[AMRadio] RG8X and the Bazookie

Larry Knapp kc8jx at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 8 17:23:38 EST 2006

To all - Everyone to their own taste and experience.  Can see reviews of the same antenna good 
and bad (such as on eHam.net); depends upon the environment and many other factors.  As to my
specific situation and my results....I live in SW Michigan where we get a good amount of wind,
rain, snow and ice.  I do not have my 40 and my 75/80 coaxial bazooka(s) up very high...apex of
each is about 22 feet...ends much less....need to get it all higher (yes, I know)...but...Anyway,
I took down simple wire dipoles for 40 and 75 and put these bazookas up and have not regretted it.
 They are lower noise...super duper significantly lower noise?...no....but lower....makes 75 and
40 meters more tolerable.  Bandwidth on 40 is the whole band (simple wire dipole was the
same)...for either (on 40) the results have been the same except for a little less noise....same
height for each.  On 75/80 my usable low swr bandwidth is from about 3.510 - 3.925.  Above and
below it starts to increase past 2.5:1.  So I'm happy with it...works well...in fact using 50
watts on 80 meters CW I worked ZA7A....that to me is fantastic.  So yes, I'm a happy camper.  Your
mileage may vary.  Have a great weekend everyone.  73, Larry KC8JX

BTW, hope to see some additional activity on 15 AM this weekend.  Conditions were not too shabby
last Saturday and Sunday.  Fireup my DX-100B and NC-303.

--- Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com> wrote:
> Use one on 160 and one on 75 years ago. Claims of less noise and greatly
> improved bandwidth were bogus over the same type of single wire
> configuration. On the plus side, great wind catcher so you need strong
> supports especially if used in a dipole configuration. Also, if your area
> is prone to ice storms, larger surface area of antenna is a great
> collector. You'll need strong rope. Bandwidth improvement was minuscule
> over a dipole. It think Wallt Maxwell had some articles about this
> antenna years ago, "fact and fiction". Lots of info on the web. If you
> get water inside the coax and it then migrates, it will drive your SWR
> readings all over the place. After several ice storms, I finally gathered
> the antennas up and threw them in the trash can. Wire works just as well.
> Pete, wa2cwa
> On Fri, 08 Dec 2006 14:52:00 -0600 Rick Brashear <rickbras at airmail.net>
> writes:
> > Larry,
> > Fantastic!  Not only does that help, that cinches the deal!  I liked 
> > everything I read about the Bazooka, but had never talked with 
> > anyone who had one in use.  Obviously, you have no major complaints.  I 
> > understand that noise reduction is a big plus in these antennas, is 
> > that what you find?
> > 
> > I'll have to erect mine as an inverted vee due to real estate, but 
> > it should do just fine.  I hope to have the apex at 45' - 50' and the 
> > ends no less than 15' off the ground.

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