Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Falcon out 250B

Life is full of compromises. So are antennas. My new antenna will not much better than my extended Miracle Whip, only the last one has horizontal polarization because my wire act like a vertical with counterpoises. The new vertical (Falcon Out 250 B) is better for low angle DX. The wire hangs in front of the house, and is very stealth. The 7,13 meter vertical will be placed at the back of the house because the local administration needs a building permit if the antenna is longer than 5 meters. At the back it’s also stealth and neighbors won’t be disturbed. The Falcon looks like the Comet CHA250B as Adam M6RDP said earlier. I don’t know if it is the same. Looking at pictures they are similar. The Comet is made from aluminum and the Falcon from fiberglass? I put the antenna on a pole 15 ft above ground. Not very high and I read that they suggested for the Comet 30 ft up. For me it’s too high and can give problems with stormy weather along the coast here. And neighbors can see the antenna from the street. But the antenna at the back will not have many obstacles. I read on Eham reviews of the Comet that more radio amateurs placed the antenna at approx. 15 ft. Some radio amateurs even at ground level. Reviews at Eham of the Comet are 3.5 out of 5. Most of them give a 4 or 5 and a few give a Ø. There is often a big difference in judgment. Why? I don’t know really. I’ll give it a try.

I was an early riser this morning so I tried 80 meters, because on 40 meter was nothing yet. With PSK31 I worked OK1DIB Adolf from Tyn, Czech Republic. We have worked before. With PSK63 I worked OE6BMG Fred from Zeltweg, Austria. On 30 meter F1EUS Jean from France (Provence) France with PSK31. On 20 meter EH1FGM from Spain with CW. My Miracle Whip and Wire doing a great job so far. I hope the vertical will not disappoint me.

14 comments:

  1. I hope you won't be disappointed either, Paul. There's a law of antennas that says you can have any two out of short, efficient and broadband, but never all three. The 250B is short and broadband...

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  2. Morning Paul,

    Condx are great between the Netherlands and the UK this morning. Yep, good luck with the antenna. My MP1 performs SUPERBLY and, as you know, is considerably shorter. So I am hopeful you will get good results. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and will look out for your reviews. I am particularly interested, as I said before, in the low angle radiation. Perhaps you will find QSOs with the UK a problem, but The Middle East and Brazil will be a walkover!!!

    73 Adam

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  3. Hello Julian, yes I know, but I defy physical laws, successfully. ;-) I know a Dutch amateur PA2RUS who has the same antenna and it works satisfactory. Lower bands could be difficult, but it seems to be possible with the use of an antenna tuner. 73 Paul

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  4. Hello Adam, I keep my wire for UK if conditions are better. Indeed 80 meter was perfect this morning, also 30 meter. I didn't try 40 meter. And what about the antenna: I also keep my fingers crossed. 73 Paul

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  5. BTW Paul, you mentioned about using 10W with your "new transceiver". Are you planning on getting a second radio for your shack? Perhaps Father Christmas will bring you one on 25th!!!! 73 Adam

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  6. Hello Adam, yes I planned a second radio for the shack. I prefer the Icom IC 703 but is nio longer available. Then I thought about the IC 718, then I ordered an Alinco DX-77E but a day later a realized that the rig had no VOX, so I cancelled the order. I was reading a lot of previews about all kind of rigs. Now I decided that it will be the FT-450. I like Yaesu equipment. And both radios: IC 718 and FT-450 got a 4.6 out 5 at Eham. But the FT-450 has a good DSP and 500 Hz CW filter and 6 meter. So it will be the FT-450 for me. Have a nice evening, 73 Paul

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  7. Anonymous12/09/2009

    Hi Paul,
    I have an FT-450AT which I have been using for several months now, and I am very happy. It suited my budget, and has the performance I need. A friend at the local radio club also has one. On air reports have been good. Also, I live in a location where the noise floor can be quite bad, but the FT-450 is a pleasure to use, and I hear signals that I just couldn't pull out using the FT-817 or even the FT-1000 I also used for a while. The filters work well, and the notch is amazing to use. Make sure you have the latest firmware, and I recomend the Yahoo! group "Yaesu FT-450", http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Yaesu_FT-450/ They are a friendly and helpful bunch, and there a some useful resources there as well. I operate digital modes quite often, and I am this very familiar with using the radio in thes modes. If you have any trouble, please feel free to ask. The narrow SSB transmit passband sometimes catches people out :-)

    73 de Andre', M0JEK

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  8. Hello Andre, thanks for sharing your good experiences with the FT-450 and the link of the Yahoo Group. I certainly will take a look there. Yes, the receiver capabilities have convinced me that I ordered this radio. I like also the 'old fashion' com port at the back of the rig. Thanks for your comment. 73 Paul

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  9. Congratulations on your recent FT-450 purchase. As you said, there are negative and positive reviews of the 450 and 718. Brand loyality is also a factor. My Yaesu FT-817 has operated flawlessly for some years so I might have gone for the 450. But the price was so right for the second-hand 718 that it was an offer I couldn't refuse. I read somewhere that the 718 design was similiar to an Icom marine transceiver. That might make it a positive when thinking durability.

    But who knows.

    When you have an itch, scratch it. Enjoy the new rig.

    73 Dick

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  10. Hello Dick, Indeed, a good offer must not be refused. I can obtain the FT-450 for a reasonable price because the ham shop exist 25 years, so they have an action till January 1st. Both radio's are quite similar and with a good quality. 73 Paul

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  11. Ah, so it is the Yaesu FT450. I am very excited to hear more from you about your experiences with it. I shall have a look online to try and find out more about it. God luck. It is VERY exciting having new equipment to test and blog about! 73 Adam

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  12. Paul, sorry to trouble you again but as soon as I saw the picture on the internet I remembered the FT450. This was on my final choice radio list before I eventually chose the Icom 703. It looks a fantastic radio and, unlike my 703, it has IF DSP not just AF DSP. Very, very exciting. Very modern-looking radio with cutting-edge technology .I liked the comment from Andre about it being able to handle high noise floors well.

    THE VERY VERY BEST OF LUCK WITH IT. HOPE YOU CAN SUPPLY AS WITH A PICTURE AND REVIEW.......!!

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  13. Hello Adam, the IC 703 was my first choice, but... gone. I read a lot about the good receiver capabilities. And I am glad I can come out on the Magic band 6 meter. 73 Paul

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  14. Hello frm Frankfurt,
    I was looking for some hams who have experiences with the Falcon Out-250. I am very interested in this antenna. Because of my conditions I must have a vertical. For many years I have worked with a Solarcon A99 (CB-Antenna) on 14-30Mhz with very much success (VK!) but now I am also interested on lower bands. I exactly know that I must not expect wonders on lower bands but I think Europe must be possible with the Falcon-Antenna (?). Can you tell me some experiences to this antenna. How are your experiences on lower and on upper Bands? Thank you very much......if you like you can also send me an Email to dg5fff@darc.de
    73 de Klaus

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