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The Doctor

The Doctor

Posts : 13
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Join date : 2020-05-03
Age : 35
QTH or Location : Epping, Essex
Call Sign : 26-CT-3515
Equipment Used : President McKinley CB on Sirio 27A, Uniden UBC785XLT on ScanKing Royal Discone, Motorola XTN446, Eurosonic Ultimate CB handheld

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PostSubject: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeTue May 19, 2020 11:25 pm

Evening all,

Well, I just received my new A99. Hoping to get it up early next month.

Seems like a very good quality antenna which won't suffer in high winds.

Middle section was a bit tough to screw into base section - very tight thread for which I needed a spanner and grips (and the lock-washer was too tight and had to be prised open a little to fit over the thread) - but that aside it certainly looks good.

Got it up approx 8' on temporary ground mount for test. SWR 1.1 at high end of UK FM. Otherwise 1.0 across the board, so I'm really pleased with it.

Will go up on house, 20' at base.

Any advice from anyone before I throw it up would be greatly appreciated. cheers

Rory
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Cozzmik

Cozzmik

Posts : 70
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Join date : 2020-04-12
Age : 50
QTH or Location : Kent
Call Sign : 26-CT-465/OP-465/FB-012
Equipment Used : Homebase>Yaesu FT450d & Vector 4000 / Portable>Kenwood TS570dg & Solarcon a99

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 6:55 am

Fibreglass can craze and splinter with time so a coat of wood varnish does help but for more protection i wrapped electrical tape around each section down as far as the metal part while the varnish was tacky.

Ive had mine 7 years and use it portable and its still working perfectly,mine is now green and blends in with the trees while up in the air (just for fun).

Each section can still come apart of course so i can pack it in the car but wont craze or splinter to stop water ingress.

I used mine homebase for 6 years and while they can bring in noise if you site it right and are lucky you will get zero noise as i do.

Expect some to say but its just a piece of wire in a fibreglass pole and no better than a silver rod and maybe not but mine withstood 80+mph gusts of wind during various storms without any issues.They tune away from 11m with little effort and have a flat swr on 11m...I rate them a lot and would have another for portable all day long..
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The Doctor

The Doctor

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Join date : 2020-05-03
Age : 35
QTH or Location : Epping, Essex
Call Sign : 26-CT-3515
Equipment Used : President McKinley CB on Sirio 27A, Uniden UBC785XLT on ScanKing Royal Discone, Motorola XTN446, Eurosonic Ultimate CB handheld

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 10:30 pm

Thank you Cozzmik. Yes, the reason I bought this one was because it is fibreglass so that it can withstand some wind battering. We get quite a lot across here.
Siting I have only one choice, so it is a pot luck install. I get what I get.

Cheers for the tips! cheers
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Join date : 2019-10-23
Age : 68
QTH or Location : No mans land ( Birmingham )
Call Sign : 26CZ455
Equipment Used : 30y/o Cobra 148, SS6900N, A99

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeWed May 20, 2020 11:07 pm

Just swopped mine for 18ft of wire.

73s Tom 26CZ455
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The Doctor

The Doctor

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Join date : 2020-05-03
Age : 35
QTH or Location : Epping, Essex
Call Sign : 26-CT-3515
Equipment Used : President McKinley CB on Sirio 27A, Uniden UBC785XLT on ScanKing Royal Discone, Motorola XTN446, Eurosonic Ultimate CB handheld

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeFri May 22, 2020 10:04 pm

Does anyone have any advice regarding spacing of T&K brackets?
How far apart would you put them.

I know aerial installers say leave at least 4 layers of bricks above the top one, and 2" of space between them per foot of pole - but that is with basic TV antennae, not with an 18' rod.

What do you guys use / have?

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Cozzmik

Cozzmik

Posts : 70
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Join date : 2020-04-12
Age : 50
QTH or Location : Kent
Call Sign : 26-CT-465/OP-465/FB-012
Equipment Used : Homebase>Yaesu FT450d & Vector 4000 / Portable>Kenwood TS570dg & Solarcon a99

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeSat May 23, 2020 8:17 am

My brackets are spaced approx 40" apart (not strictly TK as homemade and slight difference) and well below the top line of bricks and the last 7 years my antenna has been totally fine even thru some strong storms with winds of 80mph recorded on my weather station.
Vector 4000 and 6 metre galvanised steel tube here now and Solarcon a99 used before..

I like to see the pole move as well as the antenna during wind load so there is plenty of pole above the top bracket,personal choice and i have seen a debate where some say let the antenna take all the strain by having less pole above the top bracket.

No fear of any damage to others here as my antenna can only fall onto my land so i sleep easy knowing that my way works for me..
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The Doctor

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Join date : 2020-05-03
Age : 35
QTH or Location : Epping, Essex
Call Sign : 26-CT-3515
Equipment Used : President McKinley CB on Sirio 27A, Uniden UBC785XLT on ScanKing Royal Discone, Motorola XTN446, Eurosonic Ultimate CB handheld

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeSat May 23, 2020 8:15 pm

Thank you Cozzmik,

I agree. I think a bit of flex on the pole is a good thing. A bit like a pine tree, they rarely fall because they just flex in the wind.
You seem to be using the spacing that I was advised to do, 20’ pole so 40” spacing.
If mine falls it will hit my conservatory - fibreglass vs plexiglass 🤣
will probably just make a loud slap; more drama than damage!
Thank you for your replies, they are really helpful 👍🏻
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ranger

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Join date : 2019-06-28
QTH or Location : Essex
Call Sign : 26CT140/26TM140

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeSat May 23, 2020 10:33 pm


*self amalgamating tape over the joins and over the cable connector also a good idea to keep rain out.
*(like with car battery terminals) protect the TK bracket nuts once tight with small blob of grease or something similar. (The day you do decide to upgrade you'll be thank full).

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Cozzmik

Cozzmik

Posts : 70
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Join date : 2020-04-12
Age : 50
QTH or Location : Kent
Call Sign : 26-CT-465/OP-465/FB-012
Equipment Used : Homebase>Yaesu FT450d & Vector 4000 / Portable>Kenwood TS570dg & Solarcon a99

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeSun May 24, 2020 7:49 am

The Doctor wrote:
Thank you Cozzmik,

I agree. I think a bit of flex on the pole is a good thing. A bit like a pine tree, they rarely fall because they just flex in the wind.
You seem to be using the spacing that I was advised to do, 20’ pole so 40” spacing.
If mine falls it will hit my conservatory - fibreglass vs plexiglass 🤣
will probably just make a loud slap; more drama than damage!
Thank you for your replies, they are really helpful 👍🏻

Welcome buddy,

And i agree with Trevor (Ranger) re amalgamating tape and grease where possible..

I always grease nuts (ooh matron) and do so on car wheel nuts too,always easier to remove..

73
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Posts : 170
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Join date : 2019-11-13
Age : 49
QTH or Location : IO94SA
Call Sign : M0GVZ
Equipment Used : Icom 7300, TS480, Albrecht AE6110, CRT Mike

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeMon May 25, 2020 2:54 am

Get the ground plane kit. Despite beliefs to the contrary all end fed antennas need a RF ground, there's a fundamental law of physics called Kirchoffs Law you can't get around. If you don't put in a RF ground the antenna system will try to use the mast and coax to compensate with all the negatives that can mean such as noise on receive, garbled transmit audio, causing interference to TVs etc (yes even digital terrestrial freeview). You may be lucky and the combination of pole and coax may be OK and you get away with it but one of the reasons some people say antenna X or Y that don't come with decent radials is crap whilst others swear by them is down to whether or not they were lucky with the lengths of mast they used.

Also put in a RF choke at the antenna feedpoint. 5 turns of coax 4.25" diameter will do the job.
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karelgol

karelgol

Posts : 9
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Join date : 2020-05-21
Age : 61
QTH or Location : Steenwijk, NL
Call Sign : 19-CT-024
Equipment Used : Superstar 2000, President Bill Asc, AMP-150, Antron A99, Emperor LA-50

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PostSubject: Re: Solarcon Antron 99   Solarcon Antron 99 Icon_minitimeYesterday at 10:29 am

Just some other question about the A99, or improvement of my complete setup:
I use a switched PSU, where i've read about that somehow they have some different kind of grounding and on the other end there's my A99 mounted on a homebrew telescopic mast of which the top end used to be a fibreglass windsurfing mast. So the A99 has no ground except for the RG58 coax shield.
What can be done?
- Grounding the bottom of the A99 through a separate cable to the metal bottom of my telescopic mast?
- Grounding of the RG58 shield?
- Also read somewhere that the A99 doesn't need contact to earth, true? If so, what about wind static build up on the fiberglass?
Some other questions:
- Would replacing the RG58 by RG213 cable help for loss reduction? It's about 15m of cable, RG58 has a loss of about 2.5 dB in 30m. The gain of the A99 is about 9dB, so by using RG58 i throw away about 10-15% gain. Am i correct or is this too simple thinking?
- Any experience with Ferrite beads around the cable for noise redustion? I ordered 20 to place some around the cord from the 240V home power supply, to keep out interference from internet through the power net. Any use for them around the antenna cable?
- As i'm a DIY person, is it possible to make the ground plane kit myself?

A lot of questions, but i have almost no electrical background and hope to tap into the knowledge base which is gathered here.

73
Karel
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