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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by TonyV225, Sep 11, 2008.
The Imax 2000 EXPOSED!
The Imax 2000 (8 years old) i was given works fine without tuner from 15 to 10, with tuner 20 meter will work, but there the FD-4 OCF works better anyway.
Hope this helps.
I have owned and used both ( still have them somewhere)
I noticed better receive and at times better transmit on Imax 2000 (with ground plane)
The only good things about these antennas ( in my book are)
They are cheep
They are not easy to see at night
However if you want to change to a Truly Excellent antenna
I will suggest looking here
Home of the Interceptor 10K Antenna
Problem with this antenna in many peoples mind is
and a good deal more involved setting this antenna up
The good things about the Interceptor I-10K are
will possibly out last you
will not be bothered by storms (except for the craziest most insane weather)
You will hear far better ( quieter and further)
You will very likely transmit further
Also for those running amps ( i hear a few people like to on 11 meters ... LOL )
the I-10K will likely handle far more power then the average CBer is using
Back to your original question
I used the A99 and have spoken all over the world with it
I have spoken all over the world with the Imax 2000
However i consistently talk far with the Interceptor I-10K
if you are un-willing or un-able to spend the money for a truly good antenna
Then it i my experience there is not enough difference between the A99 & Imax 2000
to warrant wasting the money on the Imax 2000
Save your money and get what most people (myself included) call the best ground plane vertical 27 mhz - 11 meter antenna out there
The Interceptor I-10K
3 bands on one antenna ...... and 12 and 17 with a MFJ tuner .....
What's the difference between an A99, an Imax, and any other antenna? Electrical length, construction, input impedance matching, and ease of use. That's it. The rest is all 'opinion'.
Construction means how well it's put together, quality. Has nothing to do whether it's all metal, or has some plastic/fiberglass/whatever in how it's put together. (Fiberglass does not affect RF, RF sees right through it. It doesn't attract lightning. And all those other things you hear about it. I'm not very 'enthused' with it cuz it makes me itch.)
The determining factor for any antenna is it's radiation pattern, where the signal goes when it leaves the antenna. If that pattern is such that the signal goes where you want it to, that's good. If it doesn't, then that's not so good. Doesn't matter what antenna you're talking about, that holds true for all of them. An antenna's length determines the general shape of it's radiation pattern (size). What's around that antenna determines the radiation patterns shape, as in holes, spots where it doesn't go, distorts the 'classical' pattern to something else. That means that getting the @#$ thing away from stuff is good, to some ridiculous point. You can see further the higher you are, and an antenna is basically the same. Lot's of 'wiggle room' in that statement, but basically true.
And probably what makes the most difference in how well an antenna is 'liked' is how easy is it to set up, to adjust, and to just be able to lift the thing, you know? Both the A99 and Imax antennas are really about as 'easy' as it gets. Same for impedance matching. May not be 'perfect', but a lot easier to mess with than some others.
So much for that.
I've had an A99 up for a lot of years. It worked. Not 'perfect' in every case, but certainly 'good enough'. At times, an 80 meter looped worked just as well and sometimes better. But not most of the time. It isn't up any more. Not because I found a better one, but because fiberglass doesn't last very long around here, and since I hate messing with fiberglass, I didn't want to fix it. I tend to think that an Imax would be the same (fiberglass) and I don't want to mess with it either. (The loop is gone too. One too many ice storms, etc. I really hate that! Oh well.)
So. What did all that have to do with what you asked? The pertinent parts are there. You get to sort out the 'yeah, so what' parts!
Crap! Gotta go to work. Later all ya'all.
("All ya'all" = plural. "Ya'all" = singular. End of redneck lesson.)
If this is so then is not the Imax 2000 better as it is a 5/8th wave over the A99?
I personaly like my maco 5/8, less cost than the I-10K but probly the same performance and I have it since 2003 and it is as good as new. I dont like the fiberglass myself.
My results, - for what it's worth
Same radio, mast, coax, contacts:
A99 ..................... S-7
CLR-2, Jam Ram,
other 19'6" '5/8' ... S-8
IMAX 2000 ........... S-9
Avanti Sigma 5/8,
Wilson Alpha V5/8,
other 23' .64 ......... S-9+5dB
How do you find your recieve/ qrm etc between the mako and the imax 2000?