HT Antenna Comparison - Signal Stick, Diamond SRH770S and Abbree

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WJ6F, Mar 15, 2021.

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  1. KG7AV

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    I guess I have better luck with my Abree re flexibility. High desert so we definitely have our wind. I wouldn't consider it a daily carry antenna, but it's part of my field HT kit. I also have to echo the counterpoise comment. I use a Rat Tail on my HTs and I've found that it makes a significant difference. Nice comparison work, thank you.
     
  2. AC2MM

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    Nice video . Field testing, if done at the same time, same place, etc, will have more sway with me than a lab test.
    Of all the hand held antennas out there, how did you decide to test these three?
    They were all about $20. Diamond makes a good portable called the SRH 77CA that gets very good reviews for hand helds.
     
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  3. VE6MT

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    Well, I appreciate you taking the time to make this video. Unfortunately, the video is of virtually no value. The testing parameters are unknown and inconsistent. You haven't told us what band you're on or what power level. It appears that in your most distant test you are at a higher elevation than the previous locations. You are testing with other stations who are mobile which will give inconsistent results. You're not taking into account differences in signal due to holding the radio in different positions which on 70 CM would be more pronounced than on 2 M. Your position relative to your vehicle could have an effect as well. All in all, no usefull information about the performance of the antennas.
     
  4. WJ6F

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    Thanks for the comment and for watching. I wanted to use 3 antennas of similar size and I heard good things about all three. I figured more people would like to see three different antennas used out in the "field" than some boring lab test.I have the SRH77CA and it is a great antenna.
     
  5. AG4I

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    I bought the Diamond SRH-770S after using Nagoya cheapies which were better than the standard rubber duck. Saw some improvement with the Diamond. I saw a YT video where a ham tested several of the ABBREE variants (different lengths). Tried one myself, now all my primary HTs are equipped with an ABBREE variant. I did not go whole hog for the 4 footers but did get the ~18" units. They perform as well or better than the Diamond unit for me here in N. Georgia. My experience reflects the field test results presented here. In the interests of transparency I use FT-60s, and a Radioddity G510. You can fold the ABBREE antennas in half and in thirds for the long ones to bring the carried length < 10". To deploy for effective transmit, you just pull the velcro tab and it pops back up to full length. One issue for the FT-60 and the ABBREE is the base of the antenna is too fat to rotate the power on/volume knob. I just took a Dremel to the ABBREE base and trimmed enough off to allow the knob to rotate. Not an issue for "single" top knob HTs.
     

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