[TowerTalk] Cushcraft A50-5 Mods
Mike Smith VE9AA
ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca
Tue Jun 18 19:38:11 EDT 2019
I ran a CC a50-5 for a while many years ago. It's a real dog. SWR was good
I guess, but I nicknamed it the blob beam.
It always felt like no matter where I aimed it, the signal levels never
moved much up or down.
I had done many tests with (at the time) receiving my own beacon which was
20miles away from my QTH and it's pattern kinda resembled a butterfly.
By extending the boom, I've heard you can really make that antenna shine.
I run a A50-6S these days and the pattern is quite good as well.
5 element C/C A50-5 that has been here
> for a while languishing. It was never my intent to use this antenna as it
> was said to be a poor performer. But I read about a modification from K9MU
> and another from W5WVO each utilizing a longer boom. Has anyone had first
> hand knowledge of EITHER or BOTH of these mods or ANY OTHER that I might
> try? Any help and/or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance. -
> Mike, K4CVL
Mike, Coreen & Corey
Keswick Ridge, NB
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