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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | Outbacker Perth Plus Help

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Outbacker Perth Plus Reviews: 28 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $329
Description: HF, 6m, 2m mobile antenna
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KB0ETC Rating: 0/5 Jan 2, 2019 16:19 Send this review to a friend
Low Q, High Price, Zero Support  Time owned: more than 12 months
Poor performer and with a price tag off that that approaching the price tag of much better options. This antenna may have had it's heyday many years ago, just not these days. For the price you can buy every ham stick antenna with quick disconnect and perform a million times better on advertised bands. With this antenna, after changing the band tap, you'll have to adjust the stinger every band change. At lower frequencies, expect very narrow bandwidth. No email communications from Alpha Delta, the American dealer or from Terry in Australia. Absolutely no (read ZERO) after sales service or support. For the price of the antenna, mount and shipping you can buy a commercially made screwdriver antenna. Look elsewhere, this antenna is not even worth a look on their 1990's era web page and emails go to a black hole. Wrap wire on a fiberglass fishing pole, glue on banana plugs, solder wires, dip in gelcoat or simply heatshrink it and call it the Bushcomm antenna. Viola you have an Outbacker or Bushcomm. I think MFJ makes a similar antenna if you want to try a cheaper version.
SP9HZX Rating: 5/5 Jul 20, 2018 12:58 Send this review to a friend
Outbacker Perth  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'like to add something to my previous review.
This year I will have been using Outbacker Perth antenna for 23 years.
All this time the antenna is out of doors and works almost daily.Sometimes extreme weather conditions.
Nothing can be spoilt in it!
It still looks smart and works perfect.
I recommend strongly
W6ZKH Rating: 1/5 Sep 13, 2017 07:46 Send this review to a friend
No help from NA  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have phoned, emailed the NA contact in Ky and phone answer machine says "Alpha Delta, leave message.......". They never returned nor answered emails or phone calls. Also website listed in heading goes to a tree trimming company in VK-Land!!... I am looking for replacement for the Fly Lead in the antenna...guess I will have to fabricate my own. I am attempting to email the VK distributor now and see if that works. Picked this antenna up at a swapmeet and curious to see if it will meet my needs.
K4RCM Rating: 5/5 Aug 15, 2016 17:40 Send this review to a friend
Very good ant.  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is a very good ant. bought about 10 yrs ago at a hamfest , At first had a little trouble but found out it is were I put it on the truck , by tailgate no good tail gate caused hi swr , so I bought a cap for the back of my Dodge P/U and moved it so the top of ant was over the roof , and put 2 grounds on it , worked good made a cotact from Frackville,PA to Japan with 100 watts from my Icom 706 mgkII, moved it to my gmc van and it works great , on that van , I used it out side on a tripod too works great , I thank peter Ve3hoh for showing me were I made a mistake
W6VI Rating: 2/5 Sep 21, 2015 13:52 Send this review to a friend
works well but ZERO after the sale service  Time owned: more than 12 months
This antenna has worked well for me in fixed-portable usage on hotel room metal balconies using a "jaws" clamp mount from High Sierra products, and on Field Day using the Outbacker Outpost ground mount. However, don't buy an Outbacker antenna with the remotest expectation you can get any after-the-sale service. I've been trying for months to get a replacement knurled locking nut that secures the whip to the antenna body. This is a critical but very small part, and I inadvertently lost mine, without which the antenna is unusable. This must be a tapered metric interior threat inside the nut, which applies pressure to the collet at the top of the antenna body to secure it. An ordinary metric nut of the proper diameter and thread count does not apply sufficient pressure on the collet to secure the whip. I e-mailed the factory in Australia and was promised one by return mail many months ago. Numerous followup e-mails have generated no part and no e-mail reply after my first inquiry, wherein it was admitted spare parts stocks in the USA are in effect non-existent. I've been in e-mail contact with the USA distributor for Outbacker Antennas, but he is unable as of yet to come up with one (not his fault). The absence of this one part has made my investment in an expensive antenna worthless. Let the buyer beware...
W9GB Rating: 4/5 Apr 17, 2012 10:05 Send this review to a friend
FACTS  Time owned: more than 12 months
Outbacker Antennas - North America

When properly installed the various models of the Outbacker Mobile Series provide truly outstanding performance with extreme versatility. For example, consider the model STEALTH PLUS. This is a single whip, only 4 feet long, that covers 75 through 10 meters Plus 6 and 2 meters. This antenna is no larger than a VHF/UHF colinear whip and is perfect for the new HF transceivers that also cover 6 and 2 meters. The model PERTH PLUS has the same features in a 6 foot length off eri ng improved performance where this extra length can be accommodated.
For those seeking maximum mobile performance through the HF ranges, the model PERTH offers the highest performance. It has a 4 foot shaft with a 3 foot stinger and its performance from 75 through 10 meters is truly outstanding as it is optimized for HF operation. All Outbacker models are designed for severe weather and mobile vibration applications and offer years of trouble free service.

PERTH PLUS Instructions

Outbacker North America, Inc.
214 Second Street
Manchester, KY 40962
KH6DC Rating: 1/5 Sep 11, 2010 15:44 Send this review to a friend
Save Your Money  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ok antenna. Low signal out on 2m to local repater with lots on noise on my tranmission. When switched to the Larsen glass mount dual bander, full quieting and high signal. HF it's a waste of time. I get a 22 report checking into the local inter-island net. When I switch to a 40m Hamstick, my signal's changed to 59+20. Convenient band switching but no worth the high price. It's now my son's pretend fishing pole. Now my HQ Screwdriver antenna, that's a different level altogether.
WY3X Rating: 1/5 Sep 11, 2010 07:34 Send this review to a friend
Works well, but pray it doesn't ever break!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got one of these in brand new. A couple of months later, the whip flew out on the highway somewhere. You can't buy the correct replacement whip from Outbacker, they simply aren't available. (Or at least that's what I was told by their U.S. rep. a few years ago). I tried a slightly larger whip, and had to pry the lips apart on the collet ever-so-slightly to get it to fit, and one of the prongs snapped off! Basically $350.00 flushed down the toilet. Shipping back and forth to Australia costs too much to make it worth getting fixed. I've held onto the antenna for five years hoping the parts situation would improve, but no joy. Somebody told me the U.S. rep is now Alpha-Delta, but there is no mention of Outbacker on their website. I guess it's time to pitch this white elephant in the trashcan, but I'm going to try one more time to get parts and get it repaired. -WY3X
WA2EGP Rating: 5/5 Sep 27, 2009 22:18 Send this review to a friend
Nice multiband mobile antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Since there is no regular Perth category I'm reviewing it here.

I obtained a used Perth since too many people were hitting my bumper mounted High Sierra with their car. It came without a "stinger" so I got a piece of 3/32 stainless steel rod and used that instead. I mounted it on a ball mount with heavy duty spring on the trunk lid of my compact car.

So far, I've found it to be as good as my High Sierra. SWR is fine on 40 and up, under 1.2:1 across the phone band on 40, same across the whole band on higher bands (not quite all of 10). 75 shows normal limited bandwidth and is not quite in the phone band with the stinger in its present position. Going to use a little "shorted turn" trick to move it up so the stinger will not have to be moved for any band.

As far as those who have SWR problems, it could be due to using the wrong taps (there are two on the bottom) or forgetting to use the ground tap (it has a built in matching section). Changing the number of turns on the wander lead did not seem to change the resonance much.

Overall, it's build very well, having taken a few tree branch hits and a low drive ATM roof with no noticeable damage.

Once you get it set up, it's a great antenna to use. That's why I give it a 5. A little pricy new but I got mine used so it was reasonable for me. Hope to get the Plus soon so I can review that too.
N0AH Rating: 4/5 Jun 6, 2009 21:23 Send this review to a friend
@nd Outback FB like 1st-  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is my second Outback antenna. I got my first one at the Dayton convention in 1995. Lasted 8 years. This was the Outback Jr. It worked the world and so far, the Perth Plus has gotten off to a good start. First QSO from Denver was with KH6CB registering 59 and that was before I really had a chance to ground the antenna. I just ran a 1/2 inch ground strap from the car chassis to the fly lead (The antenna ground wire...not all that well explained in manual which is really so-so). Works FB. Not sure why some have complained but my guess is that they may not have extended the stinger out completely. I bought this used. Using three foot magnetic roof mount. Needs an improved manual or I would give it a 5......
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