|Customer Reviews for the D-3W.|
|From: Lars Sostrand la5cba|
|My dipole has been up for some twenty years,and still Works great.|
One downside hovewer,all plastic-cups on the traps have fallen off.
Apparently,better quality plastic could be used.
|From: Steve Sussman-Fort AB2EW|
|My D3W has been up for about 6 years, although I generally take it down for routine maintenance every 2 years. The performance of this antennas is excellent. I do not use a rotator; I point it NE/SW from my Long Island, NY location, and with 100 watts I easily work Europe and most of the US with this orientation. My antenna is mounted on a 20-foot aluminum telescoping pole secured to the middle of my roof (20' up at the peak on a ranch-style house). The antenna is light, at 11 lbs., and I use a single set of 3 dacron-rope guys on the aluminum pole. The entire mounting arrangement is quite easy to handle all by myself.|
A few suggestions to keep the antenna working well: (1) Use some of that stretchable silicon tape to seal the end-caps of the traps to prevent water intrusion. You can use "Water-Shed" tape from qsradio.com or a similar product. I used the silicon tape you can get at Home Depot; it's ever so slightly thinner than the Water-Shed product, but it still works great. Coax seal would also work well. (2) When mounting the traps, make sure the drain "weep" holes point down, so any accumulated moisture can escape. (3) In the documentation I have, there is a dimension given for the length of one section of the antenna which reads: 98" (2.44m). Well, 2.44m translates to 96 inches, not 98 inches. By experiment I determined that the correct dimension is 96 inches! This two-inch discrepancy will make a small but noticeable difference in SWR.
Hope my comments help. - 73, Steve
A50-5S6-M, YAGI, 5 ELE, 10.5DBI, 1KW$199.95
A270-6SBeam,Dualband,3el + 3el 2m,70cm,7.8,7.8,one boom$129.95