[TowerTalk] Tower and X7
Daniel R Goddard
Wed, 15 Mar 2000 09:10:04 -0500
At my present location I could only put up a 25 foot tower. On this
tower I put a Cushcraft X7.
Hear the rest of the story.
When the antenna arrived all parts were checked and 2 pieces of tubing
48" in length were not machined right. Two weeks ago I notified the
Cushcraft of the problem and they said the right tubing would be in there
mail the next day - right.
I have e-mailed and called Cushcraft several times and they would always
say "it's in the mail."
After waiting ten days I decided to make my own tubing. The first thing
I did was to get rid of all those hose clamps. I riveted together all
elements which made the antenna rock solid. I put up the antenna and to
my surprise the SWR was flat on 20, 15 and 10. I work everyone I hear.
I even work some 40 meters without the add on kit.
The antenna (X7) is a great antenna but the support from Cushcraft
"sucks." I have read of other hams who have had problems with parts
support from Cushcraft. This will be my last antenna from this company.
Dan - KI8FH
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