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What about the Moseley TA-33-JR-NW?

The Mosley TA-33-JR isn't really a mini beam. It's about 5 feet wider than a Hexbeam and about 3 (actually nearer 4) times as heavy.
What kind of mast or tower do you have?
The Hex offers more bands, gain on 17/12m, is smaller, lighter and probably cheaper too.


I'm planning on getting a 12 metre, aluminium, freestanding from mm0cug

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MM6RLL wrote:
MM0TFU wrote:
MM6RLL wrote:
What about the Moseley TA-33-JR-NW?

The Mosley TA-33-JR isn't really a mini beam. It's about 5 feet wider than a Hexbeam and about 3 (actually nearer 4) times as heavy.
What kind of mast or tower do you have?
The Hex offers more bands, gain on 17/12m, is smaller, lighter and probably cheaper too.


I'm planning on getting a 12 metre, aluminium, freestanding from mm0cug

I had a look on the Mosley website and I now see the antenna you were referring to. It's actually only slightly heavier than the Hex beam, so shouldn't be a issue on the mast you are looking at. Mosley make good, strong antennas which are built to last, but that model isn't what I would call a 'mini beam'.
If it was me, I'd go for the Hex.


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MM0TFU wrote:
MM6RLL wrote:
MM0TFU wrote:
MM6RLL wrote:
What about the Moseley TA-33-JR-NW?

The Mosley TA-33-JR isn't really a mini beam. It's about 5 feet wider than a Hexbeam and about 3 (actually nearer 4) times as heavy.
What kind of mast or tower do you have?
The Hex offers more bands, gain on 17/12m, is smaller, lighter and probably cheaper too.


I'm planning on getting a 12 metre, aluminium, freestanding from mm0cug

I had a look on the Mosley website and I now see the antenna you were referring to. It's actually only slightly heavier than the Hex beam, so shouldn't be a issue on the mast you are looking at. Mosley make good, strong antennas which are built to last, but that model isn't what I would call a 'mini beam'.
If it was me, I'd go for the Hex.


It's beginning to look like the Hexbeam...

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Same bands but you have to make up a pigtails on the coax.


Sorry. I don't understand what you mean


The Mosley Mini beam doesn't come with a SO239 socket to put a PL259 plug into. Instead you have to strip back the coax about 15 cm and solder / crimp ring connectors onto the braid and inner conductor. Self tapping screws secure this to the element. Hardly weatherproof!

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M0KCM wrote:
MM6RLL wrote:
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Same bands but you have to make up a pigtails on the coax.


Sorry. I don't understand what you mean


The Mosley Mini beam doesn't come with a SO239 socket to put a PL259 plug into. Instead you have to strip back the coax about 15 cm and solder / crimp ring connectors onto the braid and inner conductor. Self tapping screws secure this to the element. Hardly weatherproof!


I've never liked that bodge, even with sealant it's crap.
I build my own weatherproof termination pigtails inside a project box and then theirs room for a balun winding if need be :D

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M0VMT wrote:
M0KCM wrote:
MM6RLL wrote:
M0KCM wrote:
Same bands but you have to make up a pigtails on the coax.


Sorry. I don't understand what you mean


The Mosley Mini beam doesn't come with a SO239 socket to put a PL259 plug into. Instead you have to strip back the coax about 15 cm and solder / crimp ring connectors onto the braid and inner conductor. Self tapping screws secure this to the element. Hardly weatherproof!


I've never liked that bodge, even with sealant it's crap.
I build my own weatherproof termination pigtails inside a project box and then theirs room for a balun winding if need be :D



I prefer it, SO239>PL259 is a weak link.

On all my antennas I feed the coax straight to the elements, and have never had a problem, Used to use Tectyl 506, but now use liquid rubber.
The times I have had a joint outside, I either use N type or BNC

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A lot of my home brew antennas in the past have been direct terminated to the elements.
I used to mount a plastic IP rated termination box at the feed point and either screw terminal or soldered ring lugs and stainless self tappers, then fill the box with the two part resin used for armoured cable underground joints.
If I needed the antenna to be quickly removable, then it was a pig tail of suitable coax out of the box, with an inline compression N socket on the end, many commercial antennas are supplied like that.
Never had a problem.

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I got one. Thanks to everyone for your help and advice. I finally settled on the Mosley TA-33-M

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