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APS antennas out of business?

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Posted on January 9, 2020 at 14:58:30
Timbo in Oz
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That appears to be the case.

https://www.fmtunerinfo.com/antennas.html

There's a post dated 2014.


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I still have my antenna up - needed some patching however, posted on January 9, 2020 at 17:06:10
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I'm waiting for someone to post a U-tube video on how to build one's own Yagi in case my fails catastrophicly.

 

There's even a computerised design page for high-gain antennas, posted on January 9, 2020 at 17:33:38
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On line, that is.

And there's quite a bit about building them.


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RE: APS antennas out of business?, posted on January 9, 2020 at 20:09:48
HoosierAudio
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Hi Tim,
Yes, APS has been gone for several years. Finding replacements has become almost impossible. DIY is almost the only way to get a hi-gain antennae these days.
Are you familiar with Brian Beezely's page. Some pretty good info there and if I remember correctly there are some mod instructions to improve existing/available antennaes. Here:

HA

 

Brian Beezely? Yes! , posted on January 9, 2020 at 20:31:59
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But I have a locally mfd one now.

Plus a DTV antenna.

Both antennas are aimed at Black Mountain Tower. Over a ridge just Nth of us and then another >10 km

I'm only interested in two FM stations, one of which has a repeater on a hill just to the left of the antenna array, and comes in quite strongly.

We have three SS FM rcvrs through the house, and one valve front-end item, which used to be a simulcast rcvr it now does Stereo FM with a Welsh SS decoder, and has wide-band audio (13Khz) AM.






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RE: I still have my antenna up - needed some patching however, posted on January 14, 2020 at 13:07:13
Coner
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Maybe info on the ARRL site. Quite east to build, you can use
PVC pipe as the boom, and brass or alum. TIG/brazing rod for
the 1/4 wavelength elements. Length and spacing can be easily calculated
to the bandwidth of the FM band. Normally 1/4 wavelength long.

I have their antenna handbook, and it's 2" thick!.

 

RE: There's even a computerised design page for high-gain antennas, posted on January 15, 2020 at 14:36:06
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What about using radio Ham antennas for Fm radio ?

 

Unless the antenna is cut for FM, it won't work very well., posted on January 15, 2020 at 14:57:43
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It might work - acceptably - in a given context.







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RE: Unless the antenna is cut for FM, it won't work very well., posted on January 15, 2020 at 17:41:29
Coner
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You could take a regular TV yagi antenna and trim down the longer
elements to match the lower end of FM band.

 

RE: There's even a computerised design page for high-gain antennas, posted on January 15, 2020 at 17:44:58
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No, much easier to find a TV antenna, plus the FM band is already
in its bandwidth. Ham antenna's don't include the FM band.

 

RE: APS antennas out of business?, posted on January 16, 2020 at 16:27:08
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Yo! Timbo! Still carrying the Torch. I was lucky to get my APS-13 before they went out and it still flies on my roof after perhaps 20 New England winters.

 

But, the spacing will still , posted on January 22, 2020 at 03:00:58
Timbo in Oz
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be wrong.




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RE: But, the spacing will still , posted on January 23, 2020 at 16:50:15
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Close enough of you want an EASY cheap mod. Otherwise build a proper one.

 

I have a roof mounted... , posted on April 15, 2020 at 19:01:24
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APS-9 with a Channel Master rotator, Ken Wetzel balun and heavy RG-11 cable.

Too bad APS went out of business years ago.



 

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