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From: Larry Beaver W0AZC
When my rotor crashed on my Cushcraft A-3 beam I had to have some tree trimming done to lower the antenna on my tilt down tower. At 84 years of age I figured that it was time to put up a vertical multiband antenna. After discussions with Leon Hummel,the manager of the Portland,OR HRO, I settled on the Cushcraft R-8 vertical. I cleared out my garage and set up four eight foot tables and started the assembly. The directions were really detailed and clear in almost all areas; but there were a few areas which caused some difficulties. I contacted Tom Stone of MFJ/Cushcraft who quickly resoponded. Later in final assy I was missing a tunning rod which Tom quickly sent. Happy days the final assembly went quick and I had it up on my tilt up tower and the upper tip of the antenna is at about 50 feet high. My rig is a Kenwood TS-30 and I'm using a AT-11MP auto tunner which is doing a great job matching the rig to the antenna. I have had a good match with acceptable SWR on all the bands 40,20,17,15,12,and 10 meters. My TS-430 does not have 6 meters. My first contact was on 15 meters to Alaska with a signal report of 5 by 5. Among other contacts my favorite was 15 meters UR3HC in the Ukraine with a 5 by 7. I'm very pleased with the antenna. If you get one check all the parts carefully, follow the directions, and call Tom Stone if you have any problems. Happy DX and 73's. Larry W0AZC

From: Roger Smith 2E1UTD
I Have had a R8 since 2002 having only a small garden I am restricted to a vertical, what can I say but it's a fantastic antenna! Using My Kenwood TS2000 I have made contact to over 200 countries. My advice to anyone who is interested in an R8 is to get the Guy Kit ( R-8GK ) as I have had mine break twice on the BASE section, apart from that not a bad thing can be said.

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