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Picked up what I was told is a Ringo Ranger for 2 meters

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  1. Turbo T

    Turbo T Active Member

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    I picked this up today for $30. (hope I did good) I was told it's a Ringo Ranger antenna but I don't see any markings on it, other than the coax does say "Cushcraft" which I have read is the maker of Ringo antennas.

    I had to add in a 5 ft. TV antenna pole between the main antenna and the vertical ground plane. I found out the connector on the ground plane is jacked up. Some idiot cross threaded the connector on at one point so the threads on the tip are messed up.



    Maybe I can score this connector really cheap? Or is it imperative there needs to be a coax connected between the horizontal ground plane and the main portion of the antenna?

    Anyways please view the pics and advise. Thanks in advance.

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    binrat W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I was given 2 Ringo Rangers last year. 1 for VHF and 1 for UHF. That looks the UHF 1 that I had. I gave it away to another local who plays with UHF.

    Edit: I shall correct myself. Look here, depending on the length it may very well be VHF.
    http://www.cushcraftamateur.com/pdffiles/ARX2B.pdf
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  3. Dave_W6DPS

    Dave_W6DPS W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    That is an ARX-2B. They are a great antenna.

    I used one for years, until I replaced it with an ARX-270 dual-band.

    Make sure you clean it up as you assenble it, since aluminum does corrode. Use sealing dope on the coax at all three connectors, and plan on redoing these two things every two to three years. With periodic cleaning and resealing this antenna performs very well--almost rivalling a beam with an omni-direction pattren!
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  4. Turbo T

    Turbo T Active Member

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    Thanks Dave. May I ask, is it imperative to run the ground plane radio on this antenna? One of the radials broke off today.
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    Dave_W6DPS W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    If you remove the radial ring and coax sectionfrom an ARX-2B, and feed directly to the ring match, you now have an ARX-2. You lose a couple dB, but it is not too bad.

    Cushcraft (now part of MFJ) sells replacement parts.

    Good luck!
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    Cool. I may try that as I'm anxious to get this up to start talking.

    The guy I bought it from said it also worked on 70 cm....any truth in that?
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    wa4gch Active Member

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    ar2 no it is 2 only
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  8. Turbo T

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    Thanks Bruce, good to see you here and not just the truckers forum. Guess the guy lied to me, he said he could run 70 cm with it. I've not tried it nor will I.
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    Be sure to properly weather proof your connection.
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  10. wa4gch

    wa4gch Active Member

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    YEP do that and they last a long time ....
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    He might not kow i think its the 270 ringo that does both
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