[TowerTalk] TA-33 vs CL-33
thompson at mindspring.com
Mon May 30 20:19:10 PDT 2011
The TA-33SR is a 20, 15, and 10 on a 14 foot boom. You can add the 40 meter
kit to the driven element.
The CL-33 is on a 18 foot boom but the original Classic design did not allow
you to add the 40 meter extension. A friend had the CL-33 up over 100 feet
near Atlanta in 1969. I visited and used his station (600 w amp) and ran
Europe for several hours each night. The SWR was low on all the bands but I
still think you had to decide between mid band, CW, or SSB. He found mid
band gave the best results.
I helped a local put up a MP-33 which was the 750 watt version of the TA-33.
The SWR was a lot sharper and I only remember that on 20 you had 100 khz at
most for 2 to 1 points. Another fellow
who ran barefoot had the TA-33 up 55 feet in the Atlanta area and he did OK.
But he had to use a tuner to go to 28.8 on 10 back when 10 was wide open and
the band filled with DX.
Both are OK antennas but for my money the CL-33 has a longer boom and better
with somewhat better SWR curve. I now understand that the current Mosley
owner says you can add 40 meters.
73 Dave K4JRB
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