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Re: Antenna comparison question



Hi Steve.

The Hy-Gain stuff is really MFJ, and I'm not even sure if you can get them
yet...they have been advertised as coming soon for quite a while.

I don't have any M2 products, but have always been impressed at their
ruggedness, and horrified at the prices. The eggbeaters, for example, are
the biggest ripoff in the ham world pricewise. 2 wire loops, a piece of
coax, and a connector for only 129$!!!!!

On the other hand, most MFJ stuff is of dubious quality. I have 3 Mirage/MFJ
amps. Both of the 2m amps are flaky, and the switch housing fell out of the
70cm amp as I took it out of the box...but they are cheap, cheap, cheap.....

And at the risk of starting the whole thread over again....find Kent
Britain's article on metal crossbooms, and save that money for a preamp....

There are LOTS of used Mode B arrays out there left over from AO-13...check
the boards like QTH.com and e-ham and you will find a good deal soon on
used. Save yourself 400-800 dollars.

73, and good luck...

Drew KO4MA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Meuse" <smeuse@mara.org>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 10:06 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Antenna comparison question


>
>
> Greetings,
>           I'm looking to make my initial purchase of 2m and 70cm antennas
> and I've come across something that I would like to get some opinions on.
> The two sets of antennas that I've been looking at so far are the M2
2mcp14
> and the 436cp30 and the Hy-gain VB-216SAT and UB-7030. They appear to have
> just about the same amount of gain and have a fairly close list price,
> however, the Hy-gain models come with a polarity switch built in. I saw
> that the polarity for the M2 models was extra and fairly expensive at $177
> each. Add in the cost of a fiberglass boom based on the M2 pricelist and
> your total package is going to come out around $1k. Hy-gain has a complete
> package that consists of the two antennas (with switches) and a fiberglass
> boom for a package price of $559. That's quite a difference in price. I
> understand that the M2 antennas are quality Items, but are they worth the
> extra cash?
>
> Am I missing something obvious?
>
> -Steve
>
>
>
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