You don't see antennas like this anymore!

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by W8BCR, Feb 9, 2018.

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  1. K3NOQ

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    I had one of the Saturn 6 Halos on my '62 Dodge Dart 440 with a clamp on mount for the Bumper. I think the mount weighed as much as the antenna, solid steel with 3/8" hardware. I had a Swan 250 SSB rig and worked all over the country with the combo in the mid 60's.
     
  2. KC0BIN

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    The Saturn 6 was a Class Act. [​IMG] A pity that antenna manufacturers consider Magic Band operators a minor element in Ham radio, or we might see keen stuff like this on the market. I always thought the Saturn 6 looked like something from Lost in Space or Star Trek o_O
     
  3. NM7G

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    Strange as it seems, I saw a 6m halo on a car in the Portland area 10-15 years ago. It was a shock to see. In high school days in So Cal they were pretty commonplace.

    I sold a slightly older, 99% original, 1954 Merc Monterey about six years ago.
    Gary
     
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  4. WA7F

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    Who needs a rotor? Just drive in circles. :)

    I like it, nice car and nice antenna. Looks very well built.
     
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  5. NM7G

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    The only certain thing is change.

    The ionosphere was unbelievably hot back then. 1959 stands out in memory. One Elmer's home was on a very small knoll overlooking suburbs east of San Diego. His 6m yagi was neither on a mast nor a tower. He simply laid it on his roof, pointed west. He routinely worked ZL, VK, and JA stations on 6m AM when the MUF was high. I never had the privilege of working him on 6m, but do have Pancho's QSL for a 2m AM QSO. Propagation is everything for exciting dxing with modest stations.
     
  6. NM7G

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    Yes, as I recall, the Saturn was the one shown on the cover of QST for April 1960. A bit of Goggling found numerous VHF loops of various configurations here https://www.google.com/search?tbm=i...0RChw#imgrc=qOF-_I5igtHbrM:&spf=1520143320889

    I'm only guessing, but these electrically small antennas may suffer from bandwidth limitations, but that is to be expected. The topic seems ripe for some serious modeling.
     
  7. AD5MB

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    did he try 6 meters on it?
     

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