This question would be more appropriate on the TowerTalk reflector... but
here's my thoughts...
I had a HyGain TH5DXX at 90 feet for 15 years and this antenna played well. It
uses a dual driven element which gives it a little wider bandwidth. I donated
this antenna to my brother, KD8FS, who has had it up the past 10 years in
Michigan. We both have used it on RTTY with 1 KW.
I do not have experience with the A4S. From the specifications the Cushcraft is
lighter (37 lbs vs. 57 lbs). This antenna has an optional 40-meter kit, the
The HyGain has a couple extra sq ft of surface area, which I would attribute to
heftier construction. Performance-wise, I doubt you would tell much difference
between these two antenna at 60 feet.
Price-wise, the heavier Hy Gain costs an extra $60. I would base my decision on
your local environmental conditions... here in Minnesota we get ice storms and
high winter winds. I bet my money on the Hy Gain to survive longer.
73 de Bob - K0RC
Posted by: "Professional Home Inspections" email@example.com pmackanos
Sat Jul 1, 2006 9:42 am (PST)
If you had the choice, which antenna would you mount on a crank-up tower,
about 60 feet to the antenna?
A Hygain TH5-MK2
A Cushcraft A4S
And WHY ??
I am leaning toward the A4S
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