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Cushcraft R-8 or Hy-Gain AV-640?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W4BIX, Oct 20, 2018.

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  1. W4BIX

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    I have an extremely limited space in which to set up an antenna in the backyard and I am on a very limited towers are out of the question. I am installing a 10' 4x6 post as a base mount for a vertical antenna and using 10-20 foot aluminum masts to attach the antenna to. No space for ground I've been looking at the R-8 or the AV-640 for 40-6 meter band coverage. Yes I know, these are compromise antennas...but I gotta work with what limited space I have.

    Any opinions on either of these....or something else? Thanks in advance.
  2. WR1O

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    R8 FTW
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  3. WB2WIK

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    I've never installed an R8, but installed several R7s years ago and the R7 was very good.

    If the R8 follows in that legacy, it's probably also very good.
  4. N7WR

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    I recently (due to a change in QTH and other priorities preventing a tower in the immediate future) bought and installed (ground mounted with the 3 required counter poise wires) a GAP Challenger. 80-2 meters with the exception of 17 meters. I am favorably impressed with it. I have also used an R 8 in the past at a friend's QTH. I would rate them as equal. No experience with the AV 640

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