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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Yagi, Quad, Rotary dipole, LPDA | TAK-tenna Help

Reviews Summary for TAK-tenna
TAK-tenna Reviews: 149 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $198 USD
Description: High-frequency antenna for 3 to 30 MHz., inclusive

TAK-tenna is Unique and has been awarded U.S. Patent.

Radiating elements use proprietary copper jacketed alloy

Rotatable - Portable - Stealth - Primary & Restricted Space

Very easy to assemble

Sturdy and well built with low wind load Weighs only 5 pounds Very small footprint >p>TAK-tenna 80 Multibander has a 48 inch boom All other models have a 30 inch boom.

Direct feed with 50 or 75 ohm coax on resonant band User chooses resonant frequency Use coax + antenna tuner...or twin lead + antenna tuner for off resonance operation

Power tested to 1000 CW watts at resonance Key down for 30 seconds and 1400 Watts PEP no heat sensed on antenna wire or coax feed point when touched by hand after power testing

High efficiency = NO lossy matching components anyplace in system Directivity = 10 to 14 dB signal increase in transmit with 90 degree rotation with horizontal orientation Vertical orientation provides omni-directional pattern

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NG7V Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2019 19:26 Send this review to a friend
Happy with my TAK-tenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I am as happy as can be with my TAK-tenna. For the money, the size, location and my lack of complete expertise, it works really well. Fun to assemble, challenging to resonate but well worth the effort. Post-sale support was very helpful, provided all the assistance I needed. I took in about 30 contacts on the CQ SSB contest last weekend and it took me aobut 2 hours with a 100 watt tranceiver on less than good band conditions. So, not bad. I would have done lots more with more time.

This antenna has enough stealth to satisfy my HOA which is quite relaxed but still quite firm making antennas blend in as much as possible.
WB1FXB Rating: 5/5 Mar 31, 2018 07:28 Send this review to a friend
Closely check all connections before resonating.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months

Late last year I ordered a 40 meter TAK-tenna. Delivery was prompt, material was well packed.
I assembled it shortly after receiving it. Easy to do (less than an hour) just follow the very clear
instructions. The U bolt for attaching the antenna to the mast had a manufacturing defect. I could not find one like it the hardware store so a quick call to Steve and the item was in the mail.

After I had it assembled, other matters prevailed and I did not return to the antenna until March of this year (2018).Using an antenna analyzer, I had difficulty in locating resonance. Once again Steve to the rescue. We found that the salt air here in SW Florida had oxidized the surface of the wire and the alligator clips were not making consistent contact from sitting outside all of that time.

Steve worked With me over the telephone for several hours over two days helping me to achieve resonance. This time I soldered the taps on the spiral radiating wire.
The SWR minimum achieved was 1.5 in the middle of the phone band. This works well with my
Yaesu 450 D.

The price for this antenna is VERY reasonable considering the QUALITY of support provided by
Steve. Steve is not a set it and forget it kind of person. He has called and emailed several times to
ensure proper performance of his antenna.

I will be purchasing the 80 meter version of the TAK-tenna soon.
VE3BXG Rating: 5/5 Feb 11, 2018 16:43 Send this review to a friend
Performs as advertised!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is my second update review of this antenna since starting to use it in mid-July, 2017. I own the 40m version and it is mounted horizontally, about 33 ft. above ground. My location is Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Apart from the US and Canada, I have worked the following DXCC entities with tak-tenna:

Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Russia, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Portugal, Bonaire, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, Canary Islands.

Modes used were CW, SSB, FT8 and PSK-31. Bands were 40, 17 and 15m.

Not bad at all for a "compromise" antenna.
N2LWE Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2017 16:33 Send this review to a friend
Works for me!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Here is the bottom line. I live in an HOA that allows antennas ten feet above the home. Not many choices here. So I purchased a Jetstream vertical for $240 and it is mediocre to say the least. So I started looking into alternatives and came across the Tak Tenna. After reading the reviews and web searching how to build one, I decided to try it. It went up today in a temporary location only nine feet off the ground until I can take the vertical down and set it up in its place. So, never having any good luck on "80" meters, thats right "80" meters, I made my first contact from New Jersey to Ohio. No big deal to some, but a very big deal to me. The other thing that impress me was my first contact on 40 meters when my report was a "5 9". Something no one said with the vertical, I would always hear your 5 5 or 5 4, etc. And with the noise level increasing through the day, yet I am hearing so many more qso's and even on 80 meters. So, my experience so far is very impressive and give this a thumbs up, not to mention the fun of saying I built it myself.
K6HR Rating: 5/5 Jul 29, 2017 23:06 Send this review to a friend
Up Since 2009  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine up since 2009 and after some refurb work it is still in use. I've used it for diversity RX, portable work, and SSB. With my Palstar tuner I can use it on several bands. I still find it to be very useful and will probably just leave it up! Yes! This antenna works, and is easy to assemble and tune. Also great customer support if you need it.
KM4QML Rating: 5/5 Jul 24, 2017 14:02 Send this review to a friend
Meets my needs well  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Although I am not limited by neighborhood covenants, my property foot print is limited and without trees to string a wire antenna far or high enough. In my research for an antenna for a confined space I came across the Tak-tenna. There are many home brew plans for similar designs and I considered a build from scratch. My wife encouraged me to err on the side of convenience. She gave me good advice. In the end, I went with the kit TAK-tenna 80 Standard Style Multiband Antenna.
It arrived with all parts and well packaged. A careful review of the assembly instructions paid off. The premeasured notches and high-quality parts were a plus for me and the antenna came together with ease. The kit saved my time spent searching for parts. The experience was a nice balance between the satisfaction of building an antenna without hassles.
As emphasized in earlier reviews and in the assembly directions, it is very important to resonate any antenna. This is a critical step for getting maximum antenna performance.
Resonating the TAK-tenna was made simple by following the easy instructions in the manual. Properly soldered wire junctions using solder flux are also very important for proper RF current flow.
Using only my rig on low power and only an SWR meter I made the antenna resonant in short order. Resonance paid off on all bands. The antenna tuner provides quick matching and with very little if any churning in the auto-tuner attached to my transceiver.
I was in touch with Steve(WA2TAK) by e-mail (Tak-tenna) for one small build question and he was extremely fast on the reply and very helpful.
My original antenna is a compact multiband vertical. The TAK-tenna is consistently less noisy and performs better across each entire band. It also requires much less tuning in most bands.
I have tried both the vertical mounting option and the horizontal. Currently it is mounted horizontally at a 22-foot height. Although I can switch between my two antennas, I stay on the Tak-tennamost of the time.
The Tak is holding up well in the elements with no loss of performance.
I am very pleased with the TAK-tenna. Glad it was my choice.

KK6YO Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2017 06:04 Send this review to a friend
I can't believe it's a antenna :=)  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Update: 20 feet up: horizontal. compared to my bazooka. 2 s units different. weird little thing BUT it actually works. A little patience and you will have a better than average antenna. Very cool. For those who can't get it to work. Send it to me (JK). 73 to all and see you on 7.155 morning group. Jerry KK6YO
Remember this is not a full size antenna so don't expect it to work like one. It definately is not a POS.
KK6YO Rating: 4/5 Mar 14, 2017 16:13 Send this review to a friend
Good and Challenging   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Ok, I just put the antenna together and tuned to 7.010 @ 1.5 to 1. Put it up and it received @ 11 feet 5 s units lower than my double bazo0ka up 40 feet. I was surprised on how well the antenna does being as small the foot print is. But is is no way close to how the bazooka works. I know what you are thinking. The bazooka is completely a different animal. I agree. I plan to do more testing as this morning on the 7.155 group I came on using my heathkit sb-200 to push the TAK antenna with out the group knowing, @ 500 watts I was still an average of 3 s units down on what the guys were hearing me. That being said I turned the antenna from north to south to east to west and the signal came up 2 s units. (NVIS?) Maybe. Anyway this is a great little antenna to experiment with and I will update as I see necessary. If you live in a cc and r location, it will still be better than nothing. 74 to all KK6yo - Jerry
N9ZWY Rating: 5/5 Oct 12, 2016 22:12 Send this review to a friend
Good Product & Exceptionally Great Service  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've been an on-and-off ham for the last 21 years. My experience with the Tak-Tenna has been awesome.

Back in 2011 I purchased the 80 Tak-Tenna. A good friend of mine, Mark (KB9SCT) helped me build the antenna in my back yard. The process was not terrible, and really kept my interest - as opposed to being a chore or something.

The Tak-Tenna was 90% assembled, but because of children, job changes, and moves, I had to keep putting the antenna in the rafters of the garage.

Enter 2016...the dawn of the completion of my Tak-Tenna journey. Steve was incredible with his support of helping me polish this project. (At one point, we even had a phone tag thing going and he would go out of his way to seek me out. Never had that kind of support before.)

Admittedly, the process of tuning took a bit of time. However, it is something I have learned a lot from, and is something that is a time-honored part of amateur radio. As of tonight, a Comet CAA-500 Mark 2 antenna analyzer shows that the antenna literally has an SWR of 1.0:1 at 3.7MHz. Had to take a picture of the Comet's LCD display for posterity.

Although I'm dealing with issues with high SWR on certain bands at the moment, I've sent a message to Steve to see if he has any suggestions. He really seems to know his product, in and out.

Cheers to Steve, his creation, and his support.

N2RRA Rating: 4/5 Mar 18, 2016 14:03 Send this review to a friend
It works, but got to be honest.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have to be honest here.

Wrote a review back in 2007 a bit to hastily. I finally got this antenna to work, but for me worked great in the vertical position. Couldn't get it to work in the horizontal position, but that could've been my fault due to being in patient with it. Even then, I can't take away the fact this antenna did work well and I think now I was better off. When I did use it I enjoyed making the contacts with good signal reports when I didn't think it was gonna be possible.

My expectations were very high cause I am spoiled with much bigger arrays and my experience with home brewing all my various wire antennas through the years. That being said if it didn't meet my specific requirements I would'nt have held on too it all this time.

This antenna is great to experiment with and will help those in living quarters that are restricted from putting up anything twenty times larger.

Luckily just moved and back in the game installing a tower so off it goes to the next ham that will enjoy making DX and local contacts he, or she couldn't make before. Tax-Tenna produced a good thing for those in need.

Probably would've rated a 3 being its a pain to tune, but rated a 4 for over all performance for apartment dwellers and HOA needs along with performance.

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