My experience has been similar - it doesn't work well on 10M and 80M - but I
did work DX with it - mostly Europeans. I found that on 40M it works
excellent - this was also borne out in independent testing. 20M is so-so,
but I have worked some decent DX, including VU4 and XU which is a difficult
path for me since I am on the east coast.
But the writer is also correct, it can be fussy to work with. I got
advertised SWR at the end of the yellow pigtail. But I had to add a lot of
coax to make it work right at the rig.
I got the antenna because I wanted something simple and easy to set once and
forget. It has served that purpose. It has been up for 4 years, and no
maintenance issues. Will it outperform a beam - no it will not. Does the
performance compare to a beam - no it does not. Is it reasonable
performance with reasonable cost - yes it is.
Not knocking the Steppir Vertical - but I require no radials, and the cost
of a Titan DX is less than 1/2 the cost of the Steppir. It does work -
maybe not perfectly - but it does work. I hope to turn in my 5BDXCC cards
tomorrow at Newington.
For what it is worth.....
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Rob Atkinson, K5UJ
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 6:08 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] re TitanDX
As a vertical Titan DX is up to par on 20, 17 and maybe 15. Not too good
on 10 and probably 12. useable on 40 but you'd be better off with a 1/4 w.
base fed pipe and some radials. on 80 it's pretty bad. But hey, it's a
multi multi band antenna so there are some tradeoffs. If you are looking
for vertical antenna advice for HF, I'd have at least two: a steppIR for
10-40, and some sort of 50 or 60 foot base fed vertical radiator over
radials for 80 with a wire off the top and a trap on it, to make it work as
an inverted L on 160. That combination will in my opinion (and if properly
set up) do a lot more for you. It's just basically impossible to have one
good antenna for such a wide frequency range regardless of what the ads say.
If your Titan experience is like mine, expect a certain amount of fussing
with the antenna to get it to work right; put a line isolator in the feed
between ur coax and Gap's yellow 8X coming out of the antenna. An swr
analyzer will make adjusting it way easier.
rob / k5uj
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