Well after around 10 days of testing the new antenna, there seems to have been some nice DX worked on the higher bands but is this due to an improvement in band conditions or is it the new antenna thats working better than the last?
The G3TXQ Hexbeam (by MW0JZE) was erected two weeks ago as a replacement for the 2 element SteppIR that I have had for around 4 years.
The SteppIR was a first class antenna, no doubt about it but after months of pondering I decided to downsize to the Hexbeam. Of course I was worried about loss of performance as with a small garden and a small station, every ‘s’ point was critical. (See below for the DX worked in the last few days with the Hex @ M0OXO).
The build quality of the Hex was amazing (thanks Ant!) and all high quality materials used, even the Wife liked it (well ‘liked’ may be a wrong choice of word hi) but she was happy! If you are interested in this antenna then click the foto for a link to the MW0JZE information page but in the mean time here’s what you get for your money ;
- Heavy duty centre hub
- Heavy duty fibreglass centre post
- Heavy duty fibreglass spreader set with wire element fixings
- Six wire elements for 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6M
Here’s a sample of the DX worked on 12, 15 & 17 metres, (20m pretty much similar with more JA and HL’s)
12M : VK6RO, XU7ACY, T6MB, T6MO, JA4FHE, P29CW, DU3/0QM, BU2AQ, 5R8UO, KH2/N2NL,
15M : KH2/WM1D, P29FR, BI7SI, 8J7HOPE, 8N1WHALE/1, XX9LT, XE2X, ZL4RUGBY, DT0DWAC, D9A
17M : PQ8XB, ZL1BYZ, WH6R, AH6V, 8N1WHALE/1, ZL6RWC, D9A
So, I know how they got in the logbook but as to why, well make up your own mind, Antenna and/or Propagation – You decide!…...(for what it’s worth my money is on the Hex….Go Anthony ..Go Anthony lol)
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