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    RealDeal007 is offline Mature Mud Duck DX Numbers: 007 Home Channel: 2 and 16
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    Default Starduster M-400 reviews?

    I'm very seriously thinking about buying one for the new place we are moving to. I want to get some reviews of the antenna to see how well they perform and how well they hold up. -007

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    The new one's are garbage, poorly made nowhere near the quality build of the original. Read a few owners complain that the center connecting hub snapped during installation. I ran one of the original Antenna Specialist Starduster's for years, it was a solidly built antenna.


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    I agree with Craig.

    The ones that are produced today (Overseas) are cheap in price AND construction.

    Don't believe the manufacturers hype about them !!

    You can occasionally find a NOS genuine Antenna Specialists M-400, but they go for BIG $$$ !!

    They are lightweight, and because they have no impedance matching device, they handle higher power with no problems.

    Unless you are willing to look abound for a NOS Starduster, and pay the $$$, you may be better off getting a new MACO or Penetrator ground plane.

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    RealDeal007 is offline Mature Mud Duck DX Numbers: 007 Home Channel: 2 and 16
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    Thanks for the input. I've always been able to talk alot farther than I can hear with this IMAX. I absolutely HATE that.

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    An Alligator base station, huh ??

    All mouth, no ears.....

    LOL !!

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    Put up a dipole. Keeps an honest man honest.

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    Alright guys, I'm sick and friggin tired of not being able to hear half the people the other people hear. Tonight it is pissing me off because I can't hear NOTHING! I don't want to run a beam (not my cup of tea). What's the VERY BEST ground plane that'll hear and get out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealDeal007 View Post
    Alright guys, I'm sick and friggin tired of not being able to hear half the people the other people hear. Tonight it is pissing me off because I can't hear NOTHING! I don't want to run a beam (not my cup of tea). What's the VERY BEST ground plane that'll hear and get out?
    Maco 5/8 installed properly is as good as any antenna ever built.


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    There's a local here that runs one of those. He said they're tough to get tuned right. But said when he got it right, it worked great.

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    The link I gave you is to a very good antenna. If you don't want help or reccomendations, don't ask for it
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    The truth is an antenna that works very well in one location fails to do as well in another, and what one person finds satisfactory does not appeal to another.
    I believe it's true that one 5/8 wave antenna is essentially the same as another in performance, so if you were to consider one I'd recommend the Workman 5/8. From every report of those who've worked both they are equal in performance, but the craftsmanship of the Workman is superior while the price is better. The Maco V5/8 and the Workman 5/8 are identical in every other respect.
    IF you want to pay the price for it, and you do not use more than 500 watts, the Gainmaster has built a reputation for being an outstanding Omni.

    No one can tell you which antenna is the best; everyone's experience differs.

    Whatever you get, get it up as high as you can, away from other things, and make sure your feedline/coax is good.

    I tested one cheap coax I had with a dummy load and a power meter. I placed the meter between the radio and the coax with the dummy load on the other end. I then moved the meter to the other end with the dummy load behind the meter and the coax connected directly to the radio. I lost 45% of the power from that cheap 100' coax.

    A good antenna is the key to great performance, but it can not do its job properly with inferior installation. From the back of the radio out to the tip end of the antenna is what your antenna system is. I have seen some dramatic improvements in TX/RX using the same antenna by simply changing the installation location/height and putting in the best coax my money could buy.
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    I don't know....there are times that my locals with their "Macos" can hear signals that I can't hear and then there are times when my "Imax" hears signals that they can't. Just the other night, I was the only one hearing a few stations out of Arizona and Washington and they were all wondering who the hell I was talking to!

    I think a lot of it has to do with nothing more than the luck of the conditions and your particular location at that particular time. Two 5/8ths wave antennas, by two different manufacturers, separated by even as little as 5 miles can perform very differently from moment to moment.

    I think "Macos", "Super Penetrators", "Stardusters" and "Siros" are all good antennas. Just don't be surprised when on occasion the guy across town with an Antron 99 is hearing something that you're not. It's not your antenna. It's just the luck of the draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Rider View Post
    I don't know....there are times that my locals with their "Macos" can hear signals that I can't hear and then there are times when my "Imax" hears signals that they can't. Just the other night, I was the only one hearing a few stations out of Arizona and Washington and they were all wondering who the hell I was talking to!

    I think a lot of it has to do with nothing more than the luck of the conditions and your particular location at that particular time. Two 5/8ths wave antennas, by two different manufacturers, separated by even as little as 5 miles can perform very differently from moment to moment.

    I think "Macos", "Super Penetrators", "Stardusters" and "Siros" are all good antennas. Just don't be surprised when on occasion the guy across town with an Antron 99 is hearing something that you're not. It's not your antenna. It's just the luck of the draw.
    Thanks, the local that runs a Maco V5000 is on a hill and has his antenna 40 ft off the ground. He can hear 125 miles any night of the week. He's in a what I call a Sweet Spot. Where I'm living at right now is right in the middle of town (temporary). The IMAX is up 30 ft and my ears are pinched off (buildings, hospital, businesses, etc.

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    100%, Ghost Rider

    It happens to me between my 4 element Yagi and my 1/2 wave endfed Vertical. They are in the same yard 45 feet from each other at the same feedpoint height and there are times on of them is hearing and transmitting better than the other.
    That is one of the reasons why i said to decide on what you want your antenna to do, put it up with the best instalation you can, and then enjoy it. In the end things come down to the moment. It takes the long run to establish the typical performance of a given setup.

    One of my latest experiences is that when conditions were faltering here for DX I took down my .64 and put up a horizontal dipole that worked better for those conditions than the .64 had begun to do. Go figure.
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    My 3/4 sigma 4 homebrew is a top performer. It performs at least as good as a Maco 5/8. The Maco 5/8 3 miles away seemed to have better ears until I installed the 2sc2999 and shottkey mod to one of my radios. My ears are top notch now. Now my local 5/8 wave is asking me what was said sometimes.

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    218tx , i'd love to see some pics of your home brew sigma 4

    RealDeal007 . you can make a starduster out of wire and cheap pvc/bamboo/non-conductive straight stuff .




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    look at this. http://www.sirioantenne.it/prodotti_...8171169&idp=66

    Mine is probably better built than this, but this is what it looks like. An Ugly Balun is useful on this antenna. Sigma 4 and the Lariot 150 are a couple of other names for this one. Here is a pic of mine:
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    Good looking homebrew V4k!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomerBB View Post
    Good looking homebrew V4k!
    This is not my build so I can't take credit. There used to be a guy who built several of these and sold them from his garage. He went by 287. He was a genius at antennas, never met him myself, but a lot of guys around DFW still work his antennas. He got married and moved to AR never to be heard on the radio here since. I was lucky to find this on Craigslist.

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