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PostSubject: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeMon Sep 19, 2022 8:16 pm

Guys i have just ordered an Antron 99 not had a CB in 20 years, even then was a mobile antenna in the loft lol.  

Question has  anyone used the upgraded top section and is it worth the purchance or not much difference and save my money 

Thanks for any help 

Craig Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2022 2:50 pm

Hi Craig,

There's been a few discussions around the A99 on the forum in the past with only one mention of the top extension and then that was a recommendation not to bother.

I had a quick scout around the old internet and some say that it made not much difference whilst others complained that it ruined the ability to match the antenna across a wider range of frequencies.

Does look like it might be worth saving your money judging by that. (?)


Hopefully a member here has some first hand experience to give you.
I'm simply scanning the forum for unanswered posts and maybe help out if and when I can.

I wish you luck with it all.


All the best,
Victor

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2022 3:13 pm

Thanks for taking the time to come back to me I will go ahead with out the upgrade. Thanks again for the info

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2022 6:51 pm

Can second that. I tried one, it made no noticeable difference apart from to my wallet. Spend the money on getting a longer pole to put it on.

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeWed Sep 21, 2022 9:30 pm

Thanks for the reasurance guys, did you have to mess around with the tuning for SWR or leave alone as it is out the box?
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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2022 7:04 am

Hi Craig,

From what I can tell around the internet and the antenna instructions it seems that a lot of people were able to use the antenna straight out of the box.

Always worth a read of the instructions beforehand, that piece of paper or pamphlet that never gets read until something isn't right. Wink

Also best not to get too hung up about SWR as it seems that many often chase that fabled 1:1 without real reason. If you take a look at the table provided in the link below you'll see why many don't even worry unless the SWR is over 2:1..........

http://www.firestik.com/Tech_Docs/SWRLOSS.htm


If you get a SWR of around 1.5:1 then you're pretty good to go. Antron 99  1f44d 

Have fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2022 7:10 am

I have only ever tried one for a short time but i think i set the rings in the middle and it was not to far off.
Reason it was only a short time was i used to do all the local repairs and the odd one by post.
Our local shop well he also did the markets with a stall.
Well he would give me any new aerial to try and i got to keep them so always calling my m8 Rob to run up the roof to swap over and he did run frightened the sheite out of me so i stopped watching lol.
Reason i was given them was people would go to him to buy an aerial the one Alan Pilot is using.
Didn't dawn on me for some time but did make some cash on the sales lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeThu Sep 22, 2022 11:48 am

they are a good antenna if you get some good gales, there is some very good and better aluminum antennas but will they stand up to the storms we get, my 99 did and i live in a very low noise area so thats good . but there is all ways a but

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeFri Sep 30, 2022 11:01 am

I presume you have your a99 up already but if not or you take it down again coat it in varnish.
Any type will do as it protects the fibreglass from crazing and letting in water.Had my a99 over 10yrs and it performs well...use it portable and still impressed.

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PostSubject: Re: Antron 99    Antron 99  Icon_minitimeSun Oct 02, 2022 8:09 am

Cozzmik wrote:
I presume you have your a99 up already but if not or you take it down again coat it in varnish.
Any type will do as it protects the fibreglass from crazing and letting in water.Had my a99 over 10yrs and it performs well...use it portable and still impressed.
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I agree with Cozzmik. 

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Always varnish your A99. I was gifted one about 6 years ago and within seconds of touching it I felt the stab of a fibreglass splinter and then another and another and another (you get the picture)
Next day it was off to the local DIY shop for a tin of varnish.

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