What height is the antenna and are there other objects near that could reflect? I bought my "Max 2000" in January last year and it has worked great. At 1 foot off the ground propped up on a cinder block my sw would climb if I ran a lot of power but otherwise was damned good under the circumstances. Later I raised to 6 feet, then 26 feet with better results every time. My coax is now 38 feet on a tower and the worst sw I've seen was 1.4 through all 40 channels at 1100 watts. If the worst you're getting is 1.7 sw it might not be the antenna but the location of the antenna. I know some of the new ones was a turd and maybe I got lucky on mine. But to be honest you can run 1.7 swr or 1.2 swr. You're the only one that can tell the difference on 11 meters. Everyone is searching for that perfect 1.1 ratio but at 1.7 your not hurting anything and I'd guess reports say you sound fine.First people need to quit talking about the Imax 2000 as there is no longer any antenna called the Imax 2000. I'm beyond frustrated with Copper Electronics as they are still advertising the NEW Max 2000 as the once GREAT Imax 2000. The Max 2000 is what they have been called now for years and will never give you better than a 1.7 or worse on CB bands. The Max 2000 has the best swr on 10 meters. This new Max 2000 is complete junk for cb! Bells CB Radio did the correct thing as no one in business wants un-happy customers. I took a photo of the old, GREAT no longer made Imax 2000 instruction with the junk Max 2000 instruction manual. I got 100% ripped off by Copper Electronics with their fake advertising and now have a junk antenna I cant even sell to anyone in good faith unless they only want a 10 meter antenna!
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