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Reviews For: Arrow Antenna 146/437-10 and 146/437-10WBP

Category: Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Directional (Yagi, quad, etc.)

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Review Summary For : Arrow Antenna 146/437-10 and 146/437-10WBP
Reviews: 48MSRP: 139
Portable Handheld Yagi for 146/437 mhz primarily used for satellite DXing. However, it can be mounted on a camera tripod and used for groundwave communications. 10 watts maximum for handheld operation/150 w maximum when mounted. Elements are made from aluminum "arrow" shafts. Lightweight, and made for quick assembly/disassembly. Weighs about 22 oz.
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N8RAT Rating: 2003-05-24
Very simple design that works well! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Within 5 minutes of receiving my Arrow 146/437-10WBP, the antenna was assembled and ready to go. I swept it with my MFJ-269 antenna analyzer and found it to be flat as a board at the operating frequencies. I removed the rubberized hand grip to expose 4 ΒΌ-20 tapped holes and mounted it to a camera tripod, cabled it to my TS-2000 and running around 50 watts worked a KP4 from my QTH in WV through the FO-29 satellite. I received a very nice signal report from Puerto Rico. I can see how holding this antenna for extended periods of time might result in wrist fatigue but, if you attach it to some other support, you should have no problems and enjoy a very well engineered product. Although Arrow Antennas advertises a no-hassle return policy if not satisfied, I doubt if they get many returns. This is a very simple but well thought-out antenna design. It works as advertised and is a compact yet excellent performer.
KA7SAG Rating: 2003-04-19
good stuff Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
Used it for rover opperations and fox hunting. If this guy made long boomers I would buy them from him. It is light weight and easy to use or mount to something. It is tuned for sats but I worked 250-300 miles on 2 meter ssb with it and over 200 on 432. It took 1300 miles on my roof top without coming loose. I don't use the duplexer, but it handled 200 watts fine. It is a good portable multiuse antenna. Take it camping to hit repeaters far away, whatever.....
W2WRX Rating: 2003-02-02
Awesome Satellite Beam Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Pick one of this Arrow II Antenna with the duplexer and slit boom all in one package at the Livermore Swapmeet and took it to the car and assembled and followed the instructions and I was on the air in 15 minutes or so and hit the UO-14 from begining to the end of it's path of Orbit.It was Awesome,didn't even have to set the gamma match,but I check it anyway, and it was in the money like Arrow product claims.If you are just starting in the field of Satellites and need a good product I would Highly recommend this Product,It's built well,precise machine work and workmanship,and a "No Hassle Refund" within 90 days.I'm keeping mine for field work,Demostrations at schools and comunicating with other Hams around the States.The Arrow II Satelite Antenna is a keeper in my book and my contacts I've that day and even pass it around other Hams to try,we had a great time!!!! I will allso give it a working in the years to come and give more reports on this fine antenna.Keep up the great"Made in U.S.A."product.(5 stars to the company and workers). Even bought the carrying Bag too.Just throw it in the vehicle and Go and have Fun.Awesommmmme!!!!!!!!
K8EO Rating: 2002-08-21
Well Designed Product, & " Versatile" Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I have had this antenna for a few months, and it works great. Easy to assemble, and very well made. I reccommend using it at night, because if your neighbors see you outside waving this thing around they are going to have second thoughts about you. Even my wife, who is tolerent of this hobby, gives me static about this thing.. Also, comes in handy when she is mad. I simply drag this thing out and parade around the house with it, pretending I'm making a contact. You have to know how to push their buttons...
Seriously a great product, and a very inexpensive way to get into satellite work.
You cant go wrong with this thing.

73 Ted
AF4MH Rating: 2002-02-21
Super Great Antenna Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just got an interest in working the U0-14 and A0-27 satellites and with the Arrow II antenna I work several hams including North Carolina. Whao great beam portable antenna and with my radio shack htx-245 it works great..
WL7CQX Rating: 2001-11-28
Good Antenna but needs a better handle. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought the 146/437-10WBP to try the satellites. And got hooked! I have used this antenna
from Alaska to Montana to Arizona, on winter snowmachine trips, summer boat trips and it's, well, just very good. Yes, it's a pain in the wrist to hold. I emailed the manufacturer and
suggested he incorporate a handle like that found on the White's Metal Detectors. His reply
was "that's a good idea but it's going to increase the cost and are you going to make it?".
He's right and I'm not. I'd still buy another one especially since my wrist is now 3 times the
diameter it used to be!
By the way, I use a plastic map carrying case I bought at a drafting supply store to hold my
Arrow antenna on trips. Works great even at -20F. CHARTPAK Expand-A-Tube at your
local drafting supply store.
KD5MMJ Rating: 2001-08-01
Good portable antenna Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I made my HT into a portable FM satellite station with this antenna. Even though it does get tiring holding it for lengthy periods it is pretty light. Elements are not totally in line but there is no major deviation. The most important thing is that it works and works great. If this sucker got lost, stolen, or broken i would definately get another.
VA2ZAC Rating: 2001-04-07
Good but heavy Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I made my first successfull contact to AO27 this morning with this antenna using my Kenwood THD7A HT. This is a very good directional antenna, I lost the signal on the satellite if I moved the antenna just a few inches.

The only thing I don't like about it is holding it with one hand really tires out the wrist quickly. I'm having to use a headset and remote ptt in my hand and holding it with both hands not to make my arms too tired.

This antenna, Kenwood THD7A, Instatrack and my Garmin GPS serving as my time reference for my computer make a good combination. Now all I need to get is a compas so I don't have to keep finguring out which direction to point it in by figuring where the sun rises and sets...