Anyone still running large HF multi-band quad antennas?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W7UUU, Oct 9, 2019.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I remember how Big HF Quads were all the rage in the late 1970s and into the 80s... had a local friend with a giant quad up 75 feet or so, and what a mess it became one winter in a really bad ice storm.

    I can't think of the last time I saw one "out in the wild" - not that Yagi beams are on every block either - but I really would have to go back in memory to the last Amateur HF Quad (not a CB quad rotting on a mast on a farm - there are a few of those around, or a handful of VHF mini-quads I've seen over the years)

    Does anyone here actually run a multi-band HF quad antenna these days? Do any manufacturers even still sell them?

    Just a curiosity for the sake of discussion...

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  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    NL7F has a wee beasty.....40-10.
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  3. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dream of giant 6-element quads in my sleep; does that count?
  4. AC6LA

    AC6LA Ham Member QRZ Page

    You mean like this?


    Terry Lower, N8QS, was one of the main AutoEZ beta testers and used that program extensively to design his baby. He's also done designs for several other folks. Super nice guy.

    Dan, AC6LA
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  5. WQ2H

    WQ2H QRZ Lifetime Member #214 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Holy mackerel Andy.....:eek:

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  6. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    The graduation ceremonies here at Cal State Northridge are held in the quad. I've been there lots of times.

    Damned thing won't load up, though. Probably too much grass, not enough wire.
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  7. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not really huge but I use a 5 band lighting bolt quad fo several years now.
    A friend had the 4 element version and another friend had a special built 6 element version. That was big!
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  8. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, you know, the kids today...
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  9. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Stanford also has a huge quad but for some reason it is a single element and horizontally ground-mounted!

    Nonetheless, they have entitled their yearbook The Stanford Quad since the 1890s...:confused: Pre-Marconi!
  10. AE8W

    AE8W Ham Member QRZ Page

    N8QS quad is up there in the snow & ice. Interesting, we are probably going to move to near Mackinac MI & finally have a few acres. I have also been lusting for a quad. The time might be right. I'll have to check with him about he makes it durable for those Michigan winters. Noting Southern MI might quite different than Northern MI.
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