Ok, here is another thread. Just a comment or two concerning the TA-33 and
For the last ten years or so, I've operated a TA-33. Ok, it got the job
done, stayed in the air, and did not give me any trouble. It is NOT a rock
crusher. Also, the antenna started having high SWR and no resonate point
on 20 but it was OK on 15 and 10 meters.
About a year ago, I picked up a used TH6DXX for $150 bucks and the guy
threw in a complete rebuild kit which included all stainless steel
connectors, nuts, bolts and washers.
A couple of weeks ago, my buddies came over and said they were gonna put
the thing up. So the did.....on my 60 foot tower
Come to find out the TA-33 had be struck by lighting. I had a choke balun
made out of RG213 and that was "holed" by lighting. None of the equipment
was damaged, but apparantly it was struck. Now, I cannot really say that
that was the cause of the high SWR on 20....but it was an indication
something was really wrong with the installation. I have yet to check all
the traps on the antenna as it is 106 degrees outside.
But, the guys put up the TH6DXX. Now I have owned one of these before and
in my estimation they are an excellent antenna. Far beyond the TA-33 in
front to back, side lobes, and angle of radiation. That goes without
saying because it has a longer boom and various reflectors and directors
tuned to specific bands. For being such and old design...it sure gets the
job done. I spend all of Sunday evening working people over the
pole...things that I have not heard in years.
Good conditions...good antenna. I hope MFJ does the right thing with HyGain.
Some comments and observations.
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