Pardon the spelling, I'm not using my usual system or mail reader.
> I originally planned on using SteppIRs when I got out here. I couldn't
> wound up getting the antennas you described. KT36XAs and the 4 el 40
> First, the light duty ain't so light duty and it ain't your daddy's KLM.
> weighs in about 65 pounds heavier than the old KLM version. In addtion,
> old negative mechanical issues have been elimiinated.
My daddy wasn't a ham, but I had the full KLM line up "in the old days" when
I had a lot more room<:-))
Actually in the late 70's I sold KLM and Wilson antennas, but that was in
> The same is true for the KT36XA. It's not much heavier, but the
> issues have been addressed.
I had a feeling they were very sturdy looking at the construction and
reading the specs.
> I have had three XAs in a stack and the 40 up since around February. I
> totally pleased with the products. I had several issues (missing parts
> one XA that loaded up kinda funky) All the missing parts were sent out
> to KH6
> quickly (within a couple of days). Mike held my hand, even giving me his
> home phone number in resolving the XA issue. No mechanical defects on
> that one.
> It turns out that when I was building the elements on the ground I water
> got into the cap before I sealed it up. Builder dumbness.
> I solved the WARC band problem with a A-3WS....nice and light and a
> servicable ant for those bands.
I might eventually have to add something like that, particularly with the
SO2R set up.
> I am totally happy with the customer service and the performance of the M2
> antennas. 10 out of 10 for a review as far as customer service, quality
> bang for the buck.
> As far as the wait. I can think of two other items sold to hams that
> have a
> long wait...K-3s and SteppIRs. Both are quality items in their own
And the expensive stuff is usually built to order and although popular none
of these are big factories that can support a huge inventory on which they
have to pay taxes.
> Bill KH7XS/K4XS
Thanks for the input and 73
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