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Tarheel 75A vs Little Tarheel II

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by W4MWM, Dec 6, 2018.

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  1. W4MWM

    W4MWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looking for some feedback from those that have experience with the two. I've run a Little Tarheel II w/the longer whip for years, and for what I do mobile, it suits my purposes well. It has over the years, taken an occasional beating, cracked the lexan cover, broken molex plug, even snapped the top off once (my fault) but I've always been able to put it back together so to speak. I rarely work anything lower than 40m and I simply am not interested in a "full sized" screwdriver.

    That said, I'm considering a new antenna and am debating the real world performance difference between the 75A, which I have no experience with, and the II. Would lower band performance (40m) realize much of an improvement by going w/the 75A? My assumption is probably not, but we know what is said about assuming :)

  2. K0BG

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    The 75A has a slightly better Q, but I suspect you'd never notice depending on how it is mounted.
  3. KB7FSC

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    Hi Marc,

    Have you tried giving Tarheel a call? I purchased a 75a this fall, and I was debating between the 75a and Tarheel II. I spoke with Tarheel, and they were very informative and great to deal with. They offered some performance comparisons between the two antennas, and advised to go with the 75a over the Tarheel II for better 40 and 80m performance. If you haven't done so already, give them a call. It doesn't look like there are many members on here that have directly compared the two antennas. So far, I've been satisfied with the 75a, and have been having fun with stateside and dx on 20m as well as better performance on 40 and 80 compared to my hamsticks I used previously.

    Another consideration on the 75a vs the II is the tuning speed is quicker and it can handle a little more power through the larger coil. It will also handle a longer whip while mobile, which also improves the performance on 40 and 80m.

    Have fun with your mobile! 73,

    Wane - KB7FSC
  4. M0GVZ

    M0GVZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    But were they talking about comparing the LT2 using the stock 32" antenna to the 75a or the LT2 with the longer optional antenna? The optional longer antenna makes a quite considerable difference on the LT2, a couple of S points on 40m. I did a video on Youtube showing the difference listening to WWV on 30m using the stock short 32" whip and a 76" long one. It went from S5 to S7 on my TS480.

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