paul, NO8D. Paul is a DXer who has quietly built a number of "super stations" with custom-designed home-brew antennas. (The picture of 6 stacked long-boom log periodics on a 200' rotating tower that appears on the web site is one of Paul's current arrays. Others include 4/4/4 full size 40m yagis on a 200' tower, a 5-tower vertical array for 160m, and other large custom designed and built projects to come.) Paul is a treasure trove of information about both antenna design and how to construct antennas to stay up, and he responds to e-mails promptly.
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