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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by zinger827, Oct 16, 2008.
Should perform about like a Maco V5/8. Decent antenna. Don't know how the coil will hold up to power. If you fry it, rebuild it into a better one.
- Maybe Jay would sell you a compatible higher power matching network...?
I use to have one of those Super mag type 1/2 wavelength antennas, many years ago. I won it at the local CB Break. I had in a box for some time and then I put it up and worked reasonable well. I did not measure the antennas gain, but I think it worked better than most none ground plane antennas.
The Super Mag uses a coil as the impedance matching device, and I agree with JPT with the 500 watt rating. Maybe even a even 1000 watts but no more.
I used the Super Mag Antenna as a vertical with a Moonraker 4 element beam, that was about 50 foot away. They worked well as in those days we didn't have anything better. Before all this I went down to Buddy Sales in Reseda California in the San Fernando Valley, and they no longer could get the Hy-Gain Penetrator 500....#@%$*& And those who had the Penetrator 500 would not sell them.
So it is not a waste of time to install the Super Mag Antenna, if you have it there in a box. The ground plane radials may break off after a few years in strong winds, but not everyone has the strong Santa Ana Winds we have here in the Southern California. While back in Georgia and North Carolina last year I saw a few Super Mag antennas still up and in one piece.
My Super Mag Antenna broke at the Base Plastic Insulator, exposing the matching coil. The vertical antenna element was now at a 45 degree angle and the SWR went up some. So if you put this antenna up you will need to protect the Base Insulator Plastic with black tape or paint to last longer. Or replace it with some heavy walled Gray PVC Pipe. The Gray PVC Plastic Pipe is made to take the suns UV rays and last, but I would paint it anyway.
Good luck with the Super Mag Antenna.
Jay in the Mojave
I was perusing your website and noticed that you are offering upgraded "Trombone" matching systems for beams and was wondering if you have thought about offering your "Trombone" matching system as an upgrade for other older omni antennas like the R/S .64, CLR-2, Mighty Magnum, Jam-Ram, Penetrator, etc..., (though I'm still a bit of a doubter that I would exclaim "WOW!!" after making the mod, or swapping out the P500 for your I-10K...) with perhaps some quality tubing as needed for an extension for those 18'-20' antennas out there which are old-skool & lower performing?
Since not everyone can afford $350.00+ for an omni, (let alone a beam,) it seems the market might be there for upgrading an existing omni to a higher level of performance, similar to what your I-10K offers, if it could be done for somewhere in the $75-$100 range.
I know for a fact thst there are a lot of dead coil-matched R/S .64s out there which, with a little cutting and drilling could be made to work extremely well. I've built several into P500s and they kick a$$!
- Just a thought.
that is pretty darn good I think. i recently bought a new old school m117 super magnum locally for a couple bucks at a auction. it had been left in an old garage since the 70's when they came out. the box and instructions had been chewed up by mice, but the antenna is in great shape.
I was thinking of learning how to convert into a penetrator but if this thing will do 40 or 50 miles as a half wave, i will probably just leave it, unless if someone thinks it be better off converted.
on edit: http://www.cbtricks.com/ant_manuals/ant_specialists/m_117/ad/index.htm
Aluminum Tubing Type 6063 - 6 ft.
it's all good