|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||78.7 x 2.8 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||A-99|
|Manufacturer Part Number||A-99|
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Solarcon A-99 CB Base Station Antenna
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- SOLARCON A-99 17.5' Omni-Directional Fiberglass Base Station CB Antenna.
- Handles 200 Watts PEP
- For 10M-12M Amateur Use too.
- Requires Optional Mounting mast & Optional coaxial cable.
- Tuneable for lowest SWR reading.
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Solarcon A-99 is the highest gain fiberglass antenna on the market. Works with GPK-1 ground plane. This high power antenna handles 2000 watts of power, and is insulated up to 14,500 volts. Can be used for export, commerical and 10 meter ham. And with the heavy duty mounting plate, this base station antenna can withstand greater wind loads.
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I 've been a shortwave listener since the late 70's. I've used a number of radios/receivers and am currently using an ICOM 751A Transceiver and a new Grundig Satellite 750. I also am using a Galaxy DX 959 mobile CB with SSB for my base. I want to be clear that I am writing this review primarily to talk about the A-99's performance on shortwave.....I realize that most people will not be purchasing it for that, but it's a huge bonus to have an antenna that not only works well with CB (which it does) but also with shortwave.
I am really sort of puzzled at the negative reviews with this antenna from writers who say that it is simply a CB antenna and nothing more. I do not work for, and I am not affiliated with Amazon or Solarcon. I work at a Child Abuse Intervention Center in Oregon and have nothing to gain by writing this review. I simply want to speak the truth about my experiences with the A-99. Those who say it does not work with ham or shortwave are simply not accurate. Either they are not using the antenna correctly, or they are not giving the antenna a fair shake. I want to be crystal clear......the A-99 works wonderfully from 25 meters down to 11 (CB bands). I am pulling in stations that I have not heard for a long time from all over the world. I live on the Oregon coast, so much of my late night/ early morning activity is from Asia and Europe and Australia. But the majority of stations that I am receiving are clear and audible. The A-99 has also functioned well for me on 31 meters and 49 meters, but not quite as well as the aforementioned bands.
I live in a community that has HOA's so I am limited on what I can do as far as the bylaws are concerned. I'm not allowed to mount an antenna of this type on the roof, etc. I mounted the antenna onto a hardwood wooden dowel. I attached the dowel onto a metal stake that you would use to prop small trees up......and then I placed it into a metal garbage can filled to the brim with dirt and sand. It makes for a stable platform and since we get a lot of wind at times on the coast, I wanted to make sure it would handle that. The A-99 is at the back of my house and not visible from the road. It's about four to five feet above the roof peak, and about 40 feet into the air overall. That was the best I could do for height, but I am very pleased with the results. I have not had much opportunity to work CB skip yet; I've only had the antenna for about five days, but again.....I'm mainly writing this to make it clear that it will handle shortwave frequencies.
I'm studying for my ham license and I plan to make this antenna my primary source of signal. I use it in conjunction with a MFJ -95E mobile tuner and it works well. I recognize that there are better antennas for shortwave listening. But my point is this.....if you are looking for an antenna that works on both CB and SW/Ham.....I'm not kidding.....you should give the Solarcon A-99 a good look. I'm super happy with my antenna and the very pleasant surprise that it has provided. I gave it five stars simply because it's so much more than "just a CB antenna".
Coos Bay, Oregon
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