ANTRON 99

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  1. KI6TTF

    KI6TTF Ham Member

    I just found an Antron 99 in my boneyard.

    Can I use it with 2m?

    I have a dual band 2m 70cm HT (FT60R)

    I found this about the anenna:
    * COVERS FAR ABOVE AND BELOW THE TRADITIONAL C.B. CHANNELS FOR EXPORT, COMMERCIAL AND 10 METER HAM BAND USE, INPUT 2000 WATTS P.E.P. * THE A99 IS A HALF WAVE OVER A QUARTER WAVE VARIBLE MUTUAL TRANSDUCTANCE TUNED ANTENNA * COMES IN THREE SECTIONS, EASY TO ASSEMBLE * ENTIRE ANTENNA RADIATES 9.9 DBI GAIN * LENGTH ASSEMBLED 17' 4". THIS IS A COMBINATION OF THE ANTENNA AND THE GROUND PLANE KIT.
     
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  3. K3DAV

    K3DAV Ham Member

    The A99 or Antron 99 are designed for 11 meters with a wide bandwidth for CB and CB freebanding. It also can work well with 10 meters. If you had a good 2 meter tuner, you could tune the A99 for 2 meters, but the effectiveness on 2 meters would be pretty poor at best. I tried it a long time ago, and a simple home brew 2m dipole blew the A99 away. Don't waste your time with it on 2M.
     
  4. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber

    Try it and find out. I'd say it will work terribly.
     
  5. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member

    Nope, and I would not waste my time with it for VHF service.
    Thousands of base CB antennas have been sent to the boneyard/jankyard over the past 2 decades --
    a majority of these can work on 10 and 12 meters -- with no/little adjustment.


    For a 2 meter antenna, look for these Jewels in the Junkyard/Boneyard:

    1. Copper pipe 1/2" -- Build a J-pole, numerous plans on Internet.
    2. Broken automotive antennas - 1/4-wave 2-meter whip OR if long enough can be made into a 5/8-wave vertical with a small homemade coil at base.
    Several plans in 1970 magazines: Ham Radio, CQ, QST, 73.
    I built an adjustable 5-8 wave 2-meter antenna with a radio Shack repalcement auto antenna, small brass rod, PVC caps, a coil of wire, a PL-259, and some epoxy. I still have this antenna built while in college (no $$)!!
    3. Some of the original CB antennas made by Antenna Specialists (and others) can be converted to 5/8-wave 2-mete rmobile antennas. Again, several articles in the 1970s magazines for these retrofits of CB surplus.
    4. Broken TV antennas a a good source for aluminum to use for 2-meter yagi antennas.

    w9gb
     
  6. KI6TTF

    KI6TTF Ham Member

    Thanks for the response

    When I searched the site before it seemed that "no" would be the case but found no direct statement. So I asked the question directly.

    I'll hang onto the Antron 99 for use as a CB base station or trade it if any Hams want it. I don't have plans for a CB base station at the house right now.

    I am working on this project

    Two scanner antennas, NMO mount
    Two 2M 70cm dual band antennas - Diamond SG7000, 7500 or 7900, NMO mount.
    One 102" CB whip with spring side mount
    and 4 NMO connectors with bare wire
     
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  7. KD8GFC

    KD8GFC Ham Member

    Yep as others have said NO WAY the A-99 even if you trimmed the top whip to nothing it would be the worst 2 meter antenna you could have. I use a A-99 trimmed for 10 meter and have a 1.2.1 SWR on 10 it workes very well.
     
  8. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member

    Don't waste this ant on CB ! It will work fine for ten or twelve meter ham operation, Tech licensees have SSB privelages on ten Meters.
    This antenna will not work as well as a 20 inch ground plane ant on 2 M!
     
  9. KI6TTF

    KI6TTF Ham Member

    Ok

    Sounds like I'm keeping it so when I get a radio that has 10m I'm ready to go.
     
  10. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member

    Upgrade to general class, and you can use this antenna on 15, 12 and 10 meters. Pray that the solar activity improves (sun spots return) in next few years -- for better propogation on those bands.

    w9gb
     
  11. KC0UWF

    KC0UWF Ham Member

    nope wont' work,,, better send it to me to dispose of properly
     
  12. KI6TTF

    KI6TTF Ham Member

    Dispose of?

    Now that's funny, right there. I don't care who you is, that's funny.:)
     
  13. KI4TCB

    KI4TCB Guest

    about antron 99

    the antron 99 is very versitile for listening on many bands and good for use on 10 meters and within that band use area from possibly 6 meters to possibly 17 meters, but if you do not have time to build your own 2 meter or dual band antenna, there are several sights on ebay that people build the j-pole for as low as 26 to $28 dollars and they are made out of copper. for that price you can't complain plus under $11 for shipping plus you can install it in your home but make sure you have it at a safe distance from people and always try to run it at low power. in your general lic test book the chart is there for safe distance depending on power outages for all VHF-UHF and HF distances and power settings. 73's ken KI4TCB
     
  14. W3BNY

    W3BNY Ham Member

    With a decent coupler/tuner, you can load up/use just about anything as an antenna. Will it be efficient? mmmm probably not but hey, stranger things have been made into antennas. :confused:
     
  15. KD8MJJ

    KD8MJJ Ham Member

    Solorcon A99

    Shoot, I have used my old A99 on 20 meters with the on-board auto-tuner. :) And I have made contacts with it on 20 meters running psk down to a maritime mobile close to south america. Great Antenna for beginners..... I have had QSOs on 20 - 17 - 15 -12 -10 - 6 without having to cut it down. I was impressed.....:)
     
  16. N8WWM

    N8WWM Ham Member

    This antenna is a negative gain device on the band it is sold to be used on, imagine how bad it is elsewhere....yuck!

    Take a look at this write-up:

    http://www.marktruett.com/files/a99.pdf

    73 Doug
     
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