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Chameleon Antenna NEW Products

Captain Crunch

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Since few years already I've been following what the guys at Chameleon Antenna were doing and in 2014 they've released a couple of new and interesting antennas. From what I’ve seen so far their product quality went up drastically!

Is there anyone on this forum who is actually using them?

They've been selling on Ham Radio Outlet (http://www.hamradio.com/) since January 2014 which is where I saw their latest products few months ago.

I really like their light weight and portable HYBRID-MICRO as I saw a guy using it on a man pack system that he built himself. It was so cool. The man pack looks like the one in that video:


http://chameleonantenna.com/PORTABLE ANTENNA/CHA HYBRID-MICRO/Chameleon HYBRID-MICRO.html

Few weeks ago I also noticed that Chameleon Antenna are working on a portable magnetic loop antenna (something like the Alex Loop but really different). I don’t know anything about loop but this thing looks great!


Here some pictures I took from their forum:

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Moleculo

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I've seen some of their antennas at HRO and they look pretty well built. I haven't decided if I like or hate the idea of a magnetic loop antenna attached to a pelican case radio like that, though. I like the emcomm package they put together with the pack, but boy are they proud of it.
 

Captain Crunch

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Since my last visit here and because I knew nothing about the subject, I did some research about magnetic loop antennas. If I understand it correctly the way that Chameleon Antenna are actually coupling their loop (capacitive coupling instead of inductive coupling) is pretty rare! In fact beside the military (http://www.comrod.com/article.php?articleID=388), I haven't found anyone else on the market that is actually manufacturing something like that. The project is interesting.

I like the idea of having the loop tuning device incorporated within a pelican suitcase because most magnetic loop on the market looks very delicate and almost flimsy.
 

AudioShockwav

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If you search here on the forum, you will find more info about magnetic loop antennas.
I have built and used a couple, one I used on the patio of the apartment I was living in at the time.
Sitting on a small table, about 36 or so inches off the ground I worked stations in Montana, Utah, and the Dakotas over a period of a weekend.
The next weekend I took it to a park nearby and worked DX all over the midwest with it all the time running less than 50 watts.
It was a really fun little antenna to play with.
Look for the "coke can" loop antenna. if you want to see something neat.

73
Jeff
 
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Tallman

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I just bought one and have not received it yet. Payment has been made but no tracking numbers yet.
 

Tallman

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Camaro1 said: that post was over a year old and that product link says discontiunued

True enough but no one actually answered the question. The antenna system I purchased is still in production. I did not go digging through old postings to find this thread. It might have popped up while I was researching "Mobile Antennas" and I did start a thread looking for an antenna for my new Escalade. But I did not buy it because of high mileage and a faint odor of river water. I bought a S-10 with a turbocharger instead.
 

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  • @ ButtFuzz:
    on the connector with the green wire, if you short that to a nearby black wire, the power supply will turn on. (for use as a bench supply or whatever)
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    And IIRC, the purple wire is -12VDC, but that is from memory and it does not serve.
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    So if you need, say, 7v, connect + to the Yellow wire and - to the Red wire.
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    or or you need 9v connect + to the yellow wire and - to the orange wire. note: not all PSU's have the orange wire nowadays, as many manufactures had the voltage regulation on the motherboard, and all the power supply gives is 12 vdc
  • @ BJ radionut:
    Thanks ROB will check it out!~!! got to clean the work bench a little make room for that big case :)