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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | Scorpion Antennas SA6-160 Help

Reviews Summary for Scorpion Antennas SA6-160
Scorpion Antennas SA6-160 Reviews: 17 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $949
Description: SA-6160 covers 10 through 160 meters.
Length retracted: 43 Extended: 65
3 inch diameter coil with 14 gage tinned copper wire wound at 10 TPI.
Mobile or backyard typical vswr 1.5:1 or less.
Antenna rated at 1500 watts PEP
Weight 18 Lbs
Product is in production.
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K8IS Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2018 14:09 Send this review to a friend
Handcrafted, Rugged,Resonant  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Scorpion SA6-160 is a handcrafted antenna that deserves a craftsman's mount. 1-4 inch square steel tubing and some aftermarket mounts produced an install on my pickup that looks good, handles country road tree limbs, and configures for garage storage. If you follow best practice mobile install, this antenna just"radiates"! I am still playing with various whip lengths and cap hat setups to obtain max performance on all bands but the antenna tunes to a sharp SWR range on a given band quickly using an auto tuner. This Fall, as time permits, I plan on installing my mobile amp. Ron is accessible for questions and the manual is well written. I have run 3 major mobile setups in my ham life (43 years) using (Brand X & Brand Y) and the SA6-160 meets all the criteria for an excellent HF mobile antenna.
W5CSG Rating: 5/5 Aug 12, 2017 17:48 Send this review to a friend
Top Quality Antenna, Superb workmanship, Excellent Service  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been running the Scorpion 6-160 antenna for a little over 5 1/2 years. This was one of the best purchases I have made in Ham Radio gear, This antenna is built like a tank, and looks and works fabulous too! I had reason to call Ron recently when my pickup got into an argument with another vehicle, I got hit right smack on the antenna, which destroyed the shunt coils and the relay for the antenna, that was all the damage I had to my pickup... Almost $4000.00 on the other vehicle. After explanation to Ron he got that part right out to me.

Funny Story, I had just started operating with the Scorpion antenna, and on my way to work one morning, about 4 AM I was messing around with getting it to tune on the 160 band, and wound up tuned up and listening to the beginning of a net somewhere back east I think Maine was where net control said he was. When he called for any new stations, I threw my call out. He responded to my call, and ask for name and location. I responded that I was mobile between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, and my Name is Chris. He almost immediately said, You Sir are a liar... No one can tune up mobile on 160. I replied if he were so inclined he could look on APRs.FI on the internet and see that my track is moving and should be traveling about 79 miles per hour just south of Santa Fe. After a few minutes of silence, he came bacl on the air, and said I owe you an apology, you are moving, and what antenna are you using? I told him it was a Scorpion antenna made by NI7J!
K5JY Rating: 5/5 Jul 15, 2016 09:00 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned my Scorpion SA6-160 for a little over a year now, and I really can't add anything to the MANY outstanding reviews posted here, both of the product, and of the company. I read all the reviews of screwdriver antennas on eHam before I decided on Scorpion, and it has definitely lived up to its reputation!

I wanted an antenna that I could use not only mobile, but also in a fixed installation, and the Scorpion makes that very easy to do. I have the recommended tripod mount, and the 16-port "stinger" hub for the elevated ground plane, plus 2 extra "stingers" to swap in/out to let me access the 9 ham bands above 160m and below 6m. Ron worked with me to supply parts for the unique choke configuration I designed for the home installation, as well as adding small but very useful mods to the antenna itself (e.g., a grounding stud with a wingnut to facilitate swapping between the vehicle and the tripod mount.) I can verify that he's very accessible, and quite willing to discuss installation and performance optimization. This business owner truly understands the meaning of "customer service"!

The antenna is, as has been reported here before, "built like a tank," and looks brand new after a year running mobile (over 22,000 miles).

Although the price is higher than most of the competition, the quality, reliability, and performance justifies it. It's simply the best.
G7IRU Rating: 5/5 Mar 21, 2016 14:02 Send this review to a friend
sa6-160 shunt coil  Time owned: more than 12 months
hi,I recently had a problem with the 160 metre shunt coil on the dual shunt coil box on the sa6-160 antenna breaking. After contacting Ron he sent me another new coil free of charge to myself in the UK and it now works a treat. The antenna is still bomb proof and just keeps working in all weathers. I'm about to install it on a new vehicle so we will see how it does then. I would highly recommend this antenna as once you install it correctly it does so so well.Fantastic product and even better back up service from Ron as usual.
W5TAH Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2015 16:15 Send this review to a friend
Built like a tank and radiates a great signal.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned my Scorpion SA-160 for 5 years and It has been on my truck for that amount of time and has given me excellent service this whole time. It puts out a great signal on 160 and every other band. I run 500 watts on the lower bands and I am heard well on 160. 2 years ago a semi tractor trailer crossed the center line at 75 mph and something on the trailer first hit my drivers side mirror as if it had been hit with a 50 BMG round and then hit the scorpion amtenna. The only damage to the antenna was a dent in the lexan covering and a blemish on the powder coating. The antenna 100% survived and continues to work. I can tune 1.8 to 30 MHZ with it and it just works. This is the best antenna on the market, and is made out of the best materials available. If anyone is selling you a screwdriver for less, it is because they have cut corners to create a cheaper product. In a world of Hi-Point pistols this is a Les Bauer 1911 or Glock. Ron is incredable when it comes to customer service also. 5 years later and he is still providing customer support as if I bought it last week.
W5FTV Rating: 5/5 Nov 18, 2013 13:17 Send this review to a friend
Great Performer And TOUGH  Time owned: more than 12 months
Simply put the performance of this antenna is superb! The five foot whip and standard capacity hat versions have exceded my expectations and hopes. That said, the most remarkable thing about the SA6-160 is it's TOUGH. True story - while backing my truck under an unfamiliar carport I committed the unthinkable and smacked the antenna into the corrugated cover. Nope, no damage to the antenna (well, I did bend the 3/4 inch threaded stainless piece at the base a tad!). Not even a scufff. But the carport cover was peeled back an inch or so! That's TOUGH!
KT0G Rating: 5/5 Jul 15, 2013 19:26 Send this review to a friend
Very Pleased  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Scorpion antenna has worked well for amateur and MARS operation. Because I have a camper in the bed of the truck the only place to mount was on the brush guard. Hooked up to my TS480HX the SWR is no higher than 1.5:1 from 3.5 to 28.9 mHz. If you are looking for a quality screw driver antenna the Scorpion is the one.
NV6R Rating: 5/5 Jun 24, 2013 03:10 Send this review to a friend
Has stood the test of time  Time owned: more than 12 months
Okay, this is an updated review. I posted my other review under my old call, AD7VH. I have been running the Scorpion for 4 years now. I live in the mountains at 7100ft above sea level and the Scorpion has performed perfectly at air temps (not windchill) of -40 and has functioned at temps of 120 degrees in the southern Nevada desert, too. I had it mounted on my Chevy truck, which seen some light off-roading, and now it is mounted on a modified Jeep Cherokee XJ, that sees SERIOUS off-roading; the Scorpion hasn't missed a beat.

I still get the great signal reports and talk a lot of DX on 75m -- with close to 100 countries on 75m and 11 on 160m. I have snapped many whips off in 4 years, obliterated several caphats, even had to use an EZ Out to remove a stud that snapped off in the coupler nut, but the Scorpion is just as good as the day I bought it. The high Q coil can be a pain on the low bands, since any nearby metal while traveling in a town causes the SWR to go wacky, but that high Q is responsible for the great signals, so I'm not complaining.

I you want an antenna that is plug-and-play and doesn't take some strategy in figuring out how to mount and match it, the Scorpion isn't for you. If you want the gold standard in mobile antennas, deal with the troubles of mounting it, the troubles associated with matching such a high Q antenna on the low bands, and the big signals that come with it, then the Scorpion is just what you have always dreamed of.

73, John, NV6R
AE7HW Rating: 5/5 Mar 10, 2013 10:48 Send this review to a friend
Best antenna ever  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ive had my SA6-160 for more than three years now. I have upgraded to extra class new call AE7HW and just now updating on eham. This antenna has not failed and I do not baby it. Currently mounted in back of my new truck it smacks trees in the woods been smacked by a round bale of hay and no issues. Ron takes care in his workmanship when building these Ive paid allot more for a less quality antenna. Save yourself a headache if you are going to run mobile and want a quality antenna buy one from Ron. I will be buying the 680 for my wife's jeep this summer.
G7IRU Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2012 10:43 Send this review to a friend
brilliant antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is another follow up to my previous two reviews since buying the antenna from Ron in March 2008.I run the antenna with either a 102" whip or a 60" whip depending on where i am driving (open roads or country lanes with low tree branches) and now also have the optional dual switching shunt coils which like the antenna is a work of art !!
I find that using this setup with a Turbo Tuner interface it works brilliantly with my Yaesu 857d and i'm looking forward to adding an amplifier to this antenna to see what it will really do !!
As for customer service i would rate Ron's service as at least a twenty out of ten unlike the service from the maker of the Turbo Tuner (brilliant product,rubbish customer service) which i would give zero out of ten.
i would highly recommend any of the Scorpion antennnas to any ham who wants a bullet proof mobile antenna and i will be buying another sa6-160 off of Ron as soon as funds allow without any hesitation.
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