[TowerTalk] Poor eHam reviews of the AV 480
fishflorida at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 19:24:21 EDT 2014
Folks, there are ONLY THREE eham reviews for this antenna. If there were 10
bad reviews from 10 different hams, I'd suspect the worse, but 3? The
AV640 is a similar antenna (doesn't cover 80m) and has 64 reviews and a 4.2
I browsed the manual and it seems to be a fairly complicated assembly, with
"capacity hats" for 3 bands. I can see where something can go wrong, but I
would never make a judgement on a product that only had 3 reviews, based on
those reviews alone.
On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM, David Gilbert <xdavid at cis-broadband.com>wrote:
> It's actually the AV-680, and all three eHam reviews describe major
> quality issues.
> Two reviewers accordingly gave the antenna a poor grade.. The third
> reviewer gave it a good mark because the dealer provided good followup
> service although he had no other antenna to compare it against and fell
> back on the invalid "if I can hear it I can work it" endorsement regarding
> actual performance.
> The only conclusion that can be made here is that three users had
> out-of-the-box quality problems and that none of them were able to
> objectively comment on the performance of the antenna. Without searching
> for other reviews nobody would know if the quality issues are typical or
> not since, as someone else here pointed out, people are much more likely to
> take to the forums to air a grievance than express satisfaction.
> Dave AB7E
> On 4/9/2014 5:47 PM, john at iguanavilla.com wrote:
>> I was curious what this antenna is and google cannot seem to find it. Are
>> the poor reviews quality related or regarding performance?
>> John KK9A
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>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Poor eHam reviews of the AV 480
>> From: "David Thompson" <thompson at mindspring.com>
>> Reply-to: David Thompson <thompson at mindspring.com>
>> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:19:46 -0400
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>> 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
>> running low power.
>> How do we over ride the poor reviews from hams who probably have no idea
>> how to set up a vertical?
>> 73 Dave K4JRB
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Mickey Baker, N4MB
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