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 Does anyone in here own a Watson ATX-DPL 9 antenna? 
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I've got one of these and have stupidly lost the instructions telling me what plug does what.

I've also managed to loose the instructions that the guy who I bought it from had written down as he'd measured all the sizes and he said "its ready to roll" :(

stupid me

Any one got the details of what plug goes where?

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Chris the bands covered are 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6m, so without the jumper installed it will be 80m, with the jumper between the bottom hole and the one just above it then it will be 40m etc etc until you have the jumper in the bottom hole and top hole then you're on 6m, well that's how they normally work :D as for whip length I don't know, trial and error, adjust for best SWR.

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finding what hole is for what band is easy as you will get a distinct signal increase when your at the right tap point.. as stated normally no fly lead for 80m then keeping one end of the fly lead in the bottom hole work your way up the bands..

the whip length will depend on the ground its working against.. what whip position worked for one person may not be the same for you as yo may have a better /worse earth.. The earthing is the key to these critters. you can find a few different whip positions for lowest vswr depending on the grounding..

the instructions for these things are pretty useless half the time anyway unless you follow the manufacturers reccommendations of installing it which translates to give it a crap earth with lots of nice losses and the vswr will be fine .. :lol:

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I was wrong earlier as i was confused over what bands it covered so I was fighting a loosing battle.

I thought it would be no jumper = 80, one to two = 40 etc.

It was really annoying though as i had no idea what was what and I was guessing.

thanks for confirming though. I'll give it a go and check what its best at. I'll get the meter out and write down whats best.

Thanks though :)

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I have one of these http://www.wsplc.com/acatalog/Multi-Ran ... tenna.html

I mounted it to a bracket i welded to my towbar. And it is impossible to find a match on any band.

I find that the dimensions supplied are off by miles. the best I can get is about 2:1 on 20m and that is with the Small wip allmost all the way down into the bigger one.

it should have a good earth as the towbar is mounted directly to the chassie of the car. I am thinking of getting rid of it and using a auto tuner and a long wip.

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I have one also and find it pretty good. I recently bought a longer whip for it and I have it attached to my car via a trunk lip mount and a Diamond Earth Mat making a connection between the car body and the antenna mount. The rig is the ubiquitous 706 2G and the LDG AT-7000 tunes it. Works well for me and I'm pretty happy with it... :)

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I've got the Multiranger 9 and, for what it is, it works well enough I suppose. I'm using a hatchmount on a Zafira (carefully scraped away a bit of paint for an earth) and I can get it below 2:1 without being *too* fussy.. What I have noticed though is the bandwidth is very narrow, especially on the lower frequencies and, as follows from that, it does not take much adjustment to throw it way out of whack. Easiest to concentrate on one band at a time if you're just pootling along in the car otherwise you would be in and out like a fiddlers elbow....

I had some nice results on 20m the weekend before. Found a low SWR point central(ish) to the voice portion of the band and then let the ATU in my 703 take care of the rest.

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these work well once you crack the tuning , i worked lots of EU on 40 cw 2 watts when i went out to try it out without any problem..

i never got round to trying the other bands ..

i have the walkabout which is basically the same thing but smaller and this works well also but again you have to crack the earthing/ tuning on them.

far from plug and play as touted ,

if you follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter you can get pretty close to what they state BUT this is down to system losses in my mind. use a good earth and its miles out half the time ..

the cheap pro ams will walk all over these and can be tuned "sloppily" with medeocre earths or tuned to resonance and matched etc for the lower band models..

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Well yesterday I did manage to break into few pileups whilst out on a hilltop.
I was using the wrong hole (ooh err) and the tip was at a guess but the ATU sorted that out.

Sure enough I wasnt a massive signal BUT I was able contact USA couple of times with it all set up wrongly!

They seem quite good in that respect.

I will go out there in a few weeks time to check properly whats what.

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Just a quick update... I managed to work Croatia and Sweden during my short drive into work this morning, 57-59 into 9A on 17m and 57 into SM7 on 20m. Good enough for me... :D

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Good stuff. I might get a second boot mount for the HF multi ant as i have the 2m w7900 on the car most of the time but it'd be nice to work a bit of "DX" on the drive to work.

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this is it , they do work and pretty well all things considered. i was messing with the atx walkabout for 12 months on and off trying to get it right , i like it now and is a nice little antenna.. again for what it is .

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2e1hje wrote:
Good stuff. I might get a second boot mount for the HF multi ant as i have the 2m w7900 on the car most of the time but it'd be nice to work a bit of "DX" on the drive to work.


First step to addiction :lol: it starts off with something small and multiband, then it gets bigger and monoband, then it's monster monband with loads of different whips, sections, coils capacity hats etc, soon enough no one but you will be able to ride in the car becuase the boot and back seat are full of crap to work HF, or am I just talking about me here :lol:

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Well I'm getting a Mag mount for a CB antenna (yeah I still CB)
I've got a boot mount for the W7900

I've also got lying around in the shed another mount for the HF one. I just rememberd it sitting there! Looks like I'm sorted when static!

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Slightly off topic gentlemen, but can anyone recommend a good lip/hatch mount for a multiranger? there are so many of them available its hard to know where to begin... I have a mondeo estate so it would have to be adjustable in the vertical direction also, the hatch is door is quite straight...


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