Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Jul 5, 2021.
Ah, Lightning Bolt Antenna
I had the 10/15 meter quad back in 1998 as that is all I could fit between my trees.
Worked the world with that antenna./
I am glad you purchased the lightning bolt. He (Mike) made his own spreaders, that is why it was cheap (Cost effective, so to speak). He was a great fellow, One day he decided to close shop...and that was that. DE NN2X Tom
Sigh. Yet another post that shows what a cesspit the QRZ forums are. Unhelpful, judgmental and argumentative for no good reason. It's a Youtube video. They always have a click-baity title to get people to watch. It's called hyperbole. Ignore it and just watch the video if you're interested in the antenna: it's actually got some helpful info about how the antenna has held up for the op in his conditions. If you're not interested in the antenna, then don't post. If you do feel the need to criticize the antenna and/or its buyers or vendors, get one, compare it to other similar antennas, and post your results. Ideally, compare it to other vertical antennas w/ radials (which the "V-80", which I've never heard of, doesn't seem to have).
I have a DX Commander and definitely "feel goods" after spending what I consider a very reasonable amount of money. It's not perfect, but no antenna is. It has a number of advantage: decent performance on 80m because it has a full 1/4wave element in an inverted L configuration (I anchor the end of the 80m element to a similar mast, but from Jackite, so the horizontal section of the antenna is up about 30ft). It's relatively inexpensive, uses high quality materials, works VERY nicely given my very small backyard, and also, given the fact that I'm renting, I can take the sucker down every couple of weeks when the yard guys come to mow, and have it back up in 15 minutes. I've spent quite a bit of time comparing it to my previous vertical EARCHI Endfed matchbox antenna, and while that little antenna is a great performer, the DXC seems to be about ~20% better in reaching to DX stations on PSKreporter.
I don't know if it's the "best" HF antenna for anything, but for my finances, location, and situation I feel comfortable saying the DXC is probably the best all-band option, for me, at this time. Eventually, when we have our own place, I'll put up a Yagi or hexbeam, but I'll still keep the DXC up.
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Sorry to hear that you had to change your equipment, good luck with your new setup, de Ei2iP
My Butternut HF9V ground mounted vertical has been up since 2009, and I have worked all over the world, including FT5ZM on 80m CW! It's been a great performer, especially for the 30, 40 & 80 m bands.
I've worked over 10,000 miles with my DX Commander. Works really good.
My Zero-Five 30ft flagpole antenna, has been up since 2011. I have worked 235 countries with the antenna. The low angle pattern of a vertical, is really good for DX, although you may have to work a bit harder than using a beam.
Out of interest, 10,000miles to where? what mode, what power?
I've worked west coast of Australia from Virginia, which is over 11,000 miles, on 80 and 40 meters with a Butternut HF2V, and 20 and 15 meters with a Hustler 6BTV. 50 watts on CW.
The HF2V and 6BTV, along with the DX Commander, are all basically just 1/4 wave verticals. So it's mostly about the radials, ground conductivity, and solar flux.
And what's at the other end play a big role - if the other end is a legal limit station with a beam on a tower, they're doing most of the work; what you're using matters less.
How many countries worked, or farthest contact, or first contact out of the box, actually doesn't say much of anything about the antenna, without the full context.
If any quarter-wave-ish vertical failed to make contact at 10,000 miles, with an amp and beam at the other end, especially in a mode like FT8; then that would be more interesting to me than anecdotes about how many countries worked or farthest contact, etc.
That said, it is useful to know about the durability of the antenna as the OP was describing. It would be interesting to have an update in another 6 months or a year.