All Band Vertical (ABV) 9-bands (80m through 6m). This is EXACTLY the same kit as the Premium DX Commander All-Band-Vertical. Over time, I have morphed these products together so you can order either. You’ll get the same product
Max power rating 250W SSB, 100W Continuous (FT8 / RTTY)
- ALE Communications*
- SSB, CW, JT65 / JT8 & other Digital inc ALE
- DXpedition use
- Single-antenna Contests
- Survival and Preparedness use
- SOTA operators
- Portable or Holiday use
- Permanent fixture in back yard
NOTE: What is ALE?: Automatic link establishment (ALE) Compliant
Designed to work *without* any outboard ATU on 9-bands: 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m and 6m bands. Minor SWR adjustment possibly required on 30m and 17m bands. Your radio’s ATU function will easily cope with an extremely slight mis-match) All other bands better than 1.5:1 SWR.
This is a fast-deploy multi-band antenna utilising multiple quarter-waves on every band. 80m band is designed as an inverted L with a 19.5m long element which is near resonant on 30m band and also 17m band.
But you have a choice: You can either build your DX Commander ABV/ALE with the inverted L for 80m (and use 30m with an ATU), *or* dispense completely with the 80m element and build only for the 40m and upwards and incorporate the 30m element. If using the 80m element, you may find that 17m band can “drift” in tuning slightly but still under 2:1 SWR.
Works great on 80m though, so I recommend making this a 9-band antenna. If you make the 80m element slightly longer, say down at 3.60MHz (I cut mine at around 3.75MHz), you will find that 30m will come in to near-resonance and will give you a great far-field pattern too.
One user has dispensed with both the 80m & 30m element options and instead, fitted a 5Mhz (60m band) element as inverted L instead. Food for thought.
All parts included and full instruction manual supplied.
- DX Commander Pole
- Upgraded 120mm Radial Plate with SO239 and fly-lead
- Upgraded 150mm Radiating plate
- All stainless 6mm bolts and wing, nuts & washers
- Insulated 8mm thick Nylon Guy plate with paracord for guying
- Insulated 5mm thick Nylon Upper Spreader plate
- UV stable thin element tension cord and shock cord for element tension
- 3 x packs of 5 x UV stable insulated mini carabiners for connecting elements to the tension shock cord
- Stainless Hose-clips with rubber tubing stay-up kit for extra long-life vertical stability
- Glue-Lined heat-shrink to create loops at the top of each element for tension purposes
- 100m (320 feet) of complimentary antenna wire FOC with every order*
*FOC Antenna wire is ex-military 3-steel and 4-copper conductors in a nylon outer sheath and a further polythene protective covering. You will get 2 x 50m (325 feet) runs that are twisted together. These will need untwisting. Use a battery drill to untwist, tying off one end to a tree for first-use. Feel free to use your own antenna wire. One connoisseur has purchased military Kevlar element wire for his DX Commander. Expensive but very nice.
Cut your element sizing as per user guide found at:
Convert the remainder of the wire into radials. There is enough to make 20 x 3.5m radials. And you don’t need a complete circle of radials, you can place them in a 180 degree arc (for instance). Add more wire to increase efficiency slightly, although see my paper to improve your sanity:
The DX Commander vertical system is based on the same technique as a fan dipole. Effectively it has a number of elements presenting themselves to your load and they self-select to achieve efficient quarter-wave performance on all bands, according to which quarter-wave elements are installed.
The 15m band is catered for by means of automatically resonating the 40m antenna and uses what we have called a “boomerang” foldback match to achieve a pseudo 5/8ths for 15m band. No tuner is required and the far field patterns are excellent for DX.
The only thing you’ll need to supply yourself are some heavy-duty guy stakes.