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Category: Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop

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Review Summary For : ZeroFive Antennas Multiband Vertical
Reviews: 118MSRP: 469.00
A Multiband vertical for 10 to 160m,41 foot tall feed with your coax or ladder line,For use with a tuner,Made from 6063 t832 AL tubing,Requires radials,5kw cw,10kw ssb pwr handling,Freestanding,Comes with base insulator and tube.
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KQ0C Rating: 2012-11-29
My 80 meter champ Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have the heavy duty 43-footer. In the summer I set it up in the traditional way and easily work just about anything I hear. But in the winter time I top load the antenna with a 28, or so, foot wire and use it as a resonant mono-bander on 80 meters. For that I route around the unun and feed it direct. In the recent CQWW I was easily working all over Asia on 80 meters while nearby contest powerhouses were calling and calling. Using this antenna as the basis for an inverted L where you don't have high enough trees to hang a traditional inverted L gives you a really powerful option. I have also top loaded it for 160 meters with good result. Zero Five makes taller antennas but these need much more complex installations, and the toploaded 43-footer gives you essentially all the performance.
W2LA Rating: 2012-10-18
Can't Ask For A Better Vertical Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
OK. The only reason I'm writing so soon after installing this antenna is that I'm so excited about the results. The multitude of Zero-Five vertical owners have pretty much summed up everything I'd like to say, but I will say this- In the last 20 years, I've never had as much fun with this hobby as i've had in the last 6 weeks. I bust through pileups and qso with stations I've never even imagined talking to on my dipole. Thanks, Tom for putting out a FANTASTIC product at an affordable price. This 43 foot vertical ROCKS!
WG0I Rating: 2012-04-04
Update- GREAT! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I wrote a review about my Zerofive 43 foot multiband vertical when I first got it about three years ago. This is an update. I am in the process of making a few modifications to it to improve the performance (located in a bad location). Don't get me wrong, it has worked GREAT over the past years! I have made 2000+ contacts mostly on 80/40 meters on the 3905 Century Club nets alone. Due to my small city lot, without this antenna I probably would have NOT been able to get on these bands! Anyway, the customer service/support is EXCELLENT!! Tom always responds to any questions I send him via email very, very quickly!! Last winter had a severe ICE storm! My Zerofive was coated with heavy ice and the top half was bent over almost at a right angle! I thought it might snap in half! Weather warmed up and the 43 foot vertical straightened right out to within about 15 degrees of vertical. A month or two after that it's like the aluminum tubing had "memory" and it went back to standing 100% vertical again! My antenna is currently not guyed. It is a very quality made vertical an I highly recommend Zerofive products to everyone! 73 and good DX!
Mike wg0i
ZL2ORA Rating: 2012-02-24
Excellent Product Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Ordered and shipped quickly to St. Lucia. So easy to put together that my YL who is not a ham did most of the work. Ordered a custom 43 foot vertical for 80 thru 17M. Works fantastic. Great workmanship and highly recommended. Operating as J67ZF in St. Lucia
WB9JPH Rating: 2012-01-02
Outstanding Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Preliminary Review - Antenna was put up in mid-December in a less than optimum location with the strangest shaped radial field in existence. The location is what was available and is what it is.

The antenna is well made and intuitively obvious to put together.

The antenna tunes up well and equals or exceeds my OCF dipole in performance.

I will do another review after I have more experience with the antenna and put down more radials.

On 80M local stations are 2 -3 S units stronger on the vertical than the dipole although some locals hear me better on the dipole than the vertical; other local stations copy the vertical better.

I am a satisfied customer and wish I had purchased the 43 vertical sooner than I did.

FWIW, Tom was going to build a full sized 80 - 10M ground plane antenna for me but I couldn't quite make the ground plane diameter fit in the available space so went with the vertical instead.
VE2SG Rating: 2012-01-02
Very satisfied Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've been using it for about 1 year now, this antenna is build like a tank and I have nothing negative to say about it; very solid antenna and survived a very rough Quebec winter with no damage.

For performance, I've been testing it in different configuration and different bands and the antenna works like a flamethrower on 40-30-20 meters when it's elevated feed at 15 ft with 2 radials 22 ft long (isolated from the mast) sloping down at 45deg angle. It makes it perform like a vertical carolina windom, swr is very acceptable on all 3 bands and I use a tuner in the shack with about 80 ft of RG213. SWR is below 1.5 to 1 on 40 m so I dont even use a tuner on that band.
Forget 160m, it doesnt work at all unless you add a coil at the base. 80 metres will work if you have a lot of gnd radials and if you match it at the feedpoint using a remote tuner.

On 17m to 10m, it doesn't work very well; I have a Cushcraft R5 to compare with and on RX, the 43ft is 2 to 3 s units lower compared to the R5. witch is normal beacause 43 ft is to long on the higher bands and has a much higher angle of radiation.
KJ4DKT Rating: 2011-12-24
EVEN BETTER Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
See my August 29 review. It is sloped at 40 ft after adding 8-10 ft of antenna and Now I went from 25 to 75 ft of rg8x lead-in coax. I also have 25ft of rg8u wound on a 2 liter coke bottle. If u can get any better, please let me know. It out performa everything I have up. Thanks, Tom. BTW, this is the 57ft wire sloper that Tom builds. Tom knows antennas. tnx, FRED
KC2MIB Rating: 2011-08-30
HURRICANE IRENE TESTED Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Well let me first declare, I have no affiliations with Zero 5 antennas. Most of us on the east coast USA had our pucker factor kicked up a notch or two with the visit of Hurricane Irene last weekend. I live in Onslow county NC. and the system touched the shores of Atlantic Beach about 0700 Saturday Morning 08/28/2011. I live 15 west of Atlantic +/- a few miles, so you know my pucker factor was at an all time high.
I operate the Zero 5 43ft multi-band vertical. I have been singing tremendous praise about the craftsmanship and ruggedness of this line of antennas; so I said this event would be a thorough and practical test/challenge for this antenna. I have it un-guyed and ground mounted in
my back yard. Properly exposed to all elements.
The hurricane lasted approximately 24hrs at my location and during this time I operated 20m and 40m day and night at full legal limit with absolutely no problems during the hurricane. As a matter of fact, if I wasn't looking out my operating position window I wouldn't have noticed what was going on outside because my amp and/or monitoring meter didn't reflect any adversity. Winds gusts were up to 80/85mph and sustained winds were 70/75mph throughout the whole ordeal. I don't know about the other products out there on the market but I can tell you this without a shadow of a doubt that not a lot of them can or could do that. Thanks Tom for a fine product for us frivolous(cheap) Ham. I have no affiliations with Zero 5 antennas(other that a pleased user).
N8DV Rating: 2011-08-23
Update Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
This is my first update after three months of use. The antenna has survived three good thunderstorms with strong winds. The antenna just took them in stride. The performance is very good for a vertical. I can even load it up for 80 meters with my wide ranging tuner. I got S7 reports from nearby Indiana. Now if the bands would just cooperate, I could really give an accurate account of it's performance. I am very pleased with the antenna so far.
K7JIM Rating: 2011-08-19
Free standing antenna. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This 43' antenna has been up for over 3 years. Cheyenne is a windy area. 65 to 75 mile an hour winds many times. I have no guide wires on this antenna. Once again, There are no guide wires on this antenna. It is free standing. That tells you what material this antenna is made of. There are lower cost 43' antennas. I wonder if they could be free standing and take my winds?