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Re: [TowerTalk] re TitanDX

To: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] re TitanDX
From: "D. Scott MacKenzie" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 19:08:12 -0400
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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.....


-----Original Message-----
[]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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