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Base HY-GAIN PENETRATOR vs Maco V58

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by 357, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    What do you guys think?
    hygain or maco?



    So far I've seen this about the hygain.
    Those cuts and the fitment is nasty.

    -Hy-Gain-SPT-500-2018213163021504.jpg -Hy-Gain-SPT-500-2018213163023483.jpg
     

  2. midnight special

    midnight special Well-Known Member

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    hygain for performance
     
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  3. Unit 194

    Unit 194 Well-Known Member

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    Is that the new or old version of the Hy-Gain?
     
  4. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    I'd guess new.


    Reviewer: STEVE from TX
    Date: February 13, 2018
    https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/hgn-spt-500/reviews


    Also it looks like the old version was only 1 slot made by a grinder.
    The new ones are 2 slots with what looks like a bandsaw

    2017090.jpg 2017091.jpg 2017092.jpg


     
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  5. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    I see why they stopped the 1 cut and do 2 cuts...


     
  6. Ranch55

    Ranch55 Well-Known Member

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    357 ........
    Those photos you posted above in Post #1 are actually my photos that I sent to HyGain to complain about a new Penetrator 500 just purchased.
    I sent those photos and some complaint issue.
    They asked me what parts I wanted replaced. I gave them a complete parts list of everything I wanted replaced on the new antenna.
    They sent me all new tubing sections and parts that I requested. They did not want any of the original parts back, They told me to just keep them.
    All of the new parts and tubing sections fit much, much better. I was good to go after that.
    I figure that someone was not being very diligent on the day they fabricated the tubing sections the first time.
    And I also do have an original, brand new, 1982 model Penetrator 500 antenna still in the box, never opened, in my collection of antenna stuff .....
    And I also have another original, 1982 Penetrator 500 (new, out of the box in May 2016) that is currently in service.
     
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  7. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    Very good.

    So the "new" model is still up?
    Any arcing, cracked plastic yet?

    thanks!
     
  8. Ranch55

    Ranch55 Well-Known Member

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    Keep the power down and any arcing probably will not occur ......
    Cracked plastic insulators ? ...... time will tell .......
    I have made my own replacement insulators that will not ever crack or let any arcing occur.
    I use PTFE rated for 500V/mil of thickness. It is good for electrical and RF insulating .
     
  9. Dmans

    Dmans Well-Known Member

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    357,
    Have you given upon the Imax 2000?
    I'm still mulling over my options for a vertical.
    73's
    David
     
  10. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    ya man solarcon is done.
    we tried tuning it right at the base with a mfj259 and all 3 sucked balls.
     
  11. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    you slid it over the radiator at the bottom?
     
  12. Dmans

    Dmans Well-Known Member

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    I'll scratch the Imax from my list. Thanks for the info.
    73's
    David
     
  13. JAF0

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    Bite the bullet, pay the price and go Zero-Five.
     
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  14. Ranch55

    Ranch55 Well-Known Member

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    Zero-Five Antennas ..... Colossal 10K 5/8 Wave 11 Meter Antenna
    Yes, I have one of these also currently in service. It is one heck of an antenna.
    It is very beefy and extremely well made.
    It has a narrower bandwidth than a Penetrator 500.
    500 khz bandwidth versus 1 mhz on the Penetrator.
    But it will tune very well to the center frequency of your choice.
     
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  15. Ranch55

    Ranch55 Well-Known Member

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    I have found the insulating weak point to be the top insulator on the Penetrator 500.
    It is the point that causes the VSWR to increase when the antenna gets "wet" .....And I have also had arcing at the top insulator from the vertical radiator to the horizontal elements bracket.
    This is the point where I fabricated a PTFE insulator ...... I made it longer above and below the bracket to help insulating when the antenna gets wet. Doing this solved my VSWR issue when it rained. No more high SWR reading.
     

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