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Old 07-16-2012, 06:15 PM
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I just order a new Imax 2000. It is the most i can afford at the moment. I plan to use a 8'-9' grounding rod, and mount it on a 20'-25' tall steel mast off the ground. The mast will be next to the house and attached to the eve. This antenna will never see more then a peaked and tuned legal AM/SSB radio. I will also use new belden 9913 coax all one length with one switch. Do you think I will have any issue with TVI and upset neighbors.


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Run an ugly balun where the coax meets the antenna, and I think you will be just fine. Unless you have a neighbor running a junky old TV or cordless phone, a stock rig and good grounding should not cause problems.

When your budget allows, you could add a Bencher TVI filter, but it probably won't be necessary with a clean output stock rig.

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if it's not too late to cancel your order you may want to consider a workman 58 '

W-58 Omni-Directional Antenna - Palco Electronics

same as a maco 5/8 basically

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Why people bash this antenna as a "junk antenna" ill never know.. Around here the '2000 is one of the most popular antennas around. I had one and i wish i had of kept it as it was one of the better vertical antennas i ever owned that was fiberglass, and i never had any issues with the people next door..

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Thanks guys,

I just moved(renting) into this house and I don't want to install a big antenna with a ground radial just yet. I haven't meet too many of the neighbors yet so i'm hoping for no issues. I was thinking about adding home brew choke for good measure. This antenna was recommended by a local skip shooter that is helping me with cleaning and tuning the radios.

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Could you have some RFI with that (or any other) antenna? Sure, that's not all that unusual. Can you 'cure' that sort of thing? At least 50% of the time, sure. The other 50% of the time it isn't the antenna (or feed line) that's the problem, but the device being interfered with. Not much you can do about that since it isn't your 'device', it's theirs.
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Why people bash this antenna as a "junk antenna" ill never know.. Around here the '2000 is one of the most popular antennas around. I had one and i wish i had of kept it as it was one of the better vertical antennas i ever owned that was fiberglass, and i never had any issues with the people next door..
Well, I actually backed that part out of my comment, because I felt I was getting off topic. However, since you brought it up, I do not feel it is a junk antenna, nor is the A99. I have had many people tell me that they bleed all over the place, and that they are bad for TVI. Never experienced that myself, because I have ran an A99 for nearly 8 years with no complaints from the neighbors. With a 4 element Yagi in the air, I can assure you they would know who's door to come knocking on if I was interfering. And that was running as much as 500 watts through it, too. I ran a Imax 2000 at my Dad's place with a two pill with no complaints, either

What I did recommend was the same thing I'd recommend with ANY ground plane antenna (or beam for that matter), fiberglass, aluminum, or whatever combination someone can come up with. Good basics are good basics, and we should all follow them. Sounds like socal1leg is on the right track.

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Imax great antenna run a clean radio and well grounded system you should have no problems. as far as the junk lable maybe some folks did not do a proper install. i have a antron 99,Imax 2000 and a maco V5000 all up at 42' and see no knock out drag out diffrence between the 3. the Imax and Maco have a ever so slight edge but out of the three i like the Imax 2000 better simply due to ease of installation and versitility with them bein so wide banded i can go from 26.8550 thru 28.5850 and still have swr's under 1.5. another thought some times TVi and interference that happens with folks electronic equipment can be atribute to cheap azz electronics they buy from walmart and dollar general some stuff is just poorly made and a mouse fart will bleed thru.
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