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Reviews Summary for Alliance HD-73
Alliance HD-73 Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $499.00
Description: Medium duty rotator
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VE7REN Rating: 5/5 Apr 11, 2019 02:39 Send this review to a friend
good for my uhf/vhf beams  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got this rotor for next to nothing 3 years ago. I rebuilt the motor. new grease and some love. repaint,stainless bolts,and now it sits off my tower turning a arrow uhf beam. works for what I need. dated looking control box,but for a decent price,they are a reliable rotor.
NW2M Rating: 5/5 Jan 18, 2018 09:44 Send this review to a friend
A+ after 20 years!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this rotor for a long long time. I mounted it under the boom of a large 10M monoband and then inside a tower under a thrust bearing. The brake is a friction brake (cork pad under a spinning disc). It allows the antenna to move slightly under high stresses. To me, this is a good thing. I had a storm close by that shorted the pair of protective diodes used to protect the sensitive meter. They did their job! I simply replaced the pair of 1N4148s and I was good to go. I like the two-speed control. Keep a spare meter bulb taped to the back of the unit. It is a critical part of the circuit. It must be an exact match. No issues. No complaints. Great little rotor.
W4KVW Rating: 4/5 Jul 31, 2017 14:53 Send this review to a friend
Reliable Medium Duty Rotor  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had one for several years that was rebuilt by Norm's Rotor Service.It did a great job but I wanted a different style control box & a rotor with an overlap so I replaced the HD-73 with a Yaesu G-800SDX which I really like.Nothing wrong with the HD-73 other than my personal preference for a different style controller & a rotor with an overlap which the Yaesu rotor has.
N4YX Rating: 5/5 Jan 14, 2017 17:44 Send this review to a friend
Have Several  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have used 'em for years. Mine just keep working. I've picked up many hamfest inexpensive flea market "spares" of the rotors & the control units but haven't had to use 'em yet. Not a high-dollar rotor back in the day either.
K9NZ Rating: 2/5 Apr 7, 2014 17:54 Send this review to a friend
Ok for vhf   Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought one of these at Dayton years ago, to use with a A-3 triband beam. That is when I learned all about tower climbing there is no brake to speak of so when the big winds start your antenna spins like a pinata, Thats why there is no brake switch! After a couple of years I replaced it with a Ham-IV and never looked back. The Ham IV has been in service for over 15 years on several towers with mono bands and stacked beams not one problem. I gave a $125. for mine new, that was more than it was worth.
KC9CS Rating: 5/5 Mar 8, 2014 16:19 Send this review to a friend
A workhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine up in the tower here in FL since 1989. I can't recall how long it was at my 9 land QTH in northern Illinois. Regardless, with one checkup with Norm's after a lightning strike as a precaution, it's been a terrific rotor. I have it in tower mounted with a thrust bearing at 60 feet, no weight rests on the rotor, all it has to deal with is turning. I have a Mosley CL-33 up there, right at the spec limit of 11 sq ft. I also have 19 element long boom 2 meter antenna and an 11 element 440 MHz ant being handled by the rotator. It has simply been excellent..
W7NIK Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2013 20:15 Send this review to a friend
Works Great after couple years  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have this rotor, works great i love the no brake button. This is mounted on a HDBX48, with a thrust bearing with TA 33 mosley and tri band yagi . total ft sq is about 8 ftsq., If you see one buy it and rebuild the bearing and you are good for years
KL2TC Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2011 13:53 Send this review to a friend
Works solidly  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is running under a Swan Tri-bander that I restored and it works great. I bought it used, bench tested it, put it up and all is as advertised. It features very solid construction and excellent performance. What else could I ask for?
K2FOX Rating: 5/5 Nov 4, 2010 08:09 Send this review to a friend
Over 20 years of reliable service!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this rotor in the mid-1980's and have had several different antennas mounted above it over the years. Not one single problem. Last year I lowered the tower and removed the rotor, cleaned it up a bit and lubicated it, and put it back up. It's still going strong...
KA4ETV Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 2010 10:08 Send this review to a friend
GREAT ROTOR FOR THE MONEY  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was the cheapest rotor on the market when I got mine in I believe 89' or so. It turned a 4 element 10 meter beam and stayed up for about 15 years. Planning to use it again for an a3s and a 2m beam soon. The only problem has been the rotor control box light. The bulb go popped in a surge/lighting hit. Norms rotor service does have them. Replaced and working fine. So for this kind of longevity, pretty darn good product.
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