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Subject: [TowerTalk] Bencher Skyhawk
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 01:30:15 +0000
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"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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