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Antron A99 Antenna; Owners thoughts on reliability
Topic Started: Sunday, 15. April 2018, 16:32 (269 Views)
bicyclos
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Hi there
My homebase antenna (Gainmaster) has developed a 9" crack on the base section to which I am not surprised as all the local ops around where I live who have had a gainmaster have succumbed to failure on either of the sections. I have dismantled, cleaned and put it back in the box for repair at a later date. Unfortunately you cannot purchase the base section and I do not want to purchase the same antenna and have the same problem after 3 years.

I have been trolling the net for a replacement antenna and I am thinking about buying an Antron A99. I was wondering if any members on here who have purchased the antenna can give me their opinions and experience regards reliability, strengths and weaknesses. I have looked at a number of different antennae and the Antron seems to be what I would like to purchase next.

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I use a Vector 4000 now but i had my a99 approx 6 years and its been thru a couple of 80mph gusts here with no issues unlike my Vector 4000 which has been bent and taken down twice to straighten and a previous 1/2w gpa which bent double....

My a99 didnt bring in any noise here at my qth at 68m asl in open countryside and rx and tx just a little lower than my 7/8 w Vector but my a99 is varnished to stop crazing/cracking of the fibreglass and while tacky was wrapped with green (my preference) phase/electrical tape on each section allowing for each section to unscrew.I cant fault it and while my a99 is used for hill topping nowadays the plug and play ability are its strengths.

Some will be along to say they have had noise issues or they dont get out as well as other 1/2w but i can say mine has been a decent antenna and i would buy another and comparing it with a t2lt,gpa 1/2w it does just fine....


but i get zero noise on any antenna i use here so i guess i maybe lucky :thumbs:









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Hi Leon

The Antron 99 is totally bomb proof and works surprisingly well on a good number of bands

Will be around 1 S point down compared with your GM on groundwave and just a smidge more noise

Will work Dx about the same as a GM

All for a bargain price of 60 ish , what's not to like :thumb:


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An Imax might be a better choice, otherwise you are taking a step backwards in terms of performance.

Personally I think the A99 is very average.
Edited by Mudslinger, Sunday, 15. April 2018, 19:36.
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I had an A99 with no problems, but upgraded to a 30+ year old Shakespeare Army Big Stick.
Shakespeare made antennas for the all branches of military. Their antennas had to survive warzones and being on masts in battleships etc. Like I said, mine is over 30 years old and still in perfect condition. It's just a pity they're not being made any more.
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A99 as already said, bomb-proof.
If your looking for maximum stick it up and forget about it, then the A99 is the one.
If your looking for the same performance, as your gainmaster though, you should look at the iMax2000 (actually called the MAX2000 now).
It is almost as strong as the A99, but works on 15m perfectly without a tuner (it's a perfect half-wave on 15m), and covers the whole band.
Mine works as well as my old gainmaster on 11m, also no tuner needed until about 28.700, although it needs tuning on 12m, but does work v well on there too.
Needs tuning on 17m but works well, and some say it will tune on 20m too, but I use my wire on 20/40 .
A99 as far as I know, doesn't work on 15m.
The MAX2000 will be better than the A99 by 1 or 2 S points on both TX and RX, not amazing, but with weak stations it could mean the difference between having a QSO and not even hearing them (or them hearing you).....
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Better than average reviews can be found here



https://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1233



When I used my Antron on 17m it didn't need an ATU


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Cozzmik
Sunday, 15. April 2018, 17:38
I use a Vector 4000 now but i had my a99 approx 6 years and its been thru a couple of 80mph gusts here with no issues unlike my Vector 4000 which has been bent and taken down twice to straighten and a previous 1/2w gpa which bent double....

My a99 didnt bring in any noise here at my qth at 68m asl in open countryside and rx and tx just a little lower than my 7/8 w Vector but my a99 is varnished to stop crazing/cracking of the fibreglass and while tacky was wrapped with green (my preference) phase/electrical tape on each section allowing for each section to unscrew.I cant fault it and while my a99 is used for hill topping nowadays the plug and play ability are its strengths.

Some will be along to say they have had noise issues or they dont get out as well as other 1/2w but i can say mine has been a decent antenna and i would buy another and comparing it with a t2lt,gpa 1/2w it does just fine....


but i get zero noise on any antenna i use here so i guess i maybe lucky :thumbs:
Ill go with what sam has said, i use an A99 that was old when i got it for the nets every week and mostly at weekends, it seems to be bombproof. It gets taken down and put up at least once a week and then thrown back in the car with dogs and all. I dont get any noise when out static mobile and gave up taking the gainmaster because i never ever did see any signal meter difference comparing the two on groundwave contacts. The best i ever had was a slight lift on incoming radio reports. Homebase with noise might be a different matter. 100% T2Lt at home with noise myself. I do like the simplicity and where the max200 tunes buts its just a bit too long to keep in the car, or i think i would have one of those. My gainmaster is also cracked but then again from the the get go i could see it wasnt the right thing for static mobile. Will strip it and use it T2LT fashion when i can be bothered maybe.
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Nik Gnashers
Sunday, 15. April 2018, 20:48

A99 as far as I know, doesn't work on 15m.
The MAX2000 will be better than the A99 by 1 or 2 S points on both TX and RX, not amazing, but with weak stations it could mean the difference between having a QSO and not even hearing them (or them hearing you).....
Works fine on 15m thru the Yaesu and Kenwood radio inbuilt tuner infact also tunes on 20m via Kenwood inbuilt tuner..... i had a air choke just under the 30ft scaffold pole it was bolted to so while this may make no difference it certainly tunes ok...


I have used the a99 on a few freeband/ec freqs where it tuned fine on 21/16/14 metres and worked eu and states...... :thumbs:

Edited by Cozzmik, Monday, 16. April 2018, 09:10.









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The Antron isn't a bad antenna and I have one bought and used for a long time when I got back into radio but personally I'd advise you go for the IMAX 2000 over an Antron.

Mine has served me well for more than two years so far built like a battleship compared to a Gainmaster and goes up and down out portable twice a week and more without issue and as said above it works well on many bands. I was given a 5/8 Gainmaster last year and have tried it out on 11m in the same location using the same equipment on a number of occasions and to be fair I can see no difference in performance between Gainmaster and IMAX on 11m

The real difference/advantage with the IMAX is it works well on other bands as well. I've done some great DXing using the IMAX. I worked a guy in Chile on mine a few weeks ago on 15m and it tunes up on 17m well enough for me to work Venezuela on it last year. It also tunes up on 20m but I use an OCF Dipole for 20/40/80m so wouldn't know how efficiant it is that far down.

You should also be able to fiberglass repair your Gainmaster base section or as Richard suggested saw off the tube and run it up fishing pole like a T2LT to take out portable.

73, Tom.

(PS) Its awhile since Mr Craig bought an A99 cos the cheepest I can find one for is 80.00 on Ebay same seller does the MAX 2000 for 120. to be fair I think the IMAX is still better value over all.
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The Antron is the xr3i of twigs lol, every one moans and n groans about them but they work well, easy on the eye etc. Very versatile value for money antenna. Take some killing. :thumb:

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Many, many thanks for the replies and comments regarding the A99 antenna and an alternative to the above. I have mused over your comments, suggestions and experiences to which I am great full plus I had a good browse on youtube and eHam website and I decided to purchase an A99 antenna.

Previous to the GM I had a Thunderpole 5 antenna which I found it a half decent twig until it snapped on the top section and it didn't dominate the skyline. The GM was a bit in your face especially when cranked up on the telescopic mast and I used to have sleepless nights when there were very strong winds. I am also wanting to keep the peace with the neighbours as well so the size of the A99 is about 4 feet shorter than a 5/8 I believe and looks very similar to the Thunderpole 5 so it shouldn't look too dominating when in situ.

I can only see for myself now if the performance of the antenna is good, fair or bad! compared to what I have purchased in the past, plus all that I have read I feel quite positive with my purchase so far.

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Monday, 16. April 2018, 17:58
The Antron is the xr3i of twigs lol, every one moans and n groans about them but they work well, easy on the eye etc. Very versatile value for money antenna. Take some killing. :thumb:

LOL

The Antron/Solarcon 99 is like the 'Katie Price' of antenna's......

People moan about them, and they are not deadly ugly to look at, just a bit average. They can definitely take a lot of hammer, and will work in quite a few area's.

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I like it Nik lol :thumb:


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