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Cushcraft R8
HF Vertical

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Cushcraft R8

The Cushcraft R8 multiband vertical covers the 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30 and 40 meter bands. Cushcraft has achieved a major breakthrough in the development of an HF multiband vertical antenna that has been specifically designed for use with a tuner and amplifier. As a result, the antenna more accurately addresses the needs of the contemporary ham shack.

Multiband vertical antennas have always been complicated designs with components as likely to be damaged by high levels of mismatched transmit power as the rigs they are attached to. Before the use of tuners became widespread, the antenna was protected by the same safety mechanisms that protected the rig. Now, the automatic power reduction circuits of of the past have actually become a second layer of protective circuitry. Although the auto-tuner provides the ham with a more versatile device as well as protecting the rig's components, the antenna is more vulnerable than ever. With the press of a button, manageably high loads can be transmitted up to the antenna. The result to the antenna can be catastrophic failure in some instances.

The R8 is the first multiband vertical with a rugged design for the rigors of contemporary operating conditions. Although the antenna is best operated within it's 2.0:1 VSWR bandwidth, it can sustain a 3.0:1 VSWR mismatch at full power for typical operating intervals. Now the ham can take full advantage of the versatility that a tuner used in conjunction with a multiband HF vertical antenna can give him/her.

R8 Specifications
Frequency: 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30 and 40 meters
Gain: 3 dBi
Power: 1500 watts CW
VSWR Resonance: 1.3:1 typical
Vertical Radiation Angle: 16
Horizontal Radiation Angle: 360
Connector: UHF
Height: 28.5 feet (8.7 m)
Weight: 23 lbs. (10.5 kg)
Wind Load: 1.5 sq/feet
Wind Surface Area: 2.5 sq ft

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