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Is this the worst antenna for portable use? - Comet HFJ-350M Toy Box

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Sep 1, 2021.

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  1. NW1B

    NW1B Ham Member QRZ Page

    R E S O N A N T--- please look up the meaning.... and I'm still looking for the "tuner" in the video
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  2. M1WML

    M1WML Ham Member QRZ Page

  3. W9HJ

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

    After 19 pages and God knows how many factually incorrect statements and unscientific falsehoods, I'm still wondering how some people here even managed to pass their Tech test, much less General.
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  4. KI5AAI

    KI5AAI Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    MEH..Though I do agree with your statement.

    But chew on this: how many old-timers actually know how to use FT8 or other digital modes? Some of the old-timers have not kept up with the technology either. Something you would expect of an "Extra". BTW: I only care that the person is licensed and has proper edict when communicating and abides by (in the US) FCC rules.
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  5. G0WXU

    G0WXU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why was he pointing at the MFJ Analyzer and saying antenna tuner.? It did not make sence to me. de John - G0WXU
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  6. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    In many cases, it is the old-timers who are the source of the wrong information. Most people will believe the beautiful lie instead of the ugly truth.
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  7. K6AEA

    K6AEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dabbled with CB in the seventies. Many of the myths I heard back then, are still being regurgitated today, by hams no less.
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  8. KQ1V

    KQ1V Ham Member QRZ Page

    AM/SSB CB was the bee's knees back in the late 1970s and early 80s, and I'd assert that is it even better than 3910 KHz today!
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  9. F5VHZ

    F5VHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bought a mobile vhf/uhf antanna that was supposed to be a DIAMOND 7000 but turned out to be a knockoff copy made by happytalk? Ran tests using a VNA, and it was not useable.. Worse than a piece of wet string. Luckily A****N reimbursed without hesitation.
    Beware of fake antennas..
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  10. UT7UX

    UT7UX Ham Member QRZ Page

    My experience differ. Fake antennas were pretty good on analyzer but were built of the worst material ever. Having being installed on a car, they worked approx one year (if had not been broke mechanically) until become completely rotten. Everything was rotten: the antennas themselves, magnet mounts, even cables. Taxi drivers loved them as they were damn cheap and nobody cared what will happen in year or so: many drivers changed company and thus changed their radios and antennas to a different band, many drivers abandoned the job, etc. So acceptable performing, cheap, still unreliable antennas had good sales.

    I personally dislike genuine Diamonds and similar antennas from other brands for their mechanical complexity. Sure they perform pretty well still I'd prefer antennas like Lemm AT-28 or AT-09 that could work dozens of years w/o any maintenance. So for myself I'd neither buy genuine nor fake Diamond.
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