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Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Andy VA3CWOctober 12, 2018

Easy to deploy - good performance

Despite comments to the contrary, you don't need an analyzer to tune and use this antenna. It breaks down neatly and packs easily. When deploying keep it close to the ground (a cheap, flexy tripod works great) and toss out all of the counterpoise you have. It'll easily tune every band 80 through 10 (I haven't used it above that). A great partner for the FT817/818.


Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating Star Rating John VE3IPSJune 28, 2018

Ok for higher bands

This is the antenna of choice for the FT-897D radio as it covers the repeater bands as well. For HF it is a bit short but for working DX on 20m and up it will allow you to make contacts. I can work Europe no problem running 20-50 watts on the FT-891 when band is open. This is an easy set up for weekend camping and deploy the counterpoise off the ground a few inches and go make contacts. It may not work as well on 80m and 40m as its short but you can check into regional nets when the band is good and the NCS has a proper antenna.


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