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Tuning an Antron 99

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Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Dreven » Sunday, 02 May 2010, 18:25 PM

Is anyone familiar with how to tune the Antron 99 .


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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Double D » Sunday, 02 May 2010, 19:31 PM

You really shouldn't have to tune it but if you find that you need to just pick a channel and turn the rings together until you get the lowest SWR.
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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Dreven » Sunday, 02 May 2010, 20:30 PM

Ok any idea which way the rings need to go to shorten the antenna , my swr is higher on 40 thann on 1

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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Double D » Sunday, 02 May 2010, 20:35 PM

Try them at the top first and if that isn't suitable then move them to the bottom.
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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Dreven » Monday, 03 May 2010, 9:18 AM

1.7 on channel 1 , 1.9 on channel 20 , 2.0 on channel 40 . Thats with the rings all the way up , all the way down had the swr on 40 at 3.0 . May wind up having to cut some off the steel whip thats on top.


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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by Double D » Monday, 03 May 2010, 12:02 PM

With the results that you have I think you need to try a different location for that 99. :icon_e_surprised:
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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by RCII » Tuesday, 04 May 2010, 7:45 AM

I just bought one and spent yesterday afternoon adjusting the tuning. Mounted in a temporary location with the base 15' off the ground fed with 20' RG-58, I moved the rings around quite a bit and settled with them set between 6 and 7 threads showing from the top. I was not able to get the VSWR down as low as I'd have liked, but it may be a bit different in it's permanent position anyway. This seems to be a good compromise setting though I''ll have to trim it some to get it where I'd like on 10 meters. Looking at my notes, here what I have with it set here:

VSWR 1- 1.3
40- 1.6

50 Ohms at 26.664

2:1 VSWR bandwidth: 21.152 - 27.694.

Adjusting them all the way to the top was considerably worse (1.7-1.8 across all 40 channels), and going lower than 7 turns showing was about the same on 27 MHz.

15-10 meters would be nice to have, but this antenna (at least at the test location) just isn't going to do that. I figure 15/12/11 isn't bad so I'll leave it at this for now.

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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by RCII » Saturday, 08 May 2010, 16:26 PM

Well it turns out the tuning was quite a bit different when it was raised to 35' and fed with 100' of RG213. The resonant point was nearly 1 MHz lower. I just cranked the rings up 3 turns and raised it back up and the VSWR is below 1.4:1 across the entire CB band. The 2:1 point us now around 21.385, so I've lost part of 15 without a tuner, but I now have below 2:1 up to 28.185, so there is that.

So it looks to me as though the ring adjustment made a more noticeable difference at the greater height, as well as the resonant frequency being lower than at 15 feet.

Interesting.


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Re: Tuning an Antron 99

Post by North Texas Mudduck » Saturday, 08 May 2010, 19:32 PM

Dreven wrote:1.7 on channel 1 , 1.9 on channel 20 , 2.0 on channel 40 . Thats with the rings all the way up , all the way down had the swr on 40 at 3.0 . May wind up having to cut some off the steel whip thats on top.
and why is there a steel whip on top
im now guessing someone just screwed it on top without cutting it down to tune in?
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