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Old 02-19-2017, 5:53 PM
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Default CommScope discontinuing the DB201

Thought some of you may like to know this...

CommScope has posted on their website that on June 1st 2017 they are discontinuing their DB201-L, DB201-M, and DB201-N antennas, but still offering their DB201-P. There are several other antenna models in addition to the DB201's that they are going to discontinue on June 1st.

Doug

Being Discontinued:
DB201-L

DB201-M

DB201-N

Remains in production:
DB201-P

Additional antennas to be discontinued:
DB436-A

DB616E-BC

DB264-A

DB228-A

And there are several more to be discontinued in other frequency bands...
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Old 06-09-2018, 5:07 PM
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Hi Doug,
They were bound to discontinue these at some time. I was disappointed to see it. I am a big fan of the DB-201 antennas, especially the low-band models that can be easily adapted to 6 meters. I travel around a lot, and every time I see one on an old fire tower or pole with the coax rotting off, I ask if I can have it, and most of the time, I'm told "yes." I have a quite a collection of DB-201 antennas. Some I have cut for 2 meters and one for 220 MHz. Obviously the unity gain factor turns a lot of people off.. BUT.. consider this, a 20 foot long DB-224 only has 6.. SIX dB of gain over the DB-201.. that's not even an "S" unit on most ham rigs and certainly not worth the extra wind load. The DB-201 is essentially "fail proof" in that is has no joints to go bad and no phasing harness to break.. It's the best thing in the world to mount at a remote repeater spot where dependability and reliability is worth much more than a few extra dB of gain.

It will always be a favorite of mine.

73,
N4DBM.
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