[TenTec] Value of RX Only Antennas

Jim Brown k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
Sun Sep 22 17:58:52 EDT 2013

Compared to what?  Want to make your TX signal 10dB louder?  You're 
going to spend $1k - $5K for a decent amp.  Yes, you can get junk for 
less.  You're going to spend $1K - $4K to buy a tribander and put it on 
a tower.

I work a lot of contests, some running legal limit, some QRP. I've got 
decent TX and RX antennas, there are guys who I regularly hear at S9 
plus who can never seem to hear me, while I'm working lots of stations 
all around them. Classic case of an alligator -- big mouth, no ears. 
These guys call CQ non-stop, often without making a QSO because they 
can't hear people calling them.

As to the cost of their systems -- there are four short verticals, four 
preamp/line drivers, a phasing network, switching to choose the desired 
direction, all made in USA, and a licensing fee to the company who 
claims a patent on it. Yes, we could build from scratch.  How much is 
your time worth?  Do you have the skills and knowledge? :)

73, Jim K9YC

On 9/22/2013 1:04 PM, Steve MIller wrote:
> Pricey little suckers aren't they!!!!
> Hi-Z sells the components for several nice vertical RX arrays.
> http://www.hizantennas.com/

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