Hands down best 2 meter base vertical antenna

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KI4RVY, Jan 10, 2007.

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  1. WA0LYK

    WA0LYK Ham Member QRZ Page

    You might try RWS who purchased Celwave, the previous manufacturer of the Stationmaster brand. Here is their website.

    By the way, you didn't spend enough time searching. I found it easily by following various google links.


  2. K7FE

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  3. N3ATS

    N3ATS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Station Master, Super Station Master. They went by various names, but I don't think they are made anymore.

    Here are a couple of products like it...



    If you have $1K and a crane, go for it!
  4. KI6ADA

    KI6ADA Ham Member QRZ Page

    My favortism goes for Diamond. I have a Diamond X30 hidden on my patio. I can work most repeaters in SF Bay Area. [​IMG]
  5. KC0NBW

    KC0NBW Ham Member QRZ Page

    they were made by phelps-dodge, a division of motorola originally.

    they are still being made as far as i know, but they are not cheap.  

    they are very common in commercial vhf/uhf service.

    the cushcraft ringo ranger(ar146-b if i remember correctly)is a very good 2 meter antenna at an affordable price, it should do everthing you are looking for.

    it is only single band however.
  6. WB8YUE

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    For what it's worth. I use a Ringo Ranger 2b. Gets the job done for me.
  7. KA5PIU

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    Yes, commercial grade antennas are always much better, and far more expensive.
    Perhaps a look at Tessco might give you an idea.
  8. WB2WIK

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    The Stationmaster and Super Stationmaster are still very much manufactured and available today. It doesn't take $1K and a crane to use one; I have several and still buy them today for repeater work.

    Link to catalog introduction page for Stationmaster family of antennas is here:


    Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) acquired the product line from Celwave, who had acquired it about 30 years ago from Phelps Dodge.

    But, the antenna design is *not* from Phelps Dodge!! Not at all. It's older than that. The design emerged from the predecessor to Phelps Dodge, the Communications Products Corporation (CPC) of Marlboro, NJ -- my ex-employer. I used to get an "employee discount" on these back then, and my first Stationmaster cost me $80.

    Price sure has increased since then, and ownership of the brand as changed three times -- but still a very popular base station omnidirectional VHF-UHF antenna product series.

  9. N3ATS

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  10. WA7KKP

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    I have a Diamond X-500 and it works well, but over the years corrosion has set in and it needed to be re-built. They would have cured that by potting the actual antenna inside with something else besides a few pieces of foam rubber. That's something I'm looking into doing --- you might as well consider that as well. Bad thing is that you can't disassemble it for shipping.

    I'd vote for a Hustler G7-144 for 2 meters alone -- it is built to last for years. Or you could home-brew a multi-section collinear, and side-mount it on your tower. You can get upwards of 10 db gain if done right.

    Gary WA7KKP
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