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Best groundplane ???

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by kbbgood, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. kbbgood

    kbbgood Member

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    Who makes the best ground-plane for the money. Been looking at the maco v58, the Sirio Tornado, and the Hy gain Super Penetrator. Any other antenna out there better for the money? 150 or less. Will get it up about 30 feet at the mount. What do you guys think.


     

  2. kd-5-bgt

    kd-5-bgt W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Any of those antennas are good performers,take your time and look over the specs for each antenna again and go with what you feel will work for your install
     
  3. kbbgood

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    My main thing is to find out which ones are built the toughest and will last the longest and is the easiest to get in tune and stay that way.
     
  4. Big Dog 59

    Big Dog 59 Big Dog !!!

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    SPT-500
     
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  5. ExitThirteen

    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    I'm a fan of the Hy-Gain SPT-500, but if you can find one used, an Avanti Sigma 4 is also another GREAT antenna.



    ~Cheers~
     
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  6. Shockwave

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    Regardless of what you hear, the Sigma IV or the new Vector 4000 will outperform all 5/8 wave groundplanes in terms of distant signals. The Sirio Gain-Master is nearly identical in performance for low power applications (500 watts or less) but costs over the $150 price level.

    Your goal of having durability, ease of tuning and meeting the price range will be best suited with the Hy Gain SP. The Vector would have been my first suggestion but it does not meet the durability requirement. On the other hand it may be wise to put a little more aside for the GM antenna if you're not using much power. It does shine in the distance.
     
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  7. wavrider

    wavrider W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Depends on your location.

    Are you in a valley? Or on top of a hill?

    If it is level land around you then any .625 or .64 wl will perform good.

    If you are in a valley and need a high angle of radiation then a 1/4 wl will provide that.

    I have tried the .64wl antennas. Aluminum, fiberglass, etc.etc.

    I have found there is no "BEST" groundplane.

    I currently have an antron99 on top of one tower at 65' to the feed point.
    It works 10.11.12, and 15 meter bands without an antenna coupler.

    The other tower is the imax 2000 at 80' to the feed point. It also works 10.11.12. and 15 meters without an antenna coupler.

    For around $130 shippd to your door it is hard to beat an imax2000 for the money.

    Wrap an RF choke at the feed point, install it as high as you can and start making contacts.

    This link has 9 pages of reviews for the imax 2000, by amateur operators no less.
    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1376

    another review
    Imax 2000 Base CB Antenna Review
     
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  8. Lil'Yeshua

    Lil'Yeshua .......

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    Hy-Gain ?
     
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    Quiksilver Active Member

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    m-400 [starduster
    workman 5/8
    spt 500
     
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  11. North Texas Mudduck

    North Texas Mudduck Active Member

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    Zero Five Antennas
    Colossal 5KW and 10Kw
     
  12. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Based on your Post ( and money is not a factor) I agree the I-10K it the best choice, they are really built to take a beating from weather.
    Jay uses very good materials and they withstand weather extremes.
    Mine is very easy to tune and Jay includes plenty of detailed info.
    Using the instruction included with the antenna get you just about spot on the first time.
    The only problem seems to be getting Steve ( Jays Business partner) to get it together and make another production run.
    If you are NOT in an area that has weather extremes the the Hy Gain SP is a good choice.
    I do Agree with Waverider that there is No "Best" single antenna because where you are and what you want to do also influences your buying decision.

    This is true under the right conditions, several years ago I lived down in a little canyon here in the Sierras I had both a 5/8s and a 1/4 wave mounted at the same height Approx 60 feet apart.
    When working DX, at times the 1/4 would outperform the 5/8 depending on where the contact was and the conditions at the time.


    73
    Jeff
     
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  13. kb1sel

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    Interceptor all the way for sure
     
  14. 121lakesideboss

    121lakesideboss New Member

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    If money isn't an issue the 10k is what i would go with myself if your on a tight budget get the maco v5 i have one there excellent stood up to 80mph wind during a severe storm never bent just bowed have a good day
     
  15. Grogan

    Grogan W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I-max for match and wide band with low swr on more than one band. I have a Super Tornado and love it also very quiet. Talked all over with it and forgot to turn the amp on several times also
     

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