Why are Squalo/Halo antennas so expensive?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by AI0K, Oct 14, 2021.

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  1. AI0K

    AI0K Ham Member QRZ Page

    More of a complaint than anything.

    I'm looking for a horizontally polarized omnidirectional antenna for 2M SSB. I've found several commercial Halo and Squalo antennas but all are in the $100+ price range. Being retired I need to watch the pocketbook (if I don't, the XYL will :) ).

    I've had the plans for a homebrew one for over a year but just haven't been able to find the time to build one. Being retired means less time for ham radio than when I was working!

    Anyone have a lead on a reasonably priced antenna such as I'm looking for? I'd really like to get something up before the snow falls.

  2. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just did a search on eBay and found this one for $59.
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  3. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    you can have money, or time, but not both.
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  4. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I made a 6M version from a lawn chair. Just an idea.
    Mike N3PM
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  5. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know what you mean about being retired and time...

    FWIW, HVAC soft copper tubing is ripe for homebrewing small or large loops; just fashion a gamma match out of some with some RG-8 sized coax.

    If I can find a link to a 2m/70cm DIY HO loop build I had somewhere I will post it later.*



    (coincidentally The Loopy Guy in South Texas)

    * found the link faster than I ever imagined: https://www.kr1st.com/70cmstack.htm !
  6. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just hit the hamfests that attract the younger crowd. They often pass up incredible deals because they don't know what it is. Snagged 2 attenuators in Belton a few weeks ago -- $10 each. One is a commercial unit good for 101 dB. Found my 2m square loop for $35 or so at another hamfest, and a long-wire tuner for $40 as the seller was packing up.
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  7. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hamfests? What are those? :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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