Over the years I have felt the TH6 is one of the biggest bargains in ham
radio, with fully functional used ones going for $100-$150. Especially with
the price of new tribanders going sky high lately! I have always found that
used tribanders sell pretty sluggishly and don't bring high prices, though
the last TH7 or two that I saw change hands went for more like $350. The
TH-11 would probably do a little better too. I've seen several A3
tribanders go for $100 and I'd say TA-36s would be about $50-$100. Cheap!
Aluminum tubing, which has gotten expensive too, would cost more than this.
I have also had very poor success selling used HF antennas at hamfests,
though I have tried a number of times. Most hams seem to prefer to buy new
on an item like this, or don't trust used ones, and/or most hams aren't on
HF but are only on VHF/UHF. It gets pretty old getting up at oh-dark-thirty
with a big pile of aluminum on top of the truck and having little interest
in it all day, despite a low pricetag, and dragging it back home again.
I used a TH6 for years and at 100' did often beat local big guns with
monobanders on longhaul DX but regularly got thrashed to the Caribbean by
everyone with a 30' high antenna on a chimney mount.
73 - Rich, KE3Q
----- Original Message -----
From: "GALE STEWARD" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "towertalk reflector" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TH6DX
> I Agree with Phil! I have a 1965 vintage TH6 that's
> still working great. I have refurbished the traps
> several times and the hardware is now all stainless.
> Other than that, it's the original antenna. If anyone
> wants to get rid of their "old, worn out" TH6's, you
> can send them to me!
> 73, Stew K3ND
> --- Phil Duff <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > At 15:43 1/25/2003 -0500, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
> > > If you're thinking about buying a used TH6,
> > it'd better be in good
> > >condition and real cheap - any TH6 is long in the
> > tooth and near the end of
> > >it's service life.
> > I disagree that any TH6 is "near end of service
> > life". It depends on the
> > condition of the individual beam.
> > I have 2 TH7's. One started as a TH6 I purchased
> > new in 1971. I converted
> > it to a TH7. It shows no signs of being near "end of
> > service life" -
> > whatever that is. They may need to have the trap
> > caps and driven element
> > insulators replaced every decade or so but the rest
> > is just fine.
> > I've often ponder replacing my TH7's but find it
> > difficult to justify the
> > large expense of the newer generation of beams for
> > the possible small
> > incremental gain in performance.
> > 73 Phil NA4M
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> > Phil Duff NA4M email@example.com Georgetown, Texas
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