Recommendations for a dipole? ...

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by K9ROC, May 4, 2012.

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  1. K9ROC

    K9ROC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just working on putting together my first shack as a new General holder.

    I've gotten my hands on an Alinco DX-70TH. I ordered a proper power supply and an MFJ automatic antenna tuner.

    My elmer recommended that I start with the 10-40m bands. I think I want a dipole to get started. I'm not ready to build anything myself yet.

    What affordable dipole antennas would you guys recommend for 10-40m?

    Thanks very much in advance,
  2. W2TAC

    W2TAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I suggest the Alpha Delta dipoles. I have the 80m and 40m and the construction is heavy duty and excellent. 73, Bob - W2TAC
  3. W2TAC

    W2TAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I should have added. I purchased mine from R&L Electronics -- Was significantly cheaper and the service was excellent. Bob - W2TAC
  4. K9ROC

    K9ROC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll take a look, thanks very much, Bob.
  5. K9ROC

    K9ROC Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hope the MFJ automatic tuner can handle that. Many automatic tuners can't handle the wild impedance excursions of a G5RV on 30m, 17m, 15m and 10m. It should handle it fine on 80m, 40m, 20m and 12m.

    The Alpha-Delta DX-CC antenna works 80-40-20-15-10m even without a tuner, that's the advantage of the superior design.
  7. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would NOT have selected that G5RV antenna, newcomers are often steered to that solution, based on price (cheap).

    The Alpha DX-CC is a better choice for Plug-N-Play buyers.
    A nice dipole antenna can be DIY Built for that price or less with Home Depot materials.
  8. K9ZMD

    K9ZMD Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, if "cheap" is the priority, then you can't beat salvaged wire, scrap plastic insulators, and reclaimed TV twin lead. Not to mention, that ultra-low cost yields an antenna that would likely be easier to work with - and probably outperform - a G5RV. Too bad someone didn't reply earlier to bump Christopher's confidence level up a notch or two. It only takes a little nudge to overcome "I'm not ready to build anything myself yet." The proof is thousands of teens who've successfully done it with no prior experience and less than two quarters to rub together in their pocket.
  9. WA3UCR

    WA3UCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Did we meet in 1973 ??
  10. 2E0OZI

    2E0OZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes if I would have recommended building your own too. I have build 3 dipoles and 2 delta loops in the last 18 months, and strung up a W3EDP and its all been fun and educational.
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