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Category: Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop

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Review Summary For : True Ladder Line 125ft Doublet.
Reviews: 22MSRP: 124.00
80m Open Fed Doublet Antenna with 150ft of lead in.
Product is in production
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AB9PM Rating: 2022-05-10
Nice Antenna Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I couldn't wait to get my antenna in the air, as I ordered it in mid winter. I put wire ties around the wire holding the separators in place so I am not picking them up during our windy spring and fall seasons. I found the length of their 80 meter dipole to work out excellent, I have my open wire line held up by 4 x 4 posts almost every 50 feet. I have about a 180 foot line to the top of my 43 foot mast. The build is excellent, and since I put it up we have had sustained winds around 50 mph for several days at a time. It tunes up well, 80 to 10 meters, and 160 meters also. Now I have an antenna on all bands using my MFJ 989D tuner to tune it. It really isn't worth the effort to build your own, unless you are doing 50 feet or less for a feedline. It was built in a day, much to my surprise. It took about 4 days to receive it. What more can you ask for?
ND3U Rating: 2022-02-22
200ft version Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I had the 200+ foot doublet version. While it was up it was absolutely great. Had a low noise floor and all 100 watts put into it was radiated out. Unfortunately the wire broke several times and I got sick and tired of repairing it. I finally took it down. 14 gauge wire for an antenna this length isn't sufficient enough. I will be putting up another doublet but this time with at least 12g wire.
NX0E Rating: 2021-07-08
Still working well Time Owned: more than 12 months.

Four years in action now and still working great!
Up one year, this antenna has survived a Wyoming summer and winter. Wind, snow and ice did not bring it down. It is supported per my earlier review. About 35' of the TLL feedline slope down to a roof eave, held in place with small kevlar cord for strong support but allowing it to flex with wind. A Leviton ceramic DPDT knife switch shorts and grounds both conductors when not the antenna is not in use. An ICE (now Array Solutions) balanced arrestor discharges static - which is important when there is blowing snow. It is fed through a wooden wall with a short twin 75 ohm coax, then a homemade 1:1 balun. It's tuned with a SGC 231 auto tuner. It tunes on every HF band.

Earlier 5-star review posted by NX0E on 2017-11-21

I've had the 125' doublet up since June. It has passed the "summer in Wyoming" test - hot and windy. The winter test is coming.

I have it up about 18' in the center and about 10' at each end. Most of the use is on 80m close-in (NVIS) nets at 50W. It has worked well.

The insulators are hollow plastic tubing. This makes the antenna and feed line east to hang, using nonconducting cord passed through the tube.
KG7AV Rating: 2021-03-05
Simple and Proven Design. Outstanding. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I previously had a Cobra Ultralight Sr in an inverted vee from a 45 foot monopole. No matter how much I worked with feedline length on the 450 window line, every adjustment resulted in some major tradeoff on the bands I needed. I decided to swap it out for the W7FG 80-10 with 50 feet of 600 ohm ladder line. No fuss, no cuss, it simply works. Loads up consistently with very good match on everything 80-6m, and even a fair match on 160, with the same LDG 4:1 balun, about six feet of RG-213, and LDG IT-100 autotuner on an IC-7000.
AE1CW Rating: 2020-07-21
Nice antenna but didn't survive my location Time Owned: more than 12 months.
The antenna worked great with a remote SGC auto coupler and a 1:1 current balun. Unfortunately, my antenna was mounted between two trees and the cold winter temps here, the movement of the trees, and the decreased flexibility of the wire in the winter caused the antenna to break in various places on the ladder line. It worked great in the warmer weather though. A mounting location with less movement due to wind would probably work fine even in cold winter climates.
N1YQE Rating: 2020-07-21
Should have put this up years ago! Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
True to the description, this antenna is fantastic! Brian was quick to respond to some questions and accommodated a last minute order change.

The antenna is up at ~50 ft, with ~40 ft of ladder line to a hybrid balun and an LDG RT600. It even works well on 6M! Crushing the DX on all bands!
W1WH Rating: 2020-07-10
Great antenna! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Just put up my 80m ladderline-fed dipole which I received last week. This is a well made basic dipole which lives up to it's low loss reputation on the HF bands. The antenna is well made, and WB2JIX went out of his way to keep me informed of the production and delivery timetable. I'm a happy camper with this one!
K8UMD Rating: 2020-07-05
Great antenna.. 5 plus Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Excellent build quality and Excellent response from Brian on any questions.. No matter how stupid they are. very happy with results with this antenna . Defiantly would
buy again
KA2Z Rating: 2020-07-04
Great Company! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This 125' doublet is a great product!
Super fast shipping!
Great customer service from Brian!
I am very happy and will be a repeat customer!
W1BCC Rating: 2020-01-03
Far exceeded my expectations Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Since returning to the hobby (after 50 years) I was getting by with a 60' sloper. The bands are now alive. Tunes everywhere with ease.

As a teenager in the mid 60s, I thought the old timers with window line and matchboxes were backward and that my trapped dipole and RG-8 was the modern and efficient approach. Should've known they had multi-band dipoles figured out 100 years ago.

My setup: 90' ladder line; exterior 4:1 balun fed by 18" of RG213 from Palstar AT2KD.

Great customer service and made in the USA by people who really need the work: "....made by individuals with disabilities through a program in Oklahoma, where they provide the clients with a place for job training, sheltered employment and a supervised work environment."