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Reviews Categories | Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc | Hustler G7-144 Help

Reviews Summary for Hustler G7-144
Hustler G7-144 Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $160
Description: 7db gain 2 meter base antenna
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KB5ZVV Rating: 5/5 Jan 4, 2019 05:53 Send this review to a friend
Lasted 25 years  Time owned: more than 12 months
I wrote a review of this antenna back in 2002 when it had been up on my repeater for nine years. Now, after 25 years of service, it finally has failed with high SWR. It is side mounted at about 175 feet with an insulated sway brace, which is the reason for it's long life. I will soon replace the antenna and 1/2 inch coax with a new G7-144 and 7/8 inch Andrew LDF4-50.
W6PMR Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2015 21:28 Send this review to a friend
Update  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is not the best repeater antenna
and is not sold as one. The lower reviews
most seem to revolve around problems when
used at a repeater site.
As a base station antenna it is one of
the best if not THE best I have ever used.
If that is your application then it will
work great, if you want to put it at a
repeater site it is not going to last
against the elements like a DB products
or Phelps Dodge. Then again it does not
cost as much as those antenna's either.
WA3GIN Rating: 5/5 Jan 18, 2015 13:52 Send this review to a friend
Reliable Performance   Time owned: more than 12 months
W4AVA has had two of these G7 models for VHF and three for UHF repeaters. All are high power systems. All have been up for ten years. The installations are roof top mast mounts with AGL heights of 425-525' . They are wearing well. We did not treat the antennas with wax, grout sealer, or clear coat.

Expectations need to be reasonable. Repeater antennas mounted up high where wind is constaint require maintenance. Drain holes will clog with urban pollution and pollin. Tapping joints and sealing tape will reduce rain infiltration reducing clogged drain holes and lengthening the time between maintenance visits.

Some say wax or clear coat sealing the lower aluminum element reduces static 'pop' during rain and snow storms.
We will try this on one of the antennas, just for fun.

The G7 line is a Great value for the price. With thoughtful installation and maintenance checks there is no reason these antennas can't last decades.

K5AHH Rating: 5/5 Aug 8, 2012 14:37 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Overall!  Time owned: more than 12 months
--I have owned this antenna for 6+ years now. Easy to assemble, handles 1,000 watts (FM mode), can still be found for under $200. It has outperformed every other vertical I have ever used. This really is the best performing 2 meter vertical for the money. The SWR is 1.7:1 or less throughout the entire 2 meter band, so no narrow bandwidth here. Recommended wholeheartedly.
KG6UTS Rating: 4/5 May 13, 2011 13:02 Send this review to a friend
tough antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just refurbed a G7-144 for our club, W6RDF, packet node. Our location is on a bluff 350 ft above the Pacific Ocean so the antenna gets wind and salty air all the time. The material in this older model cleaned up very well, reassembled with a 1:1 swr. I did notice the following:

1: The metal sections held water because the weep holes were plugged. ( why the 4 rating) Opened up the holes with the next larger drill. It would help to tape or ScotchKote the joints.

2: You need to use an anti seize grease or compound on all joints if you ever want to get them apart again. Used a product from DX Engineering

3: The Aluminum cleaned up very well with bronze wool then Flitz. The assembled antenna was given a light coat of Dow Corning 111 to hold back corrosion

We have the 440 version and another G7 144, both will get the same clean up because thay are worth the effort.

KC9GMH Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2009 13:25 Send this review to a friend
Great Repeater Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have used my hustler G7 for about 6 weeks now on my 145.23 repeater and the swr is a perfect 1.1 and no duplex noise at all. This antenna is very well built and very happy with it. Works just as good as a super station master antenna.
N1RIK Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2008 19:14 Send this review to a friend
good repeater antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this antenna for over 2 years on my 145.37 repeater. At one point I took it down and used a Tram 1481 so I could run my 2m and 440 repeaters on the same antenna. After noticing wide impedence changes with the 1481 and high swr in the rain (possibly by covering weep holes while rapping the UHF connector??), I switched back to the G7. It has been working great since. I bought this antenna used from N4DBM (formerly KC4FWC). It just seems to work good.
KC9MLL Rating: 5/5 Jun 1, 2008 14:18 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am currently borrowing this antenna from a fellow ham.
It came to me in Used condition, but works great!! it is several years old, but it always gets me a good signal report. At this time it is only 20' off the ground. but I am still hitting some really distant repeaters!

I have another antenna for 144, but I'll have to see if he is willing to part with this one!! It works great!!!
K1CJS Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2007 13:50 Send this review to a friend
This one is a keeper  Time owned: more than 12 months
The G7-144 I have was bought used. I sent for the spec sheet and completely reconditioned the antenna. I did have to cut new radials for it, but the rebuilding was easy enough, and the fibreglass elements and the bottom loading coil were fine-no corrosion or water seepage at all.

I've had it up now for five years, with it coming down once about a year ago because of moving to another residence. With minimal attention the antenna went back up at the new house. I have to agree about it being better than a lot of 2 meter antennas. The range of this antenna is simply unbelievable.

I think the people who have it up at high repeater sites may expect too much of it. The G7-144, although rivaling the range of some commercial antennas, is NOT a commercial antenna after all, and a repeater site should have a quality commercial antenna if at all possible because of the less than ideal conditions there.
KC4FWC Rating: 4/5 Feb 14, 2007 03:55 Send this review to a friend
Good 10 year antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
One of these were installed at 300 Ft on a local repeater and lasted about 10 years. The radials falling off were the weakest link, some due to ice falling from the above tower and others due to wind vibration or birds. It was side mounted and top supported.

The fiberglass coils have tiny weep holes in the bottom which tend to stop up with bugs. However, small amounts of condensation in the coils really shouldn't have much effect on performance.

Water does tend to get in the aluminum tubing. After repairing the antenna, I stuck a piece of pine resin heat shrink over each joint before the hose clamp to keep water from migrating. I also bought some solid 3/8" aluminum rods which should out-last the rest of the antenna. With proper extra pre-care, this one is a great performer, especially for higher powered repeater operation where duplex noise needs to be minimum.
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