"I'm considering the purchase of a Bencher Skyhawk. Anyone ever used
one? Pleased? Not pleased? Any serious issues?
Tnx for sharing your opinions.
Lake Havasu City, AZ"
I had one up for 4 or 5 years. The boom broke in a big ice storm a couple of
years ago. I thought the performance was excellent, good gain and fb across
each of the bands. I particularly liked the two part boom to mast plate -
made attachment to the mast an easy task at the top of the tower. If you are
not subject to ice it might be an excellent antenna. Bencher made a big deal
of the antenna not needing a boom truss, but I feel that is the reason the
boom broke. I have a number of close ham friends - within a quarter of a mile
and a th-7, and two small Mosley tri-banders came through the same ice storm
just fine. Also - the elements are fairly small diamenter. All of the 20
meter elements had permanent "sets" as a result of the ice load. Again -
probably wouldn't be an issue in an ice free environment, but the neighbors
didn't have any deformation on their antennas.
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