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Silver Rod 1/2 wave


1/2 wave Silver Rod

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Gain: 4.2 DB
Impedance: 50 Ohms
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Power: 1000 Watts
Frequency: 26-28 Mhz

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Re: Silver Rod 1/2 wave


A good all-round home base antenna, an end-fed dipole.
Works best if mounted at least its own height above ground, that being a half wave, or about 18 feet, and ideally keep the antenna well away from the de-tuning effect of buildings and trees - once again its own length represents a good minimum.

Tuning is a bit time consuming as it is accomplished by sliding sections in or out to alter the overall length, and after each adjustment you must put the antenna back into position to test the tuning. However, once set and tightened up it is a tough and reliable antenna.
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Re: Silver Rod 1/2 wave


works the same as an antron 99, a very basic half wave antenna.
but you save £50 when you buy one instead of an antron 99 (a copper wire in a tube!!)....plus if you bypass the matching coil inside you have a cheap 1/4 wave for 20 metres......
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But you must not believe the gain figure its just [sign in to see URL] at best just like all other 5/8.
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Re: Silver Rod 1/2 wave


5/8 has a noticable gain over a 1/2 wave due to the lower angle of radiation, its well documented and worth the £3 difference in price.. . . ..ps,stick some 1/4 wave radials on at 45 degrees and youre onto a great antenna!! (but the sigma 4 is still the daddy)!!


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I bought one of these off ebay not long ago, brand new and it came from the UK in about a week. Cost 80 AUD all up (55 Pounds), antenna was $30 and shipping the rest. Has marks on each section where to slide out and fasten, which were spot on when I put it up. SWR at 1.3 and no adjusting needed. It works ok, but I got a second hand 3 element yagi at the same time which I use for DXing. Silver Rod gets used now and then for local stuff. Works fine and handled some strong winds here no problems. Good value antenna.
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