Bird coax switched

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KF7ESM, May 15, 2019.

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  1. K9STH

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    The last time I looked, Fair Radio still had those very heavy duty ceramic switches available for a very good price. I still have a couple of the basic switches in my workroom.

    If you can't find one for a reasonable price, let me know and I'll let you have one at what I paid for it plus postage. Let me know by E-Mail at

    k9sth (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

    I got the metal box at Fry's. As for the SO-239 jacks, I keep them in stock. However, I restock most of my parts from Mouser.

    You do need to stretch the spring, in the switch, a little bit so that it is a bit easier to go between positions. Otherwise, the switch is pretty hard to turn.

    Glen, K9STH
  2. WB2WIK

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    The Bird switches are best-of-class and I use one here also, a 6-position 74, for VHF-UHF work.

    Almost a waste to use one on HF, unless your application requires phenomenal cross-talk rejection (port isolation), which with the Bird is damned near infinity. But for "antenna selection," nobody needs that.
  3. KF7ESM

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  4. KF7ESM

    KF7ESM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Glen for posting those nice pictures. They do still have the switches. I have everything else I need. I was only considering the bird because of build quality since it seems that a lot of what is out there is less than great. I also like to build what I can and this project seems simple enough.

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