By Highmaster2

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

A lot of antenna for the price...

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy assembly
  • A large antenna compared to some other discones
  • Significantly increased my receive ability
  • Sturdy construction

CONS

  • None that I've found

BEST USES

  • I'm using it for scanner reception - works well

Comments:

Had a small RS discone above the roof - just wasn't happy with what I could receive on my Whistler TRX-1. Put up the Tram and, though it didn't pull in the system I was hoping for, I did start hearing systems that I previously could not hear. I am very pleased with the antenna itself as well as its performance.


By Plumber Don

Verified

NOT IMPRESSED!!!

 
2.0

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Comments:

It came without any paperwork. Had to use picture to put together. No instructions on how to tune antenna. Would not recommend to friends.


By Norbie - WE5Z

Verified

Tram Discone Antenna Worth Every Penny

 
5.0

PROS

  • Works as advertised
  • Fantastic antenna
  • Antenna works remarkably well
  • All stainless steel construction
  • Remarkably cheap
  • Plastic tips on each antenna end except top knob

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

Fantastic antenna. Completely satisfied. Great price. Great wattage carrying capability. Low wind square footage. Makes my Yaesu FT2DR 5 watts sound fantastic to hams in my area. Would definitely buy again and definitely recommend.


By KG7M

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

After 1 Year in Service

 
5.0

PROS

  • Stainless Steel Construction Wide Frequency

CONS

  • No Gain Above 800 mHz

BEST USES

  • Monitoring XMIT on 11m 10m 6m & 2m

Comments:

Took antenna down to move QTH, and noted that antenna was full of water from rainy weather. There was absolutely NO RUST or corrosion after being exposed to the elements for a year. I think water entered the main body of the antenna by running down the vertical element. I recommend sealing the junction with RTV Silicone. This vendor, "Buy Two Way Radios" has the beat price of anyone on this item. Service was outstanding as well. Antenna is a great performer under 800 MHZ. I've been able to receive the South American Pirates on the Military Satcom frequencies V200-400 MHz). Also, during last summer's Fire Season I regularly received USFS Firefighter Ops from up to 70 miles distance. I also used the antenna forSOs on 11m CB and 10m ham. All in all, this is a really great product, and the price is low. I do think it would perform much better above 800 MHz if it was used WITHOUT the vertical element, and the 2 loaded bottom extensions.


By emeryjohn

Verified

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Ok product untrustworthy business dealing with bizrate

 
3.0

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Comments:

Not too bad of an antenna but is lacking in small annoying ways. No assembly/installation instructions came with the antenna but assembly was simple and can be performed by comparing to pictures. I found several of the black plastic end safety caps missing when I opened the package which was more of an esthetic annoyance than anything, The Allen head locking screws corroded very quickly (less than three weeks after installing which resulted in a bit of clean-up to maintain continuity, I had to replace them (screws) with stainless replacements, a better quality unit would not have this issue


By Radio Dude

Verified

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

TRAM DISCONE A DISAPPOINTMENT

 
1.0

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CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

I purchased the Tram Discone for primarily 800MHZ trunked monitoring. I located the antenna outside approx 20 feet high. In short; on 800Mhz it does not do much better than the rubber duck on my Uniden 396xt. I've been a ham radio op for years and also worked for Motorola as a tech years ago, so I DO know how to install antennas and insure no shorts exist etc... I will be replacing this antenna soon and go with something that provides a little gain.


By KG7M

Verified

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Wide Band Antenna

 
5.0

PROS

  • Wide Bandwidth
  • Low Cost
  • Easy assembly
  • Transmits On 10m And 11m

CONS

  • Poor Above 800 Mhz
  • High Swr On 6m

BEST USES

  • Monitor 25 Mhz To 800 Mhz
  • Base Station Biz Band
  • Ham Cb Scanner
  • Weather Milsat Receive

Comments:

Installed the Tram 1411 on a 5 foot section of 1-3/8" mast, attached to a 30 foot telescoping mast. Feeding with 50 feet RG6 coax. SWR is flat at 28.400 MHz, and at 144 MHz using a MFJ Antenna Analyzer. 50 MHz SWR is 2:1 (I did not attempt to adjust for a lower SWR). Antenna is excellent in the VHF High Band, where I can now monitor Forest Service Fire Crews located up to 70 miles distant. VHF Airband s strong with ground mounted ATIS reception out to 40 miles. UHF Military Airband is excellent with Milsat signals audible. Local 800 MHz Public Service Trunking is solid with previously unreadable signals now S5. In general, UHF above 800 MHz does drop off, but it's likely my feedline.


By Eric the Impala Farmer

Verified

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

Best 25-1300 MHz Antenna on the market

 
5.0

PROS

  • Small Great Gain

CONS

  • Coaxial Feed In Mast

BEST USES

  • Ham Radio
  • Scanners
  • Any Radio 25-1300 Mhz
  • Frs And Gmrs Radio
  • CB Radio
  • Frsgmrs

Comments:

This is simply an incredible antenna in a small footprint. VSWR of 1.5-1 or less is nearly possible anywhere in the advertised bandwidth with a little tuning. I now live in an apartment and have to scale down my radio hobby a bit, so I'll run a multi-receiver coupler on one of these (I purchased one previously) and a ham radio triplexer on the other. You then pretty much own the VHF, UHF & SHF spectrum with this beauty. During daylight hours here near Boston, MA I usually receive WWV in Fort Collins, CO on 25 MHz full signal on my Bearcat BCT15. Can't ask for much more than that. Pick up all the MA SP repeaters statewide full signal, full quieting as well.