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darticus

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Got a Big Stick but its not working. It has a very high SWR(4). Is there a way to test the antenna. NO connection at the base of the antenna at the coax connector from ground of connector to center pin. is this the way it should be. Is there a way to fix it. Is there a way to get inside the antenna? What readings should I get from treads to center pin of antenna? How else should it tested? Any info would be great! Thanks Ron
 

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Is it one of the old big sticks or one of the new marine ones?
 

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Is it one of the old big sticks or one of the new marine ones?
I took the Big Stick down to do some checking. There is no connection from the screw on the plug section to the center pin. I guess this is good! I checked the screw connection to the metal joint in between the two main sections and it is connected to the screw section which is a ground. Which means the top section screws into the ground section. I don't think this is good. I think the top section should go into the bottom but connect to the center pin but NG. Any thought before I cut into the lower section more. Thanks Ron
 

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I would start with something simple first,like the coax connection part.Which I think on that antenna is a SO-239,is it lose? You said it was a old one,is it a army big stick? Is it in good shape?
 
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Do yourself a favor dump the old beat up antenna [30+ years is too old] get a good Antron 99 and you'll be fine.
 

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Hello Ron: If possible try another older Shakespeare base assembly, they have been know to go bad for what ever reason. I never wanted to saw one open to have all there as the massive fiberglass dust it would generate.

Please let us know what you find if you can fix the Sharespeare Fiberglass Antenna.

Thanks

Jay in the Great Mojave Desert, .... just down the road ah ways from the fillin station


Its an old one 1977. will chech the coax connector on the antenna. Ron
 

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I know this is a few years late but a Big Stick will read around 10,000 ohms on a Digital Multimeter. I have one that reads 10,600 ohms and has a vswr of 1:1.5 on the 11 meter band.

73 John, N1WOM
 
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