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Best low cost intro beam

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by lonestarbandit, May 27, 2021.

  1. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    So looking for opinions and statistics regarding gain etc for the best value for money introductory small beams. Discuss for my benefit lol

    No BaBs please (Big ass Beams)



    Maco Vquad
    Gizmotchy 3 element
    VQ3 V-Quad Antenna
    Maco VQ3 V-Quad Antenna
    Other alternatives
     
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  2. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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  3. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Sirio 27-4
     
  4. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    I just got done testing this one. https://www.radiowavz.com/product/s...gle-band/85?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

    Very lightweight - doesn't take up much space. Some good gain and horizontal polarization. Super easy to assemble. In use it reminded me of the V Quad.

    Not going to be in the same realm as a 3 element yagi though.

    If you're interested in it let me know. I just bought it so I could do the video overview and test it, I don't need another antenna :)

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    What the heck? Ive not seen a beam look like that before...how....what..that is extremely ....weird...?
    If I put that on my house my wife might make it not my house.....
     
  6. groundwire

    groundwire Sr. Member

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    I would just go with a standard 3 element horizontal. Like a maco or something.
     
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  7. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    You may not like what she says about a V quad or a 3 element yagi then :) No such thing as a subtle beam for looks.

    Anyone who comes to your house will always notice it.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Ooof. At least that one doesn't look like a spaceship however. Lol. How are those Vquads for real world gain?
     
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  9. The20poundhammer

    The20poundhammer Sr. Member

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    Would be hard to beat a Maco 3 element V quad or just a M103 Maco either one. Both not super expensive.
     
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  10. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Elmer

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    V Quad all the way
     
  11. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    I've you're looking for the most simple and lightest V Quad, if you're ready to take the leap get the M103. Either way you'll need a solid mount and rotor unless you plan to manually adjust or talk in one direction.
     
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  12. lonestarbandit

    lonestarbandit 4-2-9 Central TX

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    Yes already looking at the rotor, the non included rotor wires, the poles, the brackets, another run of coax, an antenna switch..still waiting on my hopperbuilt box to ship....getting impatient. I am in suburbia now so big beams are out. I remember now what CB stood for.... I'd forgotten in 15 plus years I'd been away. Constantly Buying.
     
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  13. wjm1129

    wjm1129 Active Member

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    A Moxon is a pretty good bang for the buck.
     
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  14. snippits75

    snippits75 Well-Known Member

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    I have a V Quad. It is a very good antenna.
     
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  15. HomerBB

    HomerBB Sr. Member

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    Moxon.
    Easy, simple small, decent gain, great front to back rejection. No matching network 50 Ohm direct connection.
    Can build it quickly, or buy it reasonably.
     

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