The UrbanBeam on an AB-577 MIlitary Mast
Along with the KX-3, another “re-purchase” this year was the AB-577 Military Mast. I was a dummy for selling the first one. Getting the UrbanBeam up to 65′ from 34-ish feet makes all the difference, and the UrbanBeam is lightweight compared to the massive N6BT DXU-32 that I used to have. The UrbanBeam is 48 pounds – the DXU was almost twice that. The AB-577 held either of these antennas, although in retrospect, I think I was crazy to put that monster antenna on the AB-577. With the UrbanBeam I feel I have a much bigger “safety margin” – which is very important to me.
The N6BT DXU-32 was hands down the best antenna I have ever had, but that was 2016 and before and this is 2019. Time marches on, and I am in a completely different place than I was when I cared about the ARRL DXCC program.
The Diamond W-735 trapped dipole
This is a real surprise antenna. Generally I hate inverted vee’s – but for 75M nets, and even as a backup on 40M to the UrbanBeam, this antenna has me covered. It is very well built – and much nicer than the Alpha Delta versions of the same thing. Having one antenna mast and two antennas that do it all – from 80 – 6M is the “Holy Grail” I have been searching for for years.
End Fed “Spy Antenna”
Balun Designs 4:1 QRP UNUN
At “Grandma’s House” (nudge nudge, wink wink), I used this super stealthy End Fed antenna. It is no DX antenna, but for goofing around on 75 and 40M, it was a lot more fun than I had imagined. The KX-3 loved the Balun Designs unun – and its ATU matched the antenna with ease. It made me love this silly antenna and especially the ATU in the KX-3.
The funniest thing is that two of these antennas would have been “strictly verboten” when I was a DXCC Snob. I’m glad my blinders are off – and that I can see things in the “relative position” that they are. It feels good to consider things I previously would have shunned. Its good for the soul me thinks – heh heh.