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PostSubject: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeFri Apr 09, 2021 11:48 pm

Hi Guys
           Is anybody using one of these , or used one in the past , looking for advice .
I am replacing my old Antron 99 , it has seen better days , (it is around 15 years old )
Will the  Galaxy 5 match or out perform a Antron 99 ,
The Thunderpole will go into my limited space , Ideally i would like a Sirio Gainmaster
but this would not suit the limited space i have available , or is there a Antenna out the 
there around the size of the Galaxy 5 , which is a good performer .

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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeSat Apr 10, 2021 6:38 am

I had the Skipmaster 2011 and found it better than the Gainmaster.
Unfortunately it had a damage in transit that eventually let water in.
Skipmaster 2011 is just over 14ft so handy size.
https://www.radioworld.co.uk/sigma-2011-skip-master-58-wave-cb-fiberglass-base-station-a?campaign=203039367&content=506761183669&keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjw9r-DBhBxEiwA9qYUpSIyffCiYx0QAMEBLUfgXSErjfqfdM8-3381Q4OJnrs_UMX7nPabZxoCKdgQAvD_BwE

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Just looked at the Galaxy 5/8 and it looks identical to the 2011 even down to being supplied with the 2 tip's.
Replaced mine with the Gainmaster but bought another Skipmaster new unopened off the bay for a good price ans it's still in the box in my shack.
Gainmaster is in the greenhouse lol  long storey.

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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeSat Apr 10, 2021 8:13 am

Hi Alan thanks for the info , the 2011 skipmaster looks promising , do you use yours just on 11 m
or do you use it on other bands , the Bands I use most often are 10/11 and 12m
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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeSat Apr 10, 2021 3:15 pm

No not using it at the moment but when i did i worked it on many bands with a tuner.
As said mine was damaged on delivery but i put silicone on it but it didn't last the winter.
Replaced it with the gainmaster but i also bought another skipmaster but it is still in the box.
Using a long wire and a HF multiband vertical at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 12, 2021 11:41 am

Hi, i've been using the Thunderpole Galaxy 5/8 for a little while now. Can't get it to a decent SWR across the range. Tuned it to FM UK & got it to 1.2 to 1.6 across the 40 channels but on Euro FM  it's way above 3. Had various answers as to why but the only way i can see to get other frequencies is to buy another antenna & have two, each tuned differently. Decided against that & i'm going to ditch the Thunderpole (despite it only being a month old!) & get a sirio Gainmaster. If that doesn't work I'm giving up & selling the whole lot. I don't see why i would have to keep getting up & down a ladder to retune the Thunderpole each time i want to change from UK to Euro. Good luck! Bob.
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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 12, 2021 12:27 pm

Never had a problem with SWR with the Skipmaster.
Tuned mine on 27.555 i think it was and it was around 1.8 on the uk c-40.

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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 12, 2021 3:02 pm

firebob22 wrote:
Hi, i've been using the Thunderpole Galaxy 5/8 for a little while now. Can't get it to a decent SWR across the range. Tuned it to FM UK & got it to 1.2 to 1.6 across the 40 channels but on Euro FM  it's way above 3. Had various answers as to why 

Looking on their website the most likely reason is it had an 11cm whip which would be usable for UK CB and 10m with the SWR on UKFM getting lower towards Ch40 instead of the 19cm one which would cover 26-28MHz and therefore all of the EU CEPT and UK40FM. The problem that can occur if you were using the longer whip and trying to get the lowest SWR on UK channels is that the further into the top section you have the whip the more funky things start to happen, you see the same happen with hamsticks and DV27 type mobile antennas too that use the same method.

Also despite the name it's not a 5/8 wave antenna, not that at 14ft it could be. Their specs actually say it's a 1/4 wave, which again at 14ft it can't be, but then their marketing blurb bangs on about it being a "5/8 wave design with a total length of 4.35m" on the very same page so very misleading. But it'll behave much more like a 1/4 wave than a 5/8 wave.

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PostSubject: Re: Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8   Thunderpole 5 galaxy 5/8 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 13, 2021 8:52 am

Thanks Northern Crusader, the Thunderpole was recommended to me by Knights CB so i went along with them & bought it & the President McKinley at the same time. Not happy with the Thunderpole so i've ordered a Gainmaster which is arriving today. Won't be able to get it up until the weekend so i'll let you all know how it goes then. Bit of a minefield all this! Cheers, Bob. cheers
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