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Base New Imax wont tune 11m....this sucks

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by 357, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Marconi

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

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    357 and Recon, after nearly 2 years I am surprised no one has been able to provided the new dimensions for the New Imax. By now I would think there would be plenty of folks using the New Imax antenna.

    I went to ebay to contact one of the sellers and ask what the length of his Imax was. I also checked for CB and Ham base antennas. I found about 15 pages of 50 items each page. I found 0 Imax antennas for sale. I found plenty of A99's however. I have not checked Road Pro or Amazon to see if they sell the A99, and I find no contact info for Solarcon or a Website. It's like they never existed.

    Interesting 357, I understand you being pissed, but is this just an opinion or do you have some bases for your idea?

    I also contacted Coppers' Electronics with the question about the length of the New Imax.



     
    #256 Marconi, Jan 21, 2020
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  2. Marconi

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

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    Copper's Electronics responded to my emai.
     

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  3. techradioman

    techradioman Active Member

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    So it's now an inch shorter and not 2 feet shorter ? If that's correct then that 1 inch should be able to be corrected by the rings or make almost no difference at all.
     
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  4. ENC Pirate

    ENC Pirate Ocean One Cape Hatteras

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    Time to move on, this is nuts and the making the antenna fit in a box is the dumbest thing I ever heard. I have the antenna, 24 feet, and truth is it is not the best antenna out there by any means, IMO. Local is one thing, but going for DX, just about anything will be as good, I have a couple dipoles that are every bit as good as my IMAX, wont even talk about beams, even beams at 10 to 20 feet off the ground will eat the Imax for lunch on dx. I paid about 130 not long ago for the IMAX, plus shipping and tax took it to around 160. For about that amount you can buy a 3 element Sirio, assuming you have the room. 73's
    Ocean One Cape Hatteras
     
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  5. Benz

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    Hello,

    Sorry for my english i live in switzerland
    I ordered the max 2000 I installed and
    Here is the result
    27,000 swr 2.1
    27.205 swr 1.9
    27,405. swr 1.8
    28,000 swr 1.1
    29,000 swr 1.1
    26,000 swr 2.5
    21,000 swr 1.2
    22,000 swr 1.2

    Strip 11m impossible to descend the swr!

    I also have a sirio gain master
    25,500 to 29,500 swr 1.2
     
  6. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Let me refresh want was posted at a earlier date.

    Solorcon shortened the Antenna 24 inches , making the antenna 22 feet long.
    It is my guess that is when the correct name of the antenna went from the
    I Max 2000
    To
    Max 2000.
    Then Solorcon sold to Pro Com
    They recently shortened it another 1/4 of a inch for some unknown reason.
    In one of these threads I posted my e mails from myself to Pro Com.
    I also think Bells CB stopped selling them when they went from 24 feet, to 22 feet.
    I am sure a e mail to Bells may answer that one for sure if anyone is so inclined.
    I have no way of putting a date on when the went from 24 to 22 but it was pro com that snipped off the last 3/4 of a inch.
    There is no way of knowing if your nearby retailer has the 24 foot one or the 22 foot one because they may still have old stock of the 24's or it is new stock of 22 footers.
    Unless you can get them to pull it out of the package and measure before shipping.

    I think some of the online retailers have keep selling the antenna and not updated there descriptions.
    This thread and a couple related ones was a attempt to get info about when the length changed and how it effected the tuning.
    It is or was a popular antenna used by CB and ham operators.
    Like the A99
    Love by some, hated by others.

    73
    Jeff
     
  7. Marconi

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

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    Jeff I can't remember, do you think anyone has posted the individual element lengths for the New Imax that is 22' - 0.75" inches.

    BTW, my old I-MAX 2000 Manual that was bought on 07/03/2009, and it shows I-MAX 2000 on the front page. However on page 7, the Frequency/Antenna Length Table shows MAX99 in the first column and MAX2000 in the second column. Page 8, shows the specifications for the MAX99.

    The type set for both pages 7 & 8 are the same as the rest of the Manual, but the type is "Bold" as noted below is an image of my Manual showing both names being used I-MAX2000, MAX2000 back in 2009. So, I guess a new question is: did Solarcon sell-out to whoever back then, on or before 2009?

    Click link below.
    https://www.worldwidedx.com/attachments/imax-manual-frequency-trim-chart-pdf.33301/
     
  8. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    That I don't know Eddie.
    It would help a lot if we had a timeline when the antenna was shortened and by who.
    I think the correct length of the new one by pro com( or is it Road pro even I am forgetful now) is 21 feet 11 and 3/4 inch.

    Let me go back and look through these threads to confirm that and the name of the company that now owned the I Max.
    Yes I am also not sure about the Max 2000 gets I Max 2000 name change.
    It was my hope that we could find someone in the know to tell us some solid details about the time line.
    Be right back.

    73
    Jeff
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Here is the E mail from Road Pro ( not Pro Com) that states the length now.
    From these EMails back in this thread it looks to me that SolarCon is who lopped off 2 feet.
    Then sold to Road Pro.
    73
    Jeff
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    This answer from bells CB says they got a shipment were only 1 antenna was 24 feet long, and the rest 22.
    It seems they started shipping short antennas with out letting retailers the change had happened.

    73
    Jeff
     
  11. techradioman

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    It's just the top section that has been shortened correct ? If so someone needs to make just a correct length top section for these.
     
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  12. RT431

    RT431 In the swamp

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    Çut down a SS whip and jola! You got your 24' Imax. :barefoot:
     
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    I do not know if they only shortened the top section or all three.
    We would need measurements of all 3 sections from both the 24 foot and the 22 , or 21 foot 11 and 3/4 to figure that one out.

    73
    Jeff
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    I also sent Road Pro a link to this part of the forum, but they never showed up here
    73
    Jeff
     
  15. Marconi

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

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    Tech, that would make sense, but all the elements were close to the same overall length similar to the images below. Here we see the base element looks to be the longest. If so and the problem was the shipping length which was given as the reason for making the antenna 2' feet shorter...just making the tip 2 feet shorter would not seem to me to solve the problem.

    So, according to the trim schedule in the Manual...making the tip 24" inches shorter would put the antenna tune close to 29.743 MHz with a possible good match at 10 meters too, and again for me that would not make good sense for CB operators either.

    This is why I'm curious about the possible new lengths for all 3 elements.

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    Jeff, I'm sorry I put you to reading more.
     
    #270 Marconi, Feb 18, 2020 at 11:21 PM
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