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Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by RodinKy » Sunday, 15 January 2017, 16:20 PM

Neighbor just gave me a bunch of junk mobile and other misc cb stuff, included was a Solarcon base antenna, there's no model number on it and it's approximately 24 ft long, from the condition of the fiberglass it is several years old, it comes in three sections, anyone have a guess which model it could be?


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Re: Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by Radar-DLDN » Sunday, 15 January 2017, 19:52 PM

Sounds like an Imax 2000, the same one I have. It is a decent antenna. Only thing to be aware of is it really flexes in the wind. Not dangerous to it, mine has held up for 5 years now, but it's disconcerting when you first see it in a stiff wind.

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Re: Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by pabxone » Sunday, 15 January 2017, 23:44 PM

Have a look at these 2 articles and see if it's the same antenna - (it will be a Imax 2000 as my guess also)

http://www.k3dav.com/solarconimax2000antenna.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://tore.aasli.no/amateur_radio/cb-a ... /index.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by RodinKy » Monday, 16 January 2017, 4:13 AM

Thanks for the reply. I went out and remeasured it, three six foot sections so I'm now thinking it is an A99. Do these go bad or do they last until they fall apart?

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Re: Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by Bombero » Monday, 16 January 2017, 8:14 AM

Hey Rod...

I have a Bandit (A99 clone) that I've had up on my roof for 11 years.

The fiberglass has started to shed....I repainted it with Fusion and then covered it in white electrical tape.

It still works and most of 11M contacts are made with this antenna.

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Re: Unknown Solarcon antenna

Post by 231 » Monday, 16 January 2017, 13:25 PM

RodinKy wrote:Thanks for the reply. I went out and remeasured it, three six foot sections so I'm now thinking it is an A99. Do these go bad or do they last until they fall apart?
I was going to say, "24 ft?" Not even the Imax is that long. Sounds like an A99 @ 18' overall length.

They hold up pretty well actually...But yes, corrosion will get them sooner or later if the weather doesn't. You'll need to just set it up and try it. Be advised though it's an end fed dipole antenna which means it uses the coax as the counterpoise...so be sure to use decent RG-8x or better feed line. Also a 10' support mast minimum would be wise...even for testing purposes. If it's missing the u-clamps you can use pretty much any like from Home Depot and double them up with a couple of hose clamps as secondary support. The bottom metal is the attachment point. Clean up the SO-239 connection (both shield & center connector) and giver her a try...you might be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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