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What a great product,easy
up and down and so small and yes it WORKS !!! Grab a couple
and you will be well pleased.
Deluxe is a dipole, and electrically it will work no better
or worse than any other dipole. But what makes this antenna
special is the ease with which you can deploy it.
the Yo-Yo along with a collapsible fiberglass mast and have
been able to quickly and easily set up a field-expedient antenna
that works extremely well. Most recently, I used it on Field
Day for a QRP battery-operated station and had excellent results.
set it up as an inverted-V. That can be a little difficult
since the eyelets on the spools are tiny, and you can't connect
anything thicker than a piece of string when you go to tie
down the ends. A quick work-around for that problem is to
add one of those little spiral key-ring holders to each eyelet,
and you can now connect thicker wire or even rope. That would
be a nice feature to have out of the box.
are looking for a well-made and easy antenna for field use,
you aren't going to beat this one. And the price is more than
I have had
the YoYo Deluxe 2 reel dipole for about 3 years. It is the best
antenna I have found for portable operation. It takes up very
little room when stowed but is easy to set up. Being a full
size dipole, it is efficient compared to mobile or portable
antennas that are short whips.
I have used it in the city park for Field Day, camping, on a
condo balcony on the Gulf Coast, on my sailboat hoisted up the
mast on one end and tied to the stern rail on the bottom end
for a center fed sloper. I have also taken it to a ham club
meeting and used it on 20 meters to demonstrate a live PSK31
I marked the wires for each band so it is very easy to roll
out the right length of wire for each band. However, fully extended,
it is longer than a 40 meter dipole and works well on 80 through
6 meters with my Z-11 tuner. I have checked in to our 75 meter
state net with the YoYo running 5 watts (about 250 mile path).
I have not left it up for any length of time. It is usually
up no more than 2 or 3 days each time I use it. I have run a
maximum of 100 watts with the antenna but usually run 5 watts.
It is ideal for my portable needs.
not covered so far.
previous reviews, it's nice to know the portability factor,
the ability to change bands quickly and adjust the antenna
hasn't been talked about is the permanent installation of
the antenna. My system is for 75/80 meters only. But, I have
two lengths marked for operation. I have one marking for the
lower portion (80 meters) so I can work CW. And then another
marking for 75 meter phone. So I can switch to either portion
of the band in a matter of just a couple of minutes, with
a fantastic SWR.
it mounted in a semi-inverted vee configuration, not too high
above ground as not to interfere with the tri-bander. So far,
the reports have been better than I ever expected. All of
my reports have been S-9 or above, whether ground wave or
skip. (And mostly S-9 plus!) Truly amazed at the unique construction
of this antenna, and how I don't have to fool around with
a in-line tuner just so I can go from the CW portion to the
phone portion on 75/80 meters.
the price. They have several models to choose from. Great,
friendly service. Go for it! You can't lose!
& 88 from Patty Smith
Unique, fun & plenty of FD
Used this for Field Day. The
length chart they included was a great help. Tweeked the length
for max power of 100 watts on each band, no problem. (We had
a Yaesu FT-840 with no SWR meter.) But the biggest asset of
all was it fit in my lunch box, with plenty of room left for
my lunch. I didn't have to drag out a canvas bag with a bunch
of poles, pipes and tripods you had to put together. It was
ready to go as is. NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. A new way to carry
around the tried & true dipole antenna. My hats off to
I know it's just a dipole. But
seeing that this thing was insulated and we didn't have much
time for set-up, we just tossed it up on the roof. We were
amazed with the results! Take it camping or use it at home.
Reminds me of the Hy-Gain windup antennas of the '50's. What
ever happened to those things? Good luck, DWM. Hope you sell
a million. Darn well worth every penny.
Good luck, 73,
I give it a 5 because I live
in a condo with no balcony and brick walls, yet I am able
to make DX contacts on 10, 17 and 20meters with 5watts(FT-817)
from my living room using this little gem.It isn't the greatest
antenna, but it does work decently in a hotel room or even
the inlaws back yard.If your antenna restricted, this can
be setup and taken down quicker than the condo association
can say "Whats that?"Ive got the Yo-Yo-Deluxe (2
reels) purchased for about $30 plus shipping.Can't beat it
for price and performance!!!
I ordered two YO-YO-Tenna Deluxe
antennas for use during camping with the scouts. I'm happy
to say I've been using them for over 12 months now, and they
continue to work well. They are easy to put up (they are lightweight)
and they have been durable for me, not one problem. I've done
JOTA, Field Day, Kids Day, and taught several Radio Merit
badges on these antennas without a problem. I've even installed
them side by side with a multiband Alpha Delta, and the Yo-Yo-Tenna
outperformed it, and was easier to setup. I also got the extension
spools, so that you can simply clip the clip on, and continue
spooling out wire for the lower frequencies. I almost always
can tune 10-40m without the extension spools, and sometimes
on 80m as well. With the extension I can usually tune 80m
without problems. Other portable antennas I've tied have not
worked as well, these are simple, to the point and work as
well as any typical dipole will work.
I Love It!!!!!
I put a rush on delivery to get
it in time for a back country trip. I had a great time working
many people even if the band conditions were not great. I
run the ft-817 and a Z-11 tuner. It took me less than five
minutes to deploy and the ease at which it winds back up is
wonderful. I give it five stars plus!!!
Affordable and Portable
If you are looking for a portable
multi-band antenna that is simple to deploy then you should
try the YO YO Tenna Deluxe. My first contact on this antenna
was Hawaii using 5 watts on 15 meters. I had it draped over
some bushes about 5 feet off the ground. I connected an additional
15 feet of RG58 as a feedline. Mine works well on 10,12,15,20
and 30 meters. I haven't tried it on 17 or 40. If you want
to work QRP with a minimalist antenna you don't have to spend
hundreds of dollars. This antenna is a "mouse-trap"
don't try to invent a better one.
Apart from several days of very
bad band conditions, I've been having good success with your
Yo-Yo-Tenna Deluxe so far. My installation is not optimal,
but it works just the same. My temporary quarters are a ground
floor apartment in a four unit building. My upstairs neighbor
kindly helped me to suspend the apex of the dipole from his
balcony about 18 to 20 feet up, and the legs spread out full
length in an inverted V, tied off in shrubs and trees above
head level. (To prevent surprises to the gate guards and gardeners.)
I'm getting good signal reports from Europe and the Middle
East. (RK, ES, Z3, YO, SB, ON, 7X, OK & SP so far.) It's
a great antenna for temporary OR everyday use. It will be
a part of my traveling inventory from here on out.
Nice portable antenna
I've used a Yo-Yo Tenna Deluxe
for portable QRP operation for a bit over a year, and it works
very well on 40 through 10 meters. With this antenna, an LDG
Z-11 autotuner, and a Yaesu FT-817, I usualy hvae no problem
making CW and PSK31 contacts, and have reasonable success
most of the time on SSB also. I usually don't set the antenna
up for a specific band, but instead set it up as an off-center-fed
dipole and tune it with the Z-11. I haven't tried it on 80
meters, as I rarely operate portable at night. A sturdy well-made
antenna at a reasonable price.
Best Portable Antenna I've Ever
I took two Yo-Yo-Tenna's down
the Grand Canyon Run on the Colo. River. (One antenna for
back-up)Operated QRP using a K-1 and a homebrew T-Tuner, batteries
and solar panels. Was on the river 16 days.
The Yo-Yo's did great! 31 contacts
at 5 watts or less from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The
best DX was Alaska.
The Yo-Yo's were never more than
15 feet off the ground, most set-ups were 5 feet or less.
Had great QSO's with WA, OR, UT, CO, AZ, CA, MO, AK and other
states. Best portable antenna I've ever used!
Randy Jackson, WB6ZFG
Good product/prompt service
I placed an order for the Yo-Yo-Tenna
Deluxe last Sunday afternoon. By Sunday evening I had a confirmation
that it would ship out first thing Monday morning. It arrived
in Wednesday's mail.
I was impressed by the construction.
The Yo-Yo was heftier than I imagined and appears ready for
years of service. The two "yo-yo's" are about the
size and weight of metal construction rulers (well, probably
a little lighter). I tried it out on 6, 10, 12, and 17 meters
so far and it works well. Don't expect beam-like performance;
th Yo-Yo is designed for quickand convenient portable use
which it delivers.
This antenna is a natural for
Field Day and DWM's quick service means it will arrive in
plenty of time!
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