[TowerTalk] Poor eHam reviews of the AV 480
Joe Subich, W4TV
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Wed Apr 9 20:19:40 EDT 2014
> How do we over ride the poor reviews from hams who probably have no
> idea of how to set up a vertical?
With only three reviews, the AV-680 suffers because of one bad review
for an issue (MFJ/Hy-Gain quality control) that has no bearing on the
I'd suggest looking at the reviews for the AV-640, AV-620, CushCraft
R9, R8, R7, R5, R6000 and R7000 all of which are essentially the same
antenna with different frequency coverage. While this class of OCF
verticals is not going to outperform a small beam at 40 or 50 feet on
the higher bands or a full size vertical with a mile of wire in the
ground on 80 and 40, it is a well though out design that does make
contacts ... an old beat-up R5 that I dragged around the country for
20 years is responsible for a large part of making DXCC honor roll
and hitting 2500 on DXCC Challenge. In all that time I've never had
an amplifier or antennas other than the R5 (or R7 and R6000) and a
low (40' in the trees) 160/80/40 trapped inverted V.
... Joe, W4TV
On 4/9/2014 7:19 PM, David Thompson wrote:
> I tried to convince Ray W5EW to replace his 6BTV vertical with a Hy-Gain
> AV-480 but the reviews on eHam were so bad he has decided not to spend
> the money. The 6BTV has 30 radials and does well in the RTTY Contests
> he enters running low power.
> How do we over ride the poor reviews from hams who probably have no idea
> of how to set up a vertical?
> 73 Dave K4JRB
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