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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | HI-Q PIRANHA 6R-160 Help

Reviews Summary for HI-Q PIRANHA 6R-160
Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $795.00
Description: The NEWLY developed PIRANHA series of Hi-Q Antennas are the
derivative of the Military On the Move HF mobile and fixed
station antennas
Product is in production.
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KU5R Rating: 5/5 Feb 11, 2019 01:41 Send this review to a friend
Very impressed  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Knowing that any mobile antenna on 80m and 160m would be very inefficient, I started looking for manufacturers that would actually publish the efficiency of their antennas . Not just promise the world (Already made this mistake on a portable mag loop). In comes Charlie at HiQ Antennas. He was very honest about the challenges I faced and recommended a package based on my intended installation. Yes they are expensive, Yes the 6-160 is large (in an awesome way) but once installed and set up per Charlie's instructions, I have been nothing but impressed. I set this antenna up hoping for success with NVIS and had the best success I had ever had and mobile too. I have had a couple of minor issues, and while Charlie was more than willing to take care of it under warranty, he went 1 step further and talked me through the repairs my self which in one case allowed me to have it ready for my vacation.

I can say that I have no regrets and fully recommend Charlie and his systems.
KB2ZVP Rating: 5/5 Jan 17, 2018 06:48 Send this review to a friend
THE BEST!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I'd like to offer my review of Hi-Q 6R-160. I am primarily a 160 operator and an avid mobile operator. I have always tried hard to produce a great mobile signal and on some occasions done a pretty fair job. However, I've never been able to do well on 160 at all. 160 is such a hard band to produce a good signal on that its almost not worth the effort. That is until I found my way to the HI-Q 6-160! I have made a huge effort to put out a good signal on 160 and finally my efforts have paid off. I have the antenna mounted in the back right corner of my pick up box where it's out of the way so I can still load 4x8 sheets of plywood or sheet rock if need be. I use 3 of the 1' rod above the coil and the a 3 lobe cap hat and that's it. Over all, the antenna is just 9' from the ground. No crazy tall whip! I can go through my bank drive through. I can even drive through the Mc Donald's drive through with no issues. As to the performance... I am as strong as many base stations in my area and have been called a liar over the air when I say I'm mobile. I always get GREAT signal reports with the antenna. Now, that being said, I should also report that I have 37 bond straps on my pick up and I run an als 500 watt amp. I drive the amp with 50 watts which gets me about 300-350 watts out. I travel a lot and use the antenna for hrs at a time and its never failed to get glowing reports.
As to the operation of the antenna, I just use a rocker switch that's mounted on the dash to tune the antenna from 10-160 meters. It's really a piece of cake to tune. The fact that it's internally tuned is a huge plus. I live in an extremely snowy area (Syracuse NY) and we get lots of ice storms to boot. I never have to worry about my antenna not being able to tune like you do with those screwdriver type contraptions. Now to say that I have tried MANY different antennas over the years is a gross understatement! From the screwdriver to the resonators to the home brew stuff, The HI-Q 6R-160 puts them all to shame! Some people say that the antenna is expensive...
WHAT A JOKE! How much would you expect to pay for an antenna tuner that can handle way more than 1500 watts and tunes from 10 - 160 meters that can be mounted at the base of your antenna? That's basically what you get with this antenna plus you have the best mobile antenna you can buy! I wish I had all the money back that I paid for all the junk antennas that I've tried over the years. I could have bought many HI -Q
I'd like to take a min to talk about Mr. HI Q.
Charley is a great guy and when I called him to order the antenna his wife had just passed. (I didn't know) I was planning a two day road trip and was dying to try out my Hi-Q antenna. I put in the order and asked if he wanted my cc number he said no just send a check please. I told him that I really wanted the antenna for my upcoming road trip and thought it would take too long for him to get my check and clear before he could send the antenna. Charley said "Randy your a ham and I'm a ham that makes us friends" He said the antenna is going out today and don't hurry with sending the check because he was flying out of country and it would probably be a month or more before he even deposited the check in his bank...
I have spoken to Charley a few times since then and every conversation has had the same feeling to me - I was just talking to a friend. With that, I will just say If your looking for the best antenna on the market buy a Hi-Q 6R-160 and install it the right way. It's the best bang for a buck that I've found in the Ham Radio antenna world.
Best 73
NCS- The Toad Harbor net - 1.930
VK4SX Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2016 04:50 Send this review to a friend
Breath taking   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
ok I have a few HI-Q antennas from 5 different model series of HI-Q, this is my second Piranha model,
the other PIRANHA is a 5" with the 40mm lower Stainless Steel mast, this is the NEW 6R-160 the ruggedized version of the 6-160 UNIT, and BOY I mean RUGGERED, this critter has a 2 1/2" lower mast section, everything is BIG about this 6R-160 series, substantially heavier then the 5R-160 By near 6 llbs, the WHIP connect and the WHIP FOLD OVER connector is of a much heavier design, the antenna oozes HI-Q quality, very very fine engineering with a classic HI-Q finish,
Performance wise, well, it speaks for it's self, you would need to be on the receiving end to appreciate the radiated signal, HUGE signal,
terrific on RX,
I mounted the 6R160 on a piece of 20mm solid ally bar, remember if you use BAR larger then 16mm, you will need to get a longer 1/2 " UNF hex stud,original stud is 2", I opted for the 2 1/2", terminated in three locations to the rear steel bumper of a Ford Ranger, I have a Pure Rubber BOA CONSTRICTOR (oil filter grip) as a stabliser/support, just under the massive coil , rock solid,
worth every Brass razoo,
Good luck
Dennis vk4sx

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