HF antenna Outback 2000 – Full review
(tested with an Elecraft KX3 SDR Transceiver)
When I first thought of that I smiled. How you can associate a 79$, coiled, fiberglassed, vehicular antenna and a 1200$ SDR transceiver HF radio?
The outback 2000 is a “copy” of the most famous outbacker antenna (used in Australia to cover many miles in HF by doctors and normal users – to communicate important news). The outback antenna is a fiberglass mast (magnetic support NOT included) where performances are insured by the “wander lead” that is coiled around the “mast” of the antenna. There is a banana plug where you can easily tune to 40 meters (2nd hole) 30 meters (3rd hole) 20 meters (4th hole) 17 meters (5th hole) 15 meters (6th hole) 12 meters (7th hole) 10 meters (8th hole) and 6 meters (last hole). At the top there is also a short whip that allows you to fine tune the antenna for each band.
Total lenght is 1.75 meters. It covers every band and you are allowed to transmit up to 200 W.
I have an Audi A3 and during weekend I love to get outside my city (Bordeaux). I reached 110 km/h without no problems for my outback antenna.
I had a QSO while driving to Dordogne with an Italian friend IZ8FFC Giuseppe in Crotone (KR). He gave me a 59 report with excellent modulation. Frequency was 14.310 MhZ and my ROS was 1.6. I didn’t want to tune the OUTBACK 2000 with the KX3 autotuner. The result was excellent: I was able to cover 40 to 10 meters with max 1.8 ROS (on 40 meters band). The only issue as you can immagine was to get out of the car everytime to decide on which band to transmit. Simply plug and play.
Best resonance and performance was on 20 / 15/ 10 meters band.
The outback 2000 Falcon is definitely a good compromise. I would rate the antenna as 8.5 on 10! The price is excellent and you can get one used on eBay for few bucks. You will be on air 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/11/10/6/m in few seconds.
The only cons I can notice is the high QRM and this won’t let you to copy weak stations. Especially USB mode.
If youwant to increase the potentiality of this HF antenna, go closeby the sea. It would be much better.
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After 1 month of test I had more than 80 QSOs. In my logbook I had chance to add Turkey, Ireland and Ukraine.
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