DX Commander All Band Vertical HF Antenna Build & Review

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Jan 8, 2021.

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    The DX Commander is an All Band Vertical HF Antenna that covers 9 bands from 80m through to 6m. It is an economical and efficient way of getting on every HF band easily with a nice compact vertical antenna.

    I build and review this antenna below. I hope you enjoy. Do you own a DX Commander? How does it perform for you?

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  2. K0MAN

    K0MAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really Fun Review and Thanks very much.
  3. KG6TR

    KG6TR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I recently built the DXC Lite, running it on 40-20-15. Getting great results. Am waiting on shipping of the big brother so I can get the rest of the bands, then will likely retire my EFHW. The DXC is a fun kit to build and it performs. Can't ask for much more than that - except maybe for a shipment of cardboard to the UK ;-)
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  4. DL4QB

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    Are some OMs here who has compared the Antenna against another?
    I.e. this type of Antenne (i like it!) againts a 43 ft Pole with a tuner on the bottom with radilas. If we talk about the 100W class it should be compareable.
  5. ZL4HSV

    ZL4HSV Ham Member QRZ Page

    A rip off that can be easily built yourself
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  6. KG6TR

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    Directly compared with my EFHW (40m wire), on xmit for about a half dozen A/B tests across US and into JA got reports of 2-5 S units higher using the DXCLite vertical compared to the wire. YMMV though as my home QTH is pretty good for a ground-mounted vertical and I can't get the EFHW as high or oriented as I'd like. For receive performance, depends on the station and at night the noise tends to be a bit lower on the EFHW. I haven't compared it to a traditional vertical. Two things I like are no tuner required and the kit goes together quickly.

    Pretty much every antenna is some sort of compromise, and different people have different operating conditions and limitations (*cough* HOA *cough*). I had good results with the EFHW at my previous QTH, having better results with the DXC at my current situation and it attracts less attention from neighbors.
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  7. DL4QB

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    Ok, sounds good, many thanks for this! Maybe someone else?
    Sorry to ask again, but i could really not find more than 2 videos of a good compare.
    Yes, the EFHW would be maybe another option and this is waht i´d like to figure out.
  8. MW6XDA

    MW6XDA Ham Member QRZ Page

    had partly taken down my mast, windy, went to put up next day it had frozen. used hot/cold medic pads to defrost. as a VK will not happen. g8 video.tu
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  9. M6ENP

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    i have to take exception to your comment dr om, i used mine in the last ft roundup ,from 80 to 15m(bands i used) as a single op, i managed to score No1 in England, 18 in europe, and 42 in the world, a rip off ?? doubt it, i can work in fact i have done so this week down into VK land and towards you in ZL land all from my qth of IO84FQ , my only regret not having a better radial field/or room for the Nebula(big brother) nuff said
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  10. W9HJ

    W9HJ QRZ Lifetime Member #294 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Aren't ALL antennas that hams use "a rip off that can be easily built yourself"?

    Doesn't mean that people shouldn't buy them or use them. Some people just don't have the time or resources to DIY.

    Just saying.
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