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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2010
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Keep your money. This antenna does absolutely NOTHING. Tried it with a Tecsun PL-600 and a Sony on shortwave and the amateur bands. Both radios are able to pick up signals far better than with this antenna. I made sure it was charged and in working order. It does nothing besides pick up a lot of noise. Both radios work much better without it. No matter if I used with the telescopic or the ferrite plugins the experience was negative. A total waste of money. Made a much beter purchase getting a scanner antenna (Diamond all-band discone) from a ham shop. That one works great and costs about the same as this which is now a paper weight.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2008
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I live in SE Wisc. and listen to Chicago AM on Sangean ATS-909. On some stations,I get 1/2 bar signal strength without the Kaito ant.When I plug it in and turn it on, I get full signal strength.I haven't tried SW yet but will just to see how it works and some night time AM dxing. This item works very good. CONS: it only runs on batteries. It has two states; ON or CHARGING.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2009
I am still using this antenna for mostly the AM and Long wave bands, it worked very well with my Knight Kit Star Roamer, and it worked perfectly with a specially built tunable loop antenna element that I built myself. I expanded the ferrite rods to 10 inches and now it's working excellent on LW, but since this is summertime the spherics are getting louder until winter sets in. I once used this antenna to receive beacon EMR from Emory, GA (Augusta, GA to Virginia Beach, VA one winter). I like this antenna, that I need a new one with a working amplified element.

The performance on the Mediumwave (AM) band is very well performing, it can receive signals and null out the electrical interference. I may try to take it outside and DX with it instead of taking the tunable AM loop antenna with me since it has a solar panel. The ferrite element works together producing a 2 transistor circuit
that has gain for the loop element and gain for the receiver. The telescoping rod for HF is ok, it does not have much high gain since the telescoping rod the way it's designed for the amplifer is connected to the shielded connection of the amplifer to pick up HF signals. The downfall is that this active antenna needs a attenuator control at the switch to turn the RF gain up or down to reduce overloading especially when receiving nearby AM stations or Shortwave broadcasters. What I tried to fix that is a headphone volume control to reduce the gain on my KA-1103 from nearby AM stations. Another thing is when DXing LW there is no MW suppression switch to suppress the local AM station that are affecting the LW frequencies at 150 kHz to 300 kHz, but it seems to be doing well receiving beacon CLB from Carolina Beach on 216 kHz and other beacons so the loop element circuitry is doing ok with suppressing the nearby AM stations on LW. But it does not do a good job suppressing AM stations at 150 kHz to 200 kHz. The performance for LW could be better at 150 kHz to 300 khz in Europe since most MW stations do keep the transmitters on frequency than they do in North America. The ferrite coupler that came with it does well with most receivers, but not recommended if you're LW DXing if you live in North America and South America and the rest of the world. It does well performing on the AM bands at 300 kHz to 3 MHz. You can use the AC adapter with a 1/8 inch plug or the USB adapter from your netbook, laptop, or PC. The solar charger works only when you have it out in the sunlight with the controller cable plugged in and turned off. This is a great active antenna, and I will continue to use it for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
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the antenna is great makes getting al sort of channel very easy ,has the capabibity Ito help you pull in thoughs signs that you would not normal get with such a powerful device
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on September 1, 2012
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My personal experience with this antenna is that there is no substitute for even the most basic antenna. This works OK for what it is, but this is a too short antenna with a RF preamplifier. The 22 foot "reel" antenna that came with my Sangean SW radio performed better. This antenna is for a situation where there is absolutely no way you can get a simple wire antenna up. That's all I can say.
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on August 19, 2012
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Tried both versions (ferrite bar and whip) with several receivers, primarily on the AM band. Improvement in signals ranged from less than the radio's internal antenna to just perceptable. It was tried with 20 year old Radio Shack portables, and newer Grundig and C Crane portables. Better results were obrained with passive loops, like the Terk Advantage and AN-100/200 types.
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