Best HF Multiband Vertical Antenna?

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  1. VK7HH

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    I've had my DX Commander All Band vertical in the air for about 6 months now and I wanted to show how the antenna has faired over the Australian summer and now coming into winter.

    Does the pole stand up to the harsh UV? Has anything broken or come loose? What is the quality of construction of the individual parts? Let's find out!
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  2. W1SRR

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    I just put mine together today. Tomorrow it goes vertical!
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  3. N1IPU

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    My only issue is its ground mount only and I had to roof mine. I had conversations with Callum about it but after seeing one up close I decided on the tried and true 6btv. Ramming a piece of pipe up the center wasn't going to do much for SWR or durability.
    Don't need guys if you use the xtra heavy base tube for the btv too. Guys are a turn off for me once you see a deer, dog or kid collide with them.
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  4. VK7HH

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    yes agree that if ground mounting doesn’t suit then you may need to look at other options. I wonder how one would go mounted to a tin roof with the roof attached to the base plate… might be a good test for future
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  5. EI2IP

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    Best HF Multiband Vertical Antenna?

    My Tarheel 200a at 20ft with two elevated radials for each band, 100w work YB, ZL & VK on 40M SSB/CW, JA on 20M and many other DX over 10,000kms..
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  6. NU4R

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    Thank you sir &73!
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  7. KB0R

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    I still like my Butternut HF9V, have had it up since 1986.
    First 30 years mounted on garage roof with resonant radials.
    Now ground mounted with lots of radials that I just layed out on the ground.
    Only thing I don't like is the bandwidth on 80 Meters.

    It did take a lightning strike this summer, had to replace two capacitors that burned out.

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  8. AB0R

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    I've had my DX Commander up for about 3 weeks now. It works quite well! Very nice portable antenna.
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  9. NN2X

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    You can't beat the efficiencies. I am not new to Ham radio, work as a consultant for Lightning bolt, and others...I had my share of antennas, Mon Band Yagis and 42FT Boom Multband Quads..

    For a vertical (Multiband), you simply can't get any better. It is a Fan Dipole erected vertically. Each band has their own element (Well 40 Meters shares with 15Meters (5/8Th wave)..It is the mechanics, that is the key...Keeping the wires separated along with the mast, and suspending each element.

    There is no fancy impedance matching networks, no coils, nothing, straight in at 50 Ohms.. and is light as a feather...And the wire, (British Military) it does not tangle, that in itself, is great!

    If there is 100K (60mile) wind storm coming through, take the antenna down, it weighs like 2LBs or maybe 3LB. Mine has handled 100K (60Miles per hour) winds, but it is so easy just to take down, if need be...

    If you have to buy a vertical, I can't see any other vertical, I just don't see it...Oh it is very cheap (Cost effective)...Support is great, Callum is super on responses, (Along with this family!), the antenna even looks good.

    No other vertical can boast the efficiencies, costs, and lightness.(And the quality of the wires, shock cables and connectors (To suspend the elements)

    And if you don't like reading, Callum, and many more YouTubers provide instructions on how to put together

    Not much more you can do with this antenna to make improvements...

    DE NN2X Tom,
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  10. EI2IP

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