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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Alpha Delta DX-CC Help

Reviews Summary for Alpha Delta DX-CC
Alpha Delta DX-CC Reviews: 109 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $119
Description: 82' No Trap 80 thru 10 Dipole.And it is great ALL bands. This includes 12, 17, and 30.
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W6CAW Rating: 1/5 Nov 28, 2015 07:53 Send this review to a friend
5, really?  Time owned: more than 12 months
I can only assume I bought a dud as a 5 is out of the question for this home made antenna. Seeing how it was constructed out of #12 house wire and magnet wire coils wound on PVC pipe I built one just like for almost nothing. The fancy ISO center insulator cracked in 3 years. I love their switches but their wire antennas are way over priced.
WB4TJH Rating: 5/5 Nov 27, 2015 18:25 Send this review to a friend
Made mine into an ALL bander  Time owned: more than 12 months
I changed mine from an 80/40 meter duobander to an ALL bander by removing the coax center connector and installing a Ladder-Loc center connector for 450 ohm balanced feedline. It works VERY well with my Palstar manual tuner with built in 4:1 balun. Now I have an 80-6 meter, all band antenna. Try it.
W6GQR Rating: 5/5 Aug 3, 2015 14:34 Send this review to a friend
Bonus 60M Coverage  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have found recently that the DX-CC is even more versatile than advertised. Shorting out the 80M resonating inductors in the main (82') element transforms it into a full size, wide bandwidth, coax fed dipole for 60M.

In my installation, with alligator clip jumpers shorting out the inductors in each leg, the wire resonates at about 5450 KHz or a bit above the top CW channel of the 60M band. This is close enough, given the 400+ KHz bandwidth of the modified wire, to allow all five channels to be used with low SWR. Each installation will differ, but if the wire is found to resonate higher than mine did, resonance can easily be lowered by adding an (experimentally determined) short tuning stub to each end of the 82" element.

In my case, with the DX-CC installed in inverted-vee configuration as recommended by Alpha-Delta, the inductors are accessible with a short step-ladder making clipping and unclipping the jumpers a simple process.

AD5HD Rating: 5/5 Jul 7, 2015 18:52 Send this review to a friend
Amazing  Time owned: more than 12 months
Installed at about 30-32ft high as an inverted vee with the ends at eight feet and spanning a roughly 80ft distance between end points where the dacron rope is attached. Not exactly the easiest thing to assemble but once I figured out how to use radial staples to hold the wires in location as the spacers were placed and the wire pieces were wound on to fix their locations, assembly was much faster. Once in the air it was fairly easy to tune the 80m end lengths to 75m by looping back and winding the wire on itself. Used a current balun from DXE at the base but grounding it makes the CIA-HF read a very noisy signal but lifting the ground connection from the balun to the ground rod eliminates it. The mfg suggests a balun is unnecessary but it doesn't seem like a good idea. Regardless it works with it inline, grounded or not. VSWR is low across the bands as claimed with the exception of 80m, also as claimed. No issues, no surprises. This antenna is built like a freakin tank, too. Never thought spending good money for a wire antenna would be a smart thing to do but after fighting G5RV Jr designs and other assorted wastes of time it's a steal at twice the price as far as I'm concerned. At 500W PEP on 20m it boomed into the Bahamas from North TX during a winter afternoon and received just as clearly. Never have had a problem using it on 15m either although I don't work 12m or 10m so no observations there. It's a well engineered antenna that will perform exactly as claimed if installed as described in the instructions.
K2II Rating: 1/5 May 25, 2015 06:42 Send this review to a friend
Can you say "compromise?"  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Before I purchased the DX-CC, I read the reviews which swayed me to spend $160. for a pile of wires.
After two months of battling with this antenna, I have decided the DX-CC is a miserable concession and the claims are dubious.
The major problem is the remarkable narrow bandwidth of 15, 20, 40 and 80. There is perhaps not even 100Kc of bandwidth which includes 3:1 SWR. 80 meters is the worst with only about 50 Kc of bandwidth. The lowest SWR I can obtain at one very tight frequency of 15KC or so is 1.7:1. Then SWR very rapidly SOARS to unusable levels.
I have the antenna in a 90 degree 'V' configuration with the center 35' high.

If you buy this wire antenna, you better also buy an antenna tuner as well. Otherwise, the Alpha Delta is a frustrating almost useless contraption.
N0FPE Rating: 5/5 Feb 21, 2015 20:53 Send this review to a friend
work fine on my lot  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have a medium size city lot and this antenna fits just fine running corner to corner of the back yard. It is run flattop from my tower to the far back corner where there is a 30ft mast. works WAY WAY WAY better than the slinky dipole I had up for a few years. I have had the DX-CC up for 5 years now and it has not suffered any cracking of damage from the extreme heat here in AZ. I took it down last fall can checked all the connections and coils..and right back up it went. I have to give it a A+ in my application..
N4ZBO Rating: 1/5 Feb 21, 2015 13:51 Send this review to a friend
Not for city lots  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I Hate to bash this antenna as i have heard many of them in use on the air. that was what made me buy this one....
How ever. they have many limitations in a tight city lot. So if you have a bunch of open room with no trees on shades or an r/v in the back yard or even a very large place to use it....
As this antenna was made for wide open spaces i beleave that it needs a redo to fit in a small space in mind with the average back yard that more than have a shed or two in it....... i hope to sale to recover some of my money back out of it... such a disappointment well guess not antennas work every where just wish i would have found that out first.. the adds sure don't say much.....
KC8ZBU Rating: 4/5 Jan 29, 2015 07:40 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna, Would recomend to anyone   Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Well its been about 3 months since i have gotten my Alpha Delta DXCC antenna. Now that i have used it for awhile and had moved it about 10 foot higher than my last review i can say that it tunes 6 through 80 with no problem. Definately better by far than my 120 foot end fed and G5RV by leaps and bounds on transmit and recieve. Would definately recomend to anyone.
W3SCA Rating: 5/5 Nov 12, 2014 04:55 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I replaced a G5RV that I was unhappy with, with the Alpha Delta DX-CC and I can say this is one nice antenna! In the month it has been up, I have now worked over 30 countries with this antenna. It tunes well and works as advertised. I have it centered at 38 feet in a tree and the ends were at 6' off the ground, but it was causing the 80mtr portion not to tune so I raised the ends to 15' and it works perfectly now.
KB3TSS Rating: 5/5 Nov 4, 2014 18:58 Send this review to a friend
Very good fan dipole  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had my DX-CC up for about 18 months now and am very pleased. Rough winter weather has not been an issue. It is a fan dipole so care is necessary in tuning. Had a question about mounting height for an inverted v and called on a Saturday morning. My call left on their answering machine was returned in 10 minutes and answered by one of the hams that designed and builds the antenna. Understand this is a shortened multi band dipole and you will be very satisfied with it's performance. I have not had any issues running power with the DXCC either. Over all the best dipole I have used.
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