[amsat-bb] Re: Crushcraft A144-10T "VHF Twist" Antenna

Clayton Coleman kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Fri Oct 4 06:32:43 PDT 2013

Someone gave me an old but new-in-box version of the same antenna a few
years ago.  I did a shoot out between it and the three element Arrow.  I
used a ten degree AO-7 and a two degree VO-52 pass for comparison between
mode B satellites.

My tests showed the Cushcraft in RHCP did not perform better than the
Arrow.  In fixed horizontal configuration, I saw a slight improvement with
the Cushcraft.  In both antenna setups, I had the antennas fixed at the

This was a crude test and I didn't use any formal measurements in my

Overall I would not recommend this antenna for circular polarity satellite
use. For terrestrial vertical / horizontal operating I'm sure it's okay.

On Oct 3, 2013 9:38 PM, "Les Rayburn" <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:

> I just acquired a "new" in the-box, never assembled Crushcraft A144-10T
> "VHF Twist" antenna. It includes the cabling to allow the user to select
> left or right hand polarization. My questions are numerous:
> 1.) How is the performance on this antenna, compared to more modern
> designs?
> 2.) If I were going to install it inside my attic, should I chose left or
> right hand polarization?
> 3.) Any caveats or things to watch out for?
> Any information that could be provided would be great. I was thrilled when
> a friend stopped by and asked me if I'd be interested in the antenna. Good
> price too.
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