My name is Brian Duerr, WB2JIX. I took over this business in March 2015, formerly owned by Charlie Redding, K5JYB (SK).
I am carrying on the tradition of manufacturing, selling and supporting the classic W7FG True Ladder Line Wire and Antenna. I purchased my first 10-80M doublet many years ago from Gary (W7FG) and another one from Charlie. I was sold on the performance from the moment I turned on my radio. I'll never go back to coax-fed dipoles. Neither will you when you try one! That's a promise. These antennas have a 30 year history and I plan to see to it that they have another 30 or more. Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my small business. I hope to make you a convert.
The ladder line and doublets are about as simple as you can get, although they require a considerable amount of time & effort to construct. ALL of the spreaders, the center insulator and the end insulators, are custom-built from UV resistant, Polyethylene tubing. We have a proprietary punching and notching system made especially for us, which has been in constant use since the late 1980's. Everything is hand constructed to order. We DO NOT stock inventory.
Each antenna is literally made of pieces of Poly tubing and two pieces of wire. This simplicity, combined with high quality, USA made materials, is the reason why these antennas perform so well for many, many years.
The wire is 16GA, 26 strand, 100% copper, PVC coated and UV resistant as well. The clients in our facility that build these for you, do each one by hand. They have to measure each length of wire to the correct dimensions, stretch them out through a custom jig to be able to snap on all of the spacers. Then they thread both ends of the doublet through the support holes in the center piece and run them out to the final length to the end pieces. You can imagine the time involved to construct a 10-160M doublet with 200' of feedline. It's very time-consuming. That's the reason why customers always state that it really is easier and less expensive than attempting to build your own.
The antennas and ladder line are still made by individuals with disabilities through a program in Oklahoma, where they provide the clients with a place for job training, sheltered employment and a supervised work environment. My hope is that in some small way, we are able to make a difference in their lives, help them develop a sense of independence and gain some much-needed life skills. About ten percent (10%) of your purchase price goes directly to them. They in turn, are free to spend their income in the local community however they wish. They all take pride in their work, care about what they do for us and appreciate your support! Thank you from all of us!
If you have a question, comment or suggestion, fill out the contact form and I'll get right back to you as soon as possible. Usually within a couple of hours, depending upon my schedule.
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