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Base New A99 is shorter than my older A99 by 13" overall.

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by Marconi, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. Marconi

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

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    So, I'll be checking it out for resonance at 27.205 MHz before I install it at 42' feet. Solarcon shortened the base element 12.25" inches, middle section is the same as the old A99, the tip is 1" shorter than the old A99.



    In the new manual they still talk about the antenna being pre-tuned at the factory for the middle of the CB band...so that might suggest that the Broadband width is how they do this with a shorter radiator...or possibly they also changed the matching device too which is likely.
     
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  2. bob85

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    My first a99 was a little longer than the later ones i have had but nothing like 13" longer.
     
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  3. Marconi

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

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    Base on the thread about the Imax changing lengths, I'm sure over time that Solarcon has probably made the A99 at different lengths and probably for the same reasons. It probably had to do with shipping charges.

    I'll test my new A99 soon and report the results.
     
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  4. S&W357

    S&W357 WDX-556 / 2NC556 $upporting Member

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    Interesting.

    Off subject somewhat but relevant is the I-Max antenna and that Solarcon shortened that length.

    Several semi-local guys in the last month have bought new Max-2000 antennas (old I-max ?) and they are all back at 24' length...or so they say.
     
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  5. Eldorado828

    Eldorado828 8-2-8 Amarillo Tx Standing By

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    Seems to be so much back and forth on the imax lengths that I just won't take the chance of ever buying one, especially after hearing many say they won't tune.
     
  6. Marconi

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

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    I did not touch the rings like just it still suggest for CB in the new and old manuals. The manual also says the CB band should produce SWR below 1.50 SWR for the entire 11 meter band and more.

    The antenna is flat all around 28.500 MHz.
     
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  7. M0GVZ

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    That would be about right for their home market, the EU where we operate on two bands, the first being the same as the USA, the second being the UK PR27 which goes up to 27.99125Mhz.
     
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