[amsat-bb] Antenna suggestions
wageners at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 12:25:08 UTC 2014
I am sorry to hear about your experience with M2. On the other hand, we
have dealt with them over the last two years for satellite antennas and can
report the hardware is good, it fits and instructions when followed allow
even non-hams to built a quality system. Customer support was outstanding
and quick. I am planning on purchasing the next set of satellite antennas
from them in the next few weeks and will continue to share my positive
experience about them.
On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM, Lizeth Norman <normanlizeth at gmail.com>
> If you're buying anything from M2 expect poor customer service and a
> bad build. I have more to do tonight than list the screwups those
> people have done. They actually charged my credit card and THEN 2.5
> months later (after finishing another manufacturing cycle) shipped the
> product (upgrade kit for a KLM kt-34a)!!! Not to mention having to use
> a dremel on the "CNC" hardware. The UHF antennas use a cheap white
> plastic insulator that cracks, allowing water ingress. Remember the
> $200 circularity switch that you need to buy? Junk after 7 years.
> See here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/n3ykf/11312549334/
> Considering what these people charge, I'd expect teflon.
> Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I purchased another antenna from
> this bunch of rejects (These bozos actually had the balls to cancel
> two credit card orders for parts!). It was cheaper than ordering one
> from Europe. I guess at $800, lasting 7 years, it's just over $100 a
> year to use this, then throw it away.
> The antenna has 21 pair of elements. 14 pair (!!!!!!) were miscut. 13
> by 1/16 and one by an 1/8. (I took pictures because I care!!!) That's
> a real problem where the elements of the antenna are 1/16 th of an
> inch different (most). Took me almost two hours to verify what they'd
> done and decide that regardless of what screwups they'd made, it was
> going together.
> Seems to work. I've no way to test it other than swr and on air usage.
> Take care to read the Gulf Alpha page. Last I looked, the satellite
> antennas were out of production and he was reserving parts/service for
> original owners, only.
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM, Dave Webb KB1PVH <kb1pvh at gmail.com>
> > Keith,
> > I'm not sure if Gulf Alpha is still making the satellite antennas. He had
> > something on his website saying that he wasn't going to build them and
> > if he was to build them, you will wait a minimum of 4 months regardless
> > what timeframe he tells you.
> > Dave-KB1PVH
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