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Base PDL II

Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by 357, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. 357

    357 Walkin' the dog

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    no biggie I just got to time it right and someone offered the cash so why keep it and maybe not use it?
    the tower and the hd73 are staying though


     

  2. Klondike Mike

    Klondike Mike Sr. Member

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    I have a PDLII as well and someday I'll need the wire too. I sent them this email to find out why their shipping is out of order;

    "This item is showing as $25 shipping to Canada. You should be able to ship it USPS First Class for approx. $10. Is this an error in your listing?"


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  3. Klondike Mike

    Klondike Mike Sr. Member

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    I guess they are not concerned with getting any business from Canada. The excuse of lost mail between Canada and the US is a farce. I have had extremely good delivery rates of non tracked packages between our countries (Australia not so). Here is the response I got.

    "Right now we only ship via USPS Priority Internationally. We have shipped Internationally in the past via USPS First Class however packages end up getting lost. This includes Canada. If you want multiple items we can ship up to 4 lbs for the same $25 shipping charge."
     
  4. Joe Mac

    Joe Mac New Member

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    Question. The wire used for the quad elements from the factory is solid copper wire right? And if so what gauge. I found one and need to restore it but in the manual I cannot find any information about the wire, is it solid or stranded and what gauge.
     
  5. DainBramage

    DainBramage Well-Known Member

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    use just about any Ga wire you have,... 14 Ga solid will work fine.

    Just be sure to stretch it prior to measuring it.
     
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  6. Joe Mac

    Joe Mac New Member

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    OK thanks very much, much appreciated. Are they other similar two element quads on the market right not to purchase new??

    Tim
     
  7. Dr_DX

    Dr_DX Well-Known Member

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  8. 1KT001

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    Questi QUAD moderni hanno la possibilità di variare dalla baracca la polarità ? Hanno 2 cavi coassiali di discesa?
     
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  9. S&W357

    S&W357 $upporting Member N.C. WDX-556

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    Good questions! Someone will come along soon with the answers! o_O
     
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  10. Marconi

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

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    Do these modern QUADs have the possibility to vary the polarity from the cabin? Do they have 2 coaxial drop cables?

    Welcome to the forum.

    The PDL 2 is not a modern antenna, but it does have two coaxes and is dual-polarity. Friends use to tell me they worked very well for them.
     
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  11. PeterD

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    I see the last post on this thread was posted in September last year, even though the post was started in May 2018 . I read with interest all the posts - as I am very interested in the PDL2.
    I was hoping to maybe purchase a used PDL2, But as I live in Europe the chances of finding one this side of the pond, are very slim.
    I see that Dr_DX has posted a link to two alternatives antennas - and I would be interested to learn how either of these compare to the PDL2 ?.
    Here's hoping somebody is still following this tread ? ..
    Best Regards to all.
    Peter
     
  12. Dr_DX

    Dr_DX Well-Known Member

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    Lightning Antennas - Dual Switchable Polarization – All our Quad’s features exclusive “SFS” (Signal Feed System, patented) matching system gives maximum directional performance and dual polarity to allow switching between Horizontal and Vertical polarization from the operating position with up to 30 db separation. 2 drop coaxes.

    Cubex - Is a single polarity and the only way to change the polarity from the cabin is to rotate the boom 90 degrees using an azimuth rotor. The cubex quad uses a 75ohm matching stub and directly connects to the driven element. 1 drop coax.
     
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  13. Dr_DX

    Dr_DX Well-Known Member

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    All 3 use different matching systems. The PDL-II uses an "Orbital" match, the L2 uses a patented SFS system, and the Cubex uses a direct feed w/ 75ohm matching stub. All 3 are in a diamond configuration. The PDL-II and L2 are dual Polarity and the Cubex is single polarity. The PDL-II is good for about 1.5KW, the L2 is good for 8KW, and the Cubex is good for whatever your 75 and 50 ohm coax is rated at. The L2 looks best on paper, but I wouldn't put much faith in published specs.
     

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