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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Cobra Ultralite Senior by K1JEK Help

Reviews Summary for Cobra Ultralite Senior by K1JEK
Cobra Ultralite Senior by K1JEK Reviews: 16 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $$125
Description: 140 Ft (70 ft a side) Wire antenna fed with Twin-Lead
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KD2KBU Rating: 5/5 Apr 22, 2016 13:53 Send this review to a friend
Good Antenna-works well on all bands  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is my first HF antenna. I use it with a Yaesu FT-450D. The Cobra Ultralite Sr works with the rigs internal antenna tuner on all bands from 160 to 6. I live in NY and have QSL's from Belgium to Hawaii.
I would recommend installing it with bungee cords or some other means of providing slack. I tied it in a fixed location in the trees and it worked great until another, big tree fell on it in a windstorm. Had it been installed with some give, I could have re-hung it. Instead, I have ordered another.
Also, Joe was fantastic with his customer service- both before and (more importantly) after the sale. I highly recommend this antenna.
K8CPA Rating: 5/5 Oct 28, 2015 12:40 Send this review to a friend
Still working great a year later!  Time owned: more than 12 months
In a previous review, I said I had this antenna up for three years. Oops!

It's been up for about a year now. No issues at all. Still works great.

I highly recommend it. 8-D

NU1O Rating: 1/5 Sep 6, 2015 09:23 Send this review to a friend
Not very robust  Time owned: more than 12 months
Somewhere in the advertisement it says this antenna was designed to survive New England winters. Well, I live in New England (Mass) and I've had two Cobra Seniors fall apart during the past few winters.

Last winter the plastic center section split in two. During another winter one of the legs broke off.

I don't understand the need for the folded wire because they claim it brings resonance down to only 2.8 Mhz so it's still not resonant for 160 and a transmatch is needed for all bands.

I bought a commercial product for convenience but it was frustrating see two of these fail during pretty normal New England winters.

I'm in the process of ordering parts to build my own antenna for this year's low band DX season. For the price of this antenna an amateur can buy a lot of copper wire, a few insulators, a center connector, some rope, and some coax or ladder line with the benefit of actually learning something about antennas.

I can't recommend this product.
KB2THD Rating: 5/5 Jun 4, 2015 11:36 Send this review to a friend
Great for MARS use also  Time owned: more than 12 months
Love the antenna.
The customer service could not be better.
I am using it for MARS work and it seems to do the job better than any other wire antennas I have used. Joe(K1JEK) takes personal interest when dealing with customers.
NI1S Rating: 5/5 May 28, 2015 07:51 Send this review to a friend
Quick Easy Effective  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Purchased at Marlboro, Mass. flee market just at last minute before he was leaving. After over thinking about purchasing product I'm GLAD I bit the bullet. I put this antenna up with the assistance of a Lazer line approximately 90 feet in the air. I like to operate every thing in the KISS mode. Keep it simple stupid. This antenna is just that. EASY to put up. I have only been concentrating on 20 meters, barefoot. This is only because of all the activity holding me there. My reports are 5/9 from the Netherlands to California with 5/4 into JA land. Plus I'm not working from the greatest locations. I can't recommend this antenna enough. Just put it up and work the bands.
K8CPA Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2014 17:42 Send this review to a friend
Updated Review!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
In my previous review, I said the antenna will not work very well on 160.

I have egg on my face too! It helps if you use the tuner properly. (D'oh!)

It works quite well on 160 meters. When I did my review, it was still in the summer months; when 160 meters is noisy and basically unusable.

Well, now it is 20 degrees F. and there's snow on the ground! I think that qualifies as winter! 8-)

Anyhow, I use the antenna on 1.895 on the "Everyday net" almost every night. I also use it to check into other frequencies on 160 as well; when the band is good. The truth is, you can be on a full way loop and if the band is band, you'll be lucky to work across the street!

So, 5 stars for this antenna. If you've got the real estate put this up; you won't be sorry!

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