This listing is for the Classic version of the DX Commander vertical antenna.
This comes as a KIT. See user guide here:
Ideally suited to Christmas Presents, Birthday Presents and for those people who need a “plug-and-play” approach to their operating with a small amount of prep and QRO if required.
NEW! Now with 1500W CW / RTTY tested UHMWPE components and the new DX10 antenna wire.
This is EXACTLY the same kit as the 80m / ALE product but with 100m of wire, not 200m wire.
This Premium version includes everything you need to build my All-Band-Vertical including new Aluminium 1050 spec ground and driven plates.
NOTE: Now shipping with the new flexible DX10 antenna wire, made for DX Commander in the UK to a military specification.
All new plastic UHMWPE plates have new hole pattern for either 3, 4 or 6 equi-distance spaced elements.
- DX Commander Pole (of course)!
- 8 x Stainless hose clamps
- 80 cms 8mm id tubing
- 10 cms glue lined shrink-wrap (for creating the little end loops for fast take-down)
- Upgraded Ground plate with SO239 and flying lead
- Upgraded (150mm) Driven Radiating Plate
- 8mm nylon guy plate (NEW! Up from 6mm and also in UHMWPE)
- 5mm Mid Spreader (optional: connect your 10m and 12m elements here)
- 5mm Upper Spreader (NEW! Up from 3mm)
- 6mm Double-Eye (NEW! Connects 30m and 40m elements. See YouTube videos) Last picture in Gallery but in “natural” inert UHMWPE material
- Stainless nuts, bolts and washers with heavy fork connectors for 6 elements and 9 radial connectors (multiple radials per connector)
- 1m black shock cord
- UV stable Carabiner systems for element
- 4mm heavy duty guy line for connecting shock cord to upper spreader
- 10m 550 Paracord for guying your mast and making up element extensions with the shock-cord
The DX Commander vertical system is based on the same technique as a fan dipole. Effectively a number of elements present themselves to your load and self-select and achieve efficient quarter-wave performance on all bands, according to which quarter-wave elements are installed.
I run one of these myself and run 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 12m and 10m elements. The 15m band is also catered for by means of resonating the 40m antenna and uses what we have called a “boomerang” foldback to achieve a pseudo 5/8ths for 15m band. No tuner is required and the far field patterns are excellent for DX.
In fact, I even broke the all-time IOTA contest score for a UK 12-hour, low power station. I removed the 30m elements and instead added 80m. Amazing
If you don’t fancy making up the 10m and 12m elements, just click in your ATU on your radio since without appropriate quarter wave elements, you will find the SWR is only about 3:1. Quite reasonable. It will also tune on 6m too.
Ideal for deploying this antenna for /P and holidays. I even run one in my garden without any ATU via an amplifier. Having an SWR below 1.5:1 means that even transistor amplifiers are happy.
Here are some example QSO recordings using this antenna:
Radials: There is much written about the topic of radials. The bottom line is that the difference between around 15 radials and 120 radials is negligible. Further, more and shorter radials are better than fewer and longer radials.
Surf to YouTube and watch my film, “how many radials do I need”. That should satisfy the most scientific of you
You will need to invest in a relaxed “build day” to make your first build and solder your connectors on and measure out your element lengths to make sure the antenna is repeatable so that in future, you can erect within 20 minutes and pack away in a similar time. Tip: Tape the ends of the radials together when you pack away so they unravel fast in a single line without tangles.
The only thing you’ll need to supply yourself are some guy stakes. Heavy Duty camping stakes are fine. I also sell them here in the shop.
Suggest you check out the “what’s in the bag” film: https://youtu.be/3dULHHmyKYE
There’s quite a following of DX Commander users out there, so join in and enjoy having a truly efficient multiband antenna. And don’t worry if you break it in a school-boy accident (walking on it, driving over it etc), I do replacement warranty poles for 66% of eBay’s price (inc shipping price). Of course a manufacturing error or fault is a different matter.
My latest Hints and Tips build tricks found here: https://youtu.be/JX-weSomX3g
Buy with confidence. My ebay rating is 100% (for instance) and I’m proud of that so if anything isn’t up to scratch, I’ll “do the right thing” and fix it for you. This is a hobby business with low margins, but I thoroughly enjoy making this gear and testing it out so that you get a great experience – and I get exactly the gear I want in the process.
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