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PostSubject: Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99   Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 12, 2023 8:46 pm

Or at least that's the plan, my 5/8 thunderpole is a fantastic antenna but she's a bit bent from catching it on my soffits a few times as she was originally put up and down as I used it.

Now it's permanently fixed on t&k brackets I can't stand seeing it flopping to one side and straightening it is almost impossible.

I'm thinking of getting the thunderpole 5 to replace it. It's double the price but I like the idea of fibre glass.

Can I expect the same decent range of my old 5/8? In addition I mostly use the uk40 and long distance ssb, long distance is the most important. I gather the thunderpole 5 is 1/2 wave so will the 5/8 preform better?
looking online I think the galaxy 5/8 might be better for me as. long distance ssb is what I like the most.


I see mixed reviews about the a99, I'm worried that as it's shorter it's going to have less range. Thoughts guys?
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PostSubject: Re: Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99   Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99 Icon_minitimeWed Nov 15, 2023 9:17 pm

Yes they all perform pretty much as a muchness despite the claims people make. When there's a significant notable difference it's pretty much always down to that individual installation especially when replacing one antenna with a new one as often you replace cables, change plugs etc and fix the thing that was causing an issue you were unaware you had.

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PostSubject: Re: Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99   Upgrading my thunderpole 5/8 for a thunderpole 5 or a99 Icon_minitimeThu Nov 16, 2023 7:22 am

Everyone I know around my area say the antron 99 every time, they do dx and local, east to tune aswell

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I had the amtron 99 up for six years here in Finland, Did very well with it, replaced with Gainmaster , about the same Rx and Tx from both.

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