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Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by WD5IKX, Aug 13, 2019.

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  1. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I recently acquired this Fortex 8010 "Stealth" HF mobile antenna coil. I am looking for any info about Fortex antennae and the company and the ham that made them. I am also curious as to how many were made and when they were produced etc. I would like to hear from anyone who still runs one and I hope someone may still have some ads, catalogs, specs and instruction manuals etc that I could get copies of.
    WD5IKX Bug Terminator-4-Lbl.jpg WD5IKX Fortex HF coil-2.jpg

    "Curious minds want to know" (^8

    John WD5IKX/m
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  2. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

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  3. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah...Fortex has been out of business for some time and there is very little on the web about them too. I have a list of issues of CQ magazine that mention them that I am attempting to track down. Hopefully someone with more info will see this thread. I am hoping to find out more about this little bit of ham radio history.

    When it cools off I will be experimenting with a cap hat I built.

    John WD5IKX / m
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  4. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    The band conditions on 20 meters did not seem to good today but I still managed to work Brazil and the Canary Islands. Both DX operators congratulated me on making the contact from a mobile. The propagation must have been better than it sounded and the antenna must be working pretty well since my signal report was about the same as all the fixed stations.

    John WD5IKX / m
  5. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hard to believe nobody knows anything about these antennas. Anyone have any info to share?

    John WD5IKX / m
  6. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Others can be more difficult. How many ever heard of Master Mobile these days? Or can identify the antenna shown below? And I'd almost bet no one here knew that B&W once made a 400 watt, mobile amplifier? Or even heard of P&H? If you want a real rare one, how about Bassett Mobile Antennas?

    If amateur radio is around 50 years from now, even MFJ will be a forgotten supplier.
  7. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Master Mobile and Bassett made some nice antennas. I have several Webster Band Spanner antennas. I have been able to find virtually nothing about the Fortex antennas. Maybe someday someone will see this thread and give some more information about them. I was on mine this evening happily busting Route 66 on the Air pileups on 40 meters.

    This Master Mobile is an interesting precursor to the screw driver antenna.
    John WD5IKX / m
  8. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

    At one time, I had one of everything Master Mobile ever made. They were popular during the 60s, and early 70s, and is wasn't uncommon to see dozens of versions at the local hamfests. What was uncommon, were mag mounts, and bumper mounts (except on really old vehicles), as everyone drilled holes! Alas! We are all diminished!
  9. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just missed out on the Bassett HF coil that came up for sale recently. I sure would have liked to added it to my collection.

    Bassett coil 1.JPG

    Bassett coil 2.JPG

    John WD5IKX / m
  10. K0BG

    K0BG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good thing you did. The one in the photo was burned. The usual reason was transmitting without the whip attached. Fact is, the manual mentions the fact.

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