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Is this an original PDL II?

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by Heywood, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. Heywood

    Heywood Member

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    Was put up in 1970. Was given permission to remove it. Looks complete, but needs some rehab. Is it an original ??


     

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  2. wavrider

    wavrider W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    looks like it is to me
     
  3. murdog

    murdog Active Member

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    It sure is in all its glory ! Great find .
     
  4. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Sure looks like the one I had
     
  5. Dmans

    Dmans Sr. Member

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    If not original, it is a GOOD copy!

    73
    David
     
  6. Heywood

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    It's got original Saxton signal sender coaxial cable on it too.

    I'll bet money it's a real one. I'll rebuild it.
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Looks like the one I had years ago.

    Be careful with those plastic hubs, they are old enough to be called vintage.

    73
    Jeff
     
  8. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    Wow! The original Phase Diversity Loop antenna. Haven't seen one in literally decades.

    73
     
  9. Jay Mojave

    Jay Mojave Well-Known Member

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    Hello All: Yeah the plastic hubs will probably need to be replaced with Teflon, Dilrin, or even Fiberglass. Oh and the Cast Aluminum metal Hub is know for having internal cracks and falling apart right out of the box being brand new. But other than that it looks original to me, and rebuildable. I have had new billet 6061T6 Hubs made for replacing the old Hubs. But expensive.

    Taking pictures of antennas isn't easy.

    Also the PDL II, and Moonraker 4 and 6 element antennas came with cheap 14 gauge wire which would stretch with age. The assemble instructions even say to pre stretch the 14 gauge wire before installation. Suggest using 10 Gauge wire from Amidon, called Thermaleze Coated wire, as the insulation is pretty tough and the 10 Gauge wire will not stretch like the cheap 14 gauge wire supplied with the PDLII antenna. SEE:

    Thermaleze-Coated Magnet Wire (amidoncorp.com)

    Please let us know how this all works out for you. good luck.

    Jay in the Great Mojave Desert
     
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  10. Heywood

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    Well, that's good news. Fellow said he thinks he may still have the assembly manual too. He's 85, and a lot of fun to talk too. I'm taking it down next month. Pretty amazing that it's been up for 50 years and still together.
     

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  11. Marconi

    Marconi Usually if I can hear em' I can talk to em'.

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    Heywood, you be real careful with that old tower. Hopefully you will be using a good lift bucket.
     
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  12. Road Squawker

    Road Squawker Sr. Member

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    the "original" PDL and the PDL-2 are different designs
     
  13. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Looks like VERY OLD 20G/ maybe American 20G clone...
    I can not believe that thing stayed up with that PI$$Y A$$ rotor holding it in place...no Guys...bearing or thrust bushing at top!:eek::whistle:
     
  14. Jay Mojave

    Jay Mojave Well-Known Member

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    Gee Whiz what is the difference between the PDL-1 and PDL-11 ??

    Jay in the Great Mojave Desert
     
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  15. Blackcat630

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    Agreed! If climbing give it a very good inspection and shake. Look for leg splits near the base...check the welds as you slowly ascend. Keep the wiggling to a minimum :)
     
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