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Will your 16GA wire doublet hold up in the wind?

Posted by WB2JIX on

I'm still baffled by the emails I get from hams that see dozens and dozens of 5 star reviews on my products and still seem to focus their attention on the ONE 2 star review on eHam.net. 

Basically, KC9DX posted the only negative review and comment on the antenna. Now, I don't want to call him out for not knowing how to install a simple dipole however, we MUST use a bit of common sense when we install ANY dipole antenna.

Here's my response to someone that asked me the same question recently.

K9CDX posted that review how long ago? Over 6 years ago. I didn't have the business back then.

Even so, I emailed him a few times and offered to replace it for him and show him how to support a dipole properly. He never responded. He's one bad comment to many 5 star ones.

People see the drawings and diagrams in antenna books and figure they must have to stretch the flat top as tight as possible to achieve complete horizontal config and not think about the trees blowing around at all. There's nothing I can do about that.

Look at all the other reviews that explain how they hold up in wind, snow and ice etc.

My 160M doublet was supported on both ends at about 75' and I allowed the center to sag to about 35-40'. Nothing wrong with that at all.

If you support it properly with quality pulleys and a counterweight (not too heavy), you'll have no problem.

Heck, skip the pulleys altogether and leave some slack for tree movement. When I moved my 160M one to a new location, the weather was too lousy to screw around with pulleys and double lines. I just used the standard dacron line through tree branches with plenty of slack. It was "supposed" to last until springtime. It lasted about 5 years until I moved to Florida. Don't mess with success!

http://www.trueladderline.com/photos/ The photos on the bottom were of my 80M doublet, same Vermont location.

When I get the time, I'll add ALL the great customer comments that come to me directly since many people don't post online.

I finally had to do a price increase :-(

It's been over four years since we went online and have not done ONE price increase.USPS rates have gone up many times. Supplies and labor have gone up as well. I need to pay the bills!

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I already have a balun!

I seem to get this question quite often so I thought I would post the answer with a couple of photos.Whenever you compare items, especially in the ham community, you know you're walking a thin line. I am not speaking negatively about any particular brand. I am simply pointing out MY experience as well as [...]

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Will I have to "TUNE" my feedline?

What follows are excerpts from an email reply to a customer that purchased a 240', end to end, 160M Doublet with 150' of feedline.. He was reading a lot of "expert" comments on the web about how much trouble it is to tune 600 ohm feed and was a bit concerned about what he may [...]

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Recent "Contact Us" Email

I have no clue who sent this to me as it was labeled anonymous sender. I just thought since it came out of nowhere, it would make a nice, quick post."I bought a 40 meter doublet from K5JYB a number of years ago. I'll never use another antenna unless I find room for the 80 [...]

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Balun Selection Notes by Bob Rumsey, KZ5R, of Balun Designs

Baluns for Multiband Antennas fed with Open Wire or Ladder linePosted by Bob, KZ5R on November 20, 2014 At least once a week we receive a request a for high ratio balun to manage the transition from high impedance open wire feedline to [...]

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VSWR Explanation, just for fun!

A bunch of us hams get together on Friday nights to work on various projects and when boredom sets in, we often search YouTube for some fun videos. This one never fails to bring lots of laughter. Enjoy!

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May 9th Snow In Vermont

This is a photo I took of my 10-160 meter doublet on the morning of May 9, 2017. At our elevation in the mountains, we tend to get snow when the valley's are left untouched.The auto tuner didn't seem to mind one bit and I was on 80M for part of the morning, chatting with [...]

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All Baluns Are NOT Created Equal

Many of my customers call me after they've attempted to setup their complete True Ladder Line antenna system and report problems with the tuning. This can be pretty frustrating as well as easily solved, in most situations.Many times, the balun being utilized is just not up to the task demanded of it. I hear this [...]

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Don't I Need a 12:1 Balun to Convert 600Ω to 50Ω?

I get that question quite often and it's pretty difficult for many hams to try to comprehend the use of a non-resonant antenna system. All we are conditioned to think about is 50 ohm cable, a matched, resonant antenna and attempting to tune for that perfect 1:1 SWR. Here's just a copy/paste response to an [...]

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