|I was NEW to HAM Radio, bought a used Force-12C4.|
Had to lay this Big boy out on the ground, and figure what went where, the seller from Calif., took it all apart. (He could have slide each smaller element inside each bigger piece, to make it simple for Me). After a few hours, had it figured out and riveted. This Antenna weighs 38 lbs on a 18 ft Boom. (its really well made).
This is a linear loaded for 40 Meters, I set it where the former user had it,(could see small impressions where it was). It takes a big man to install this on a Tower laid over, (and I am NOT big and strong, had my son's help). My Tower is winch connected to a dead man with a good quality boat winch.(hence tower pivot's at the Base). I used LMR-400 coax, 2 lines coming down, 1 for 40 Meters only, and 1 for the other Bands. I made sure it was weather tight sealed up at the Connections of the Balun's. Once up..and coax all installed through a Common bonded (grounded) entrance network I built, and connected to a 4-way switch inside, then to the Kenwood TS-950SD Rig, I checked my SWR's real quick. They were good enough to make a few contact's on each Band. I installed a Dentron MT-3000a Tuner, and this was really easy to tune up, since I had a Kenwood TL-922a and a Commander AMP to load up into this antenna. I found a group to talk with, (feeding 300-400 Watts into this on 20 Meters), and did I ever get loads of Questions what I was using for a antenna. My ERP must have been close to limit, and I was talking all over this Planet..wow..! HIT the islands with common 20 over signals and up. On 40 Meters, with only one-(1) element, I could "HEAR" stations others could not, and It sits on a 34 ft tower, so they elected Me to be a central relay for them. I was very impressed by the excellent results. No TRAP's was the reason for selecting this Antenna. No maintenance, once it is installed..forget it, it's always good to Go and use. It will take a 100 mph wind. And 1 winter, I had 1 inch of ICE build up, and the elements drooped about 1 foot below normal position, and the went right back to their normal position, so it's very strong T-6 alum. (just like the say at Force12.) I only paid 320 bucks for this, plus shipping of 35 bucks to Kansas, and it was 5 years old and had been used on the water's edge,(within 5 miles of the Calif coastline), and their was not any evidence of that salt water air. This is one Happy Camper for buying this antenna, trust Me.
You want it..sorry..its not for sale...ha..ha
I think a new one is around 1,500 bucks...now.
This solved any 10 thru 40 Meter Antenna needs I had. I worked with 150 Watts out, from the Kenwood Radio, and with the Gain it has, you really do not need to use a AMP. And it works great on 17 meters also. If you can put up a tower, buy this Big Boy..you wont be sorry. OH, I bought this about 5 years ago, used for 5 years. I have the 8 element type, called C-4, and think they renamed it this past year. If I hear you, I can talk to you. CHEERS/Ron