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PostSubject: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 4:19 pm

Looking at getting one i have been told some good and bad reviews on it whats your thoughts
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 4:34 pm

Never used the antron 99 but i have just put up a Sigma 2011 skip master 5/8 wave looks very similar and i find it works quite well.


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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 4:51 pm

The fairest review I've seen for these antennas is here:-

CB Magazine A99 review

Hope that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 5:34 pm

Great review mate thx the reason i am looking at the antron because i am disabled i wont something easy to swr and put up
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 5:55 pm

No worries John.

Same here mate, permanently bust knee, put paid to my days shooting up and down ladders. I've been lucky and persuaded 'volunteers' to help me out with my antennas Wink

Do like the 'ring-twist' SWR tuning method and the fact they're quite wide banded. Could be just the job for you.

I've said before on here that any antenna is better than no antenna. We'd all like to sling up a 5/8ths atop a 20 metre pole on top of the house but it's all down to what we can manage.....not just financially, but physical practicalities.

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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 5:59 pm

TJS 26CT3029 wrote:
Great review mate thx the reason i am looking at the antron because i am disabled i wont something easy to swr and put up  
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 6:09 pm

Used Antron 99 for a few years and had no issues , worked very well and was completely bomb proof , worked ok on other bands which was a bonus , sold it to a local and it's still going strong



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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 6:13 pm

My silver rod as ad its day last night Thx guys antron it is
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 6:34 pm

@Craig,

Craig, I had heard the A99 was good for loading from 20m through to 10m but hadn't believed it.
Was it really that wide banded or would that have been through a matcher?
Never had the opportunity to actually ask someone who may have used one in such a manner.
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 7:43 pm

Don't worry Craig, had a dig around t'internet and found me answer Smile


If anyone else is interested I found a thoroughly good review for the A99's big brother the Solarcon I-MAX2000

Solarcon I-MAX2000 review


Apologies for hijacking the thread John, sparked a diverging interest Smile
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 7:50 pm

Hi Victor


Not sure about using one on 20m but I certainly had it tuning up ok ( internal tuner Yeasu 450d ) on 10, 11, 12 , 15, and 17m that's five bands ! Bit of a no brainer if your first starting out like I was at the time

Living in the Yorkshire dales the Antron coped with everything nature could throw at it

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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue Jan 14, 2020 8:03 pm

Hi Craig,

Cheers for that, really appreciated.
Did think 20m was pushing it but blow me is that a nice range for an antenna! Smile

Currently on my quest for a Ham ticket so gathering as much intel for future operations as possible. Handy stuff to tuck away in the information pile.

Despite hobbling around on a stick nowadays I have happy memories of walking Yorkshire, from the Pennines, across the Dales and along the East coast. Beautiful place to trek Smile

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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed Jan 15, 2020 7:48 am

great review on the i max 2000 just read it its only 30 pound more
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed Jan 15, 2020 8:44 am

I know what you mean John Wink
The wideband functionality is what interested me, pretty neat design. I've earmarked it for a possible future purchase myself Smile
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed Jan 15, 2020 11:51 am

Part of the reason it works on so many bands is because it uses the coax as a ground plane 9/10 installs.

If you read the Imax 2000 review linked in Victor's post it said that once they added the groundplane kit it stopped working on the other bands and the SWR went up. They blamed the ground plane kit because the reviewer didn't have the knowledge to understand what was going on and that by using the ground plane kit and a choke the coax was no longer being part of the antenna.
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i got a good deal on imax so it will be put up next week so thx guys
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed Jan 15, 2020 4:46 pm

Nice one John.

Hope the installation goes smoothly and you get some good DX.

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Thx victor
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeThu Jan 16, 2020 1:35 pm

Tired to Put it up today got new brackets up and the hevans opened always the same it will be Monday now
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeThu Jan 16, 2020 1:54 pm

Ain't that always the way John? Wink
Don't fret about it mate, there's always another day Smile

My Grandfather always said, "There's always tomorrow....until there isn't a tomorrow....then it don't f**king matter anyway!" Very Happy
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TJS 26CT3029 wrote:
Tired to Put it up today got new brackets up and the hevans opened always the same it will be Monday now

LOL sods law. Mind you I've always found that when I put them up in crap weather they always seemed to have less problems than when I put them up on a nice calm sunny day.

Wonder if the cider had anything to do with it. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeFri Jan 17, 2020 1:56 pm

My bro in law was up ladder with the wind and rain my sister went mad so we do it Monday now I went for the IMAX if I was getting the antron and firestick it was same price as the IMAX
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeFri Jan 17, 2020 5:16 pm

The Firestik top section is a worthless upgrade anyway. Tried it, sold it. Actually made a much better mobile antenna than it did a "performance upgrade" for the A99.
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeSat Jan 18, 2020 3:22 pm

thoughts on the antron 99 Imax10
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PostSubject: Re: thoughts on the antron 99   thoughts on the antron 99 Icon_minitimeSat Jan 18, 2020 4:57 pm

Hey, hey Smile
Nice one John.

Hope it serves you well.

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