Hello Radio Friends,
03/13/19 Update: "XR0ZRC ... one-called him. Not bad for a 20’ OCD and 100 watts."
"Interestingly, one of the big DX deals going on right now is Juan Fernandez Is. (Robinson Crusoe), XR0ZRC. The pile-ups have been enormous. I caught him on 20 CW the other morning at 13:11Z just as 20 was opening up here. He evidently had just moved to 20 as the pile was small, I caught the previous station working split and one-called him. Not bad for a 20’ OCD and 100 watts."
Would you like to one-call some DX stations like Bill does from your home or HOA? Let's make ham radio even more fun, again...
Spring is certainly in the air in the Northern Hemisphere! We are still experiencing snow and blizzards in the ski resorts of the Mountain West but on a recent trip to Washington DC for the ARRL CW contest, we were in short sleeves at 70F temps for antenna work. It in this spirit we present a quick customer review and "look at the" view.
One of our happy customers, Bill, sent us an enviable video-image of his Old Glory proudly providing him a passport to the short waves! You can imagine the palm fronds and flag flowing in the wind... notice the pole doesn't move! Bill is probably working DX right now...
In addition to the splendor and beauty, he states that he is “so glad to be working guys on 80M, for the first time in 20 years!” and “The DX Flagpole is 2-3 S-units louder on first tests versus the loop on 20/17M.”
"In the pile-ups, I got a surprising number of 1 to 3 calls contacts, far more competitive than I expected."
Update from Bill after ARRL SSB 2019 (Weekend of March 2-3). If you were on the air at all during this contest you know even some of the most fierce of competitors pulled the plug about half-way through! it was lousy conditions even for the 200' tower guys. Here's more from Bill...
"By the way, I ran about 100 contacts in the ARRL Phone DX Contest over the weekend. I could hear a ton of stuff in Europe and Asia. Also used 20, 15 and 10. As you would expect with lousy propagation, 20 was a zoo. I still managed to put some Europeans and Oceana stations in the log. In the pile-ups, I got a surprising number of 1 to 3 calls contacts, far more competitive than I expected. Same thing on 15. Only half dozen on 10 it was only open for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, and that was mostly to South America and the Caribbean."
This is great news for you and your team. The DX Flagpole awaits being of service at your QTH too.
We are discussing grounding and lightning protection and tuner disconnects and will publish our findings very soon. Until then, let us send you a DX Flagpole. Want to learn more?
Below is a summary of highlights for you. See you on the air soon!
Thank you for your interest in our products at FlagpoleAntenna.com. I am so glad you stopped by our website!
WE OFFER YOU TWO VERSIONS OF VERTICAL-DIPOLES
DXV = DX Vertical Dipole for all bands, 80-6M
DX FLAGPOLE = DXV + Flag accessories for all bands, 80-6M
WHO ARE YOU?
Whether you are brand new novice entering the radio world or a veteran of the game looking for a smarter real-performance option to access all bands with DX Confidence that is just not available on the market today, my team is pleased to answer your call. We strive to earn the public trust (your trust) and just maybe earn your business by sharing with you our team's findings of what's possible when you ask career RF Engineers and Antenna Designers for better solutions from antenna science in 2019 and then offering you the transparent data for you to consider. Bet you haven't seen much of this before! You're welcome.
On that note, have you seen our RF Blog and FAQ sections? We talk with these expert engineers, designers, and our customers too about the Q&A around our OCF antenna line.. We think you'll enjoy that so please check it out at www.flagpoleantenna.com
Below, I've compiled highlights of our products benefits to our fraternity at large. Please take a few minutes to consider the rugged engineering and very smart approach to our antenna system and look at the other offerings on the market today. We think you'll be very pleased with our OCF vertical dipoles that get you and your friends on All Bands with DX Confidence.
As we tune the radio bands we're hearing more radio ops firing up with DXV's and DX Flagpole Antennas.
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WHO WE ARE?
As a brief introduction, we are a group of lifelong radio operators, maybe just like you, thankful and honored to provide a more useful service to you and our peers.
- AWARD WINNERS! YES, THE ARRL "ANTENNA OF THE YEAR" WAS WON BY ONE OF OUR OWN, A CAREER BROADCAST-RF ENGINEER AND ANTENNA DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE. CONGRATS, JOHN!
AGAIN WE AIM TO OFFER A MORE USEFUL SERVICE TO OUR PEERS. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TEAM, APPROACH, AND PHILOSOPHY OF TRANSPARENCY AND QUALITY, HERE:
- HOA Approved + XYL-significant others and neighborhood too because it's a pretty, low profile single pole or Real Flagpole
- No Radials! needed to achieve the high performance we stand behind + no guy wires either
- All-bands from 80-6M including WARC, MARS, etc. That's 10 ham bands!
- High-Power (3 KW PEP) Rated Antenna Design and Feed System
- Smart Design Rugged Engineering, Premium Materials. 80-100 MPH rating based on ANSI/NAAMM FP 1001-07 Regulations
- Best in Class Our OCF vertical-dipole line is 'as good or better' than any legacy brands-of-old on the market today.
- >90% and better efficiency across all bands from 3.5 - 50 MHz (yes, really!)
- Very Low Losses owing to the feed system and antenna design
- Lower Angles than ground mounted verticals (see performance specs!)
- Available sizes 12', 16', 20', and 28' foot OCF Vertical Dipole radio antennas
- Easy Install Dig 2-3' post hole, drop in, plug n play! Have fun on all bands.
- Free Shipping in the USA + Competitive Worldwide Shipping
- Remote Tuners available now. Antenna+ATU bundles provide deep discounts on our customer's favorite Tuners. Choose your match today!
RF BLOG (VARIOUS Q&A WITH OUR PEERS)
Follow along on the RF Blog for more discussions as they happen, here.
Covering various Q&A's from advice on mounting scenarios, tuner-tech, lightning protection, configuration arguments, and antenna system queries (and many other common FAQs) as they happen, here:
HISTORY OF THE DX FLAGPOLE
Our Flagpole Antennas have been long-time best sellers known both for their outstanding performance and for their stealthy demeanor. They look like real flagpoles (and they are indeed real flagpoles) and they radiate very nicely. Their historic drawback was that they were ground plane vertical designs thus required radial ground systems to work properly. And, if you know ground plane verticals, you know that you need a lot of copper on the ground to achieve an efficient ground system (purists recommend 64-128 quarter wave radials). So, we went back to the drawing board and came up with the OCF design we enjoy today. (2018 Upgrades)
THE BENEFITS DX FLAGPOLE & OCF VERTICAL DIPOLE DESIGN
THIS IS NO ORDINARY ANTENNA - Many Hams expect a resonant antenna where you plug in coax and it works. Well, there is more to the science as to why we offer an antenna-system that is far less lossy and much higher performance, yes really. Let me point you in the right direction to the science. Of course, please respond with any queries or concerns and we are always open to a challenge too! We stand firm on our claims.
NO TOWER, NO PROBLEM!
We are very proud of the antenna and offer a wealth of research and study on the science of the antenna as to why it's superior for those not able to own a mid-tall tower. We include many examples of the performance measures looking inward, its various heights and design, plus we put these antennas up against similar antennas on the market, out in the light of day with over-qualified, professionally sourced, transparent data for you to consider. We lean on the latest professional antenna design and engineering software(s) and thankfully, 35 years of antenna design experience to find an accurate context and thus the awareness to remove false positives and arrive at a fine-tuned antenna system, for you. After all, anyone can buy expensive software, it's the experience we claim makes all the difference in an otherwise complicated, yet seemingly very simple, antenna system design.
TRANSPARENT DATA FOR ALL TO SEE
Within the pages of our website we offer a wealth of transparent data, comparisons with other antennas on the market today, and performance measures of each. We get plenty of queries asking "how can this work without radials?" We answer these for you in the pages of our website.
RESPECT FOR THE ENGINEERING SCIENCES
THE DXV AND DX FLAGPOLE ADHERES TO ANSI NAAMM FP 1001-07 REGULATIONS - DX Flagpole has been engineered to withstand 80-90-100 MPH (based on your selection) wind gusts with the flag removed, according to “Guide Specifications for Design of Metal Flagpoles,” ANSI/NAAMM FP 1001-07. This was used rather than ANSI/TIA-222-G (regulating antennas and towers) as this standard will be the one needed by building committees for flagpole structural analysis (you are telling your building committee that you’re installing a flagpole, not an antenna, right?). In any event, you will want to remove your flag when very high winds are forecast to prevent damage to your flag itself.
EVEN OUR 12' OCF ENJOYS STRONGER SIGNALS OVER THE GROUND-MOUNTED WITH RADIALS, 43' VERTICALS ON MANY BANDS - We propose with confidence that our elevated feed point and floating feed system provide a superior product with lower angles, a very low loss, highly efficient (90-100%) high-performance antenna system across ALL bands between 80-6M. That's 10 ham bands! We provide the data for you to consider these claims for yourself. (listen around the bands to hear for yourself too!)
Notice below how our 12-28 footers compare to a 43' vertical with radials! Again, this is no ordinary antenna.
*red is 80M, blue 40M, etc.
HIGH EFFICIENCY = MUCH LOWER LOSSES + LOWER ANGLES = HIGHER PERFORMANCE!
These antennas offer you lower angles, lower loss, higher performance, further reach and a real DX confidence to make ham radio fun again on all bands! The larger 43’ vertical with radials has a hard time competing with even our smaller antennas. (You must see the data.)
OUR DX FLAGPOLES AND OCF VERTICAL DIPOLES ARE > 90% EFFICIENT, 80-6M
The OCF design, not requiring radials, enjoys its efficiency as the reason behind its high performance. Very Low loss, lower angles, and high-efficiency on every band due to the antenna system as a whole, floating above ground. For those looking for a no radial, small footprint, versatile antenna, not wanting to put up a tower, our antennas offer all bands on one vertical dipole antenna as a very smart option worthy of your consideration.