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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | Arrow OSJ Model J146/440 Help

Reviews Summary for Arrow OSJ Model J146/440
Arrow OSJ Model J146/440 Reviews: 175 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $39.95
Description: Dual-band aluminum j-pole
Wtih better quality SO239 - 3/8-24 Connector. Better Threads and a more precise hole size for the PL259 connection. As of 4-10-05 All OSJ's will have the new connector.
Product is in production.
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W8IJN Rating: 5/5 Apr 26, 2019 21:10 Send this review to a friend
Works great (I have two of 'em)  Time owned: more than 12 months
I like Arrow Antenna products. They're sturdy. They're inexpensive. You can get parts. They work.
. . . That said, this is the OSJ J146/440second dual band Jpole antenna that I have bought & installed. One is outside on a 30ft pole in the back yard. It's about six or maybe eight years in service, most of that outside. It works great on 2m and on 70cm. I can hit all the local and a few distant (50 miles) repeaters. I can hear people in cars some 20 miles away.
. . . The second one, just installed recently, is stuck on a chunk of aluminum stub screwed to a cross beam in the attic of my 2 storey house. That puts it about 25 ft in the air under the wood & shingles of the roof. It gets out and hears just about as well as the one on the pole.
. . . Both antennas worked low SWR out of the box on both band ranges. The UHF end is a bit more flat than the VHF and the one outside is a bit lower on 2m SWR than the insider. But the insider is low enough for me (1:1.6).
. . . Now you may ask why I have one inside when I already have one outside. Simple: Weather gets bad, that outsider is gonna take the first hit. (Same as the nearby 30ft tower.) I figure the one inside is less likely to get blammoed. I may be dreaming or delusional or have joined a sci-fi cult, but that's my logic.
. . . I have two very nice, solidly built 2 band VHF/UHF antennas and I'm happy with 'em both. Which is not delusional.
KA0USE Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2018 19:44 Send this review to a friend
very nice antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
what do you write about something that has no moving parts?
aesthetically pleasing. ( well, it's a start! )
i have had mine for ~10 years with no problems.
i have had to replace the cable a few times due to weather.
mounted to a bathroom vent pipe on the roof.
a relative has 3 of them. we should buy stock in the company. 2 of them were used, from hamfests. he may try to phase them; i don't know... at any rate he's had the used ones longest and got his new one about the same time i did.
there is no tuning out of the box. only takes a few minutes to assemble. great, very easy project for you and kids. wear some eye protection- it's easy to poke yourself in the eye with the middle length element.
the elements are solid, not hollow.
if you want to put a tuner on it, ok, but really not needed. i used an antenna analyser to check the 2m band and got low readings across the band, measured at the feedpoint. the analyser (mfj 259c) doesn't cover 440, but my yeasu 817 has a rudimentary one built-in and the number of bars showing across the 440 band are 0 to 1 (4 bars being the highest swr, presumably >3:1). i'm comfortable with that.
you can buy these in packs of 10 for radio club projects, etc. there is a price break.

on my shopping list is an arrow low earth orbit duplex portable satellite antenna (model 146/437-10).
N0AVR Rating: 5/5 Feb 26, 2018 07:28 Send this review to a friend
Works great. Excellent quality.  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Mine is on a fiberglass pole attached to my chimney (about 30ft.) It works great. I hit repeaters 40 miles away. VHF and UHF are equally good. Quality of materials and workmanship are first rate. Also a great value for the price.
K0WFS Rating: 5/5 Jun 14, 2017 09:49 Send this review to a friend
Best built antenna ever!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have probably put together 50 antennas over the last 40 years, most for other hams, but I can honestly say this one is the best ones ever made in terms of mechanical quality.

The RF performance is also excellent. It seems to have a relatively low take-off angle, and it perfect for local ops on a few watts, or regional simplex on higher power.

Tim the owner is very responsive via email and I cannot imagine any better support for a modestly priced antenna like the OSJ.
KB1GMX Rating: 5/5 May 19, 2017 15:52 Send this review to a friend
one tough antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have two. Both over a decade old.

One is on the top of 35 ft tower and mast and has never failed me. if the SWR ever rizes I'll assume the coax has given up first.

The other is Emcom/FD kit and has been used and tossed around. Nothing hurts it.

Both antennas have SWR in the FM repeater range for both VHF and UHF that is under 1.7:1 at the band edges with a short low loss cable (10ft 9913).

I have several other antennas made by Arrow Antenna, good products then and now and stellar service.
N8NN Rating: 2/5 May 18, 2017 12:02 Send this review to a friend
Poor Quality Control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
One 3/8" hole was not threaded. I had to drill and file the hole to mount the element. The manufacturing process needs better quality control. I am not able to measure the SWR. It works.
N0TES Rating: 5/5 Dec 17, 2016 17:07 Send this review to a friend
Perfect for my office  Time owned: more than 12 months
This seemed like the logical antenna choice for my office. I propped it up inside against the window and tested the SWR. It was below 2:1 on 2M & 440, so I hooked up my HT. I was able to now hit the many repeaters around the area. Something that I could not do with my little Yaesu or Icom HT. The antenna also has enabled me to scan the local action on non-ham bands with my HT. I'd buy it again!
VE3IPS Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2016 18:16 Send this review to a friend
A Solid Performer  Time owned: more than 12 months
Arrow does all the hard work for you in building a solid J pole antenna that will survive the winter in Canada.

I just bought it, threw it up on a antenna mast and connected my coax. SWR was fine and I was making contacts with no fuss.

This has also become the antenna of choice for an ARES Go Kit.
KH6DAN Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2016 08:37 Send this review to a friend
Economic American Quality  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have two of the these j poles. Making a 2 meter 440 out of copper tubing is fun, but you have to have all of the tools and equipment. IE tube cutter, hacksaw, propane, solder, connector, wire etc. This product will have you on 2 meters and 440 right out of the box. For our radio club we bought the ten pack and only charged the actual cost so 10 folks (mostly new hams) could have a inexpensive, well built, solid antenna, without having to build their own. I have spray painted these antennas the same color as the house when I lived in a CCR development. These antennas are a great value. Not sure why a small group have had some problems. These have worked flawlessly for me and many of fellow hams I know. I've used them on simplex, through repeaters, with mobile radios, and with a external duplexer with my Kenwood TS-2000. Schweeeet.
K5ACL Rating: 1/5 Feb 19, 2016 07:19 Send this review to a friend
Upgraded to a dual band vertical and haven't looked back  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought the Arrow dual band j pole in hopes that I'd be able to get on VHF/UHF from an HOA perspective. First I tried the antenna in the attic, and was able to hit a few 2m repeaters, then I bolted to antenna to the roof outside, no change in performance. Was unable to even get anyone on simplex living in a major metropolitan area, I thought I'd at least be able to get someone a few miles away. It was great for checking in to the local repeater, and the construction is really solid. I'd save your money though, and go for an antenna like the GP-3 or X-30 or X-50 which all take up the same kind of similar footprint, but provide much better results. I've since had the chance to try the X-30 & GP-3 that were lent to me by a fellow ham, and I can finally have fun on VHF/UHF again. Full quieting on all channels, and I'm getting picked up on simplex all over the place!

I was using a 75 foot lead of LMR400 from the shack on all of these antennas. I wouldn't recommend the j pole to someone who is just getting in to the hobby or if your in an HOA situation. Look into another type of antenna, or you'll probably be disappointed like I was.
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