Monthly Archives: September 2016

W4KGH end fed matchbox antenna overcomes poor site conditions

IMG_0856There’s no substitute for a real-life experience when it comes to a product testimonial, especially with ham radio antenna reviews. My multiband end fed antenna, a matchbox antenna based on the EARCHI (sometimes called EARC) antenna plans, is a great performer. I regularly hear from customers about how well it is working for them. If you are at all skeptical over what you are about to read, let me tell you up front that I do not offer anything in exchange for my customers’ feedback: The testimonials and reviews I receive are unsolicited. They are also published only with my customers’ permission which allows me to reveal their full names and call signs.

A recent customer asked me to expedite shipment so he could receive the antenna prior to heading out on a camping trip. I did so, and he received it on time (I do pride myself on providing the best customer service in our hobby). Here is his report on using the product during his expedition:

Ken,

Just a quick note regarding the end fed antenna I ordered recently and took on my camping trip.

My location on the St. Lawrence River was in a shallow depression with solid granite rock rising about 12 to 100 feet all around me – NOT a great location to say the least.  Using just a small stone, I was able to get the end of the end fed wire up about 15 ft onto a tree branch, most of the antenna was only about 8 feet off the ground – lol!

The antenna loads up beautifully using my Yaesu FT-897 and associated LDG-100 tuner.  Flat VSWR!

I was able to run the radio at 100 watts and even though I was sandwiched in between solid granite rock and had power line noise that was pretty steady around S7, I did manage to work Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic as well as stateside stations!  I was happy!  I was able to keep my ham urges satisfied which was the goal.  My next camping trip is coming up in a couple weeks, the only thing I have to work on is getting an extension pole of some sort maybe that will reach 15 to 20 feet in order to get the antenna up a bit further.  BUT, the antenna does as I wanted it to, so I’m a “happy camper”!  It’ll be going with me to Florida also for my 2 month jaunt down there in late winter.

73 and thanks too again for the nice pen!

Gary Sroka
KQ2N
Utica, NY

This is the kind of testimonial that keeps this ham interested in making top quality products. And while you can find similar products out there by various other companies, you won’t find anyone with the passion and dedication to stellar customer service that I have.

Buy from me!

73, de Ken W4KGH