Great in Vertical Configuration
I got the TAK-tenna 40 around the end of February and had
just gotten out of a surgery so while recuperating I put it together.
I wanted to put it at 32 feet on the tower, but was told no way to going up the
tower by the doctor and the house boss (wife).
So, after talking with Randy, KB4QQJ, that he had used his as a vertical,
I decided to hang the TAK off the side of the tower with a wooden pole and string.
I put it at 3 feet 1 inch from the sod ground and then resonated it at 7.125.
The antenna is only 7 feet from the house on the east side and 10 feet
from the house on the north side.
There is a 6 foot concrete block
wall to the west about 8 feet and a large tree to the south,
so the antenna is snuggly placed in the side yard surrounded by wall and house, etc.
I am using the TAK with my FT-920 and the internal tuner easily handles
the TAK from 7010 to 7250 with the center freq at 7.125.
If I want to get precise, I can and have used the Palstar 1500CV.
I have concentrated on 40 meters, but one time tuned it up on 80 and
contact with 3 stations in CA, WA and TX.
The WA station was right on the Canadian border and said that I was
about 52, but no problem copying. I took that as a good report for 80.
My second contact on 40 was KH7XS with a report of 579.
I have also worked into the Caribbean on CW a number of times with good reports.
My prize contact has been TX5C the DXpedition on the Clipperton Aton in the Pacific!
I first worked them on LSB but never showed up in the online log.
Two days later, I found them on the CW part of the band and after
listening for an opening in the pileup,
I got them on FIRST CALL with the TAK40 !
A few days later I did show up on their online log so I can brag about that one.
I copied the log and emailed it to Steve to confirm what I had done.
My opinion of the antenna is that it is definitely NOT a
ďmake do if you canít get anything elseĒ antenna.
It can hold itís own with my full size dipole at 32 feet.
Sometimes itís an S unit lower on receive and sometimes itís not.
I attribute any difference between the two to the bad Las Vegas soil
under the Vertical along with the confined location where I have it between houses.
I would say for those in Home Owner Associations that your prayers have been answered.
It would be easy to build a PVC stand for it to sit it in the backyard and be on the
air full scale without limitations.
Plant flowers around it and call it a modern landscape ornament.
It would probably win a garden club award, but one would be on the air with
nobody the wiser.
I give the antenna a 5 plus and would give it a 10 if that were the scale.
Great antenna Steve. I have a lot of experimenting yet to do with the antenna,
but for now I can say Iím extremely pleased with it.