Barker & Williamson BWDS-90N
Today was a really nice fall day in the state of Indiana, so I decided to take advantage of it and do some antenna work before winter hits. Today I hung up a Barker & Williamson BWDS-90N antenna. This antenna is a broadband folded dipole antenna.
I have been testing it for a bit this afternoon and this is what I found so far:
The BWDS-90 is a broadband antenna that works all the way down on 160m and as high up as 6m. Generally this antenna is not a performer. They are also quite expensive (about $250 for the BWDS-90 model). However this antenna is a perfect match on all the bands without a tuner. If you get it up high enough it does work okay. I even made a few DX contacts with it. One to Italy and one to France today. So it does work.
The military uses these antennas often since they match well on the bands and work well for NVIS type installations. They are popular with the military for field ops using man-pack portable radios.
I am looking forward to testing it more, since I didn’t really have time today to put it though it’s paces.
While I was on the roof I also tweaked my G5RV antenna so that I could still use that as well. It works also just okay. I really cannot have anything great where I live right now, I just don’t have the room for it. Perhaps when I move later there will be better antennas in my future.
I will try to make some time this week to test out the BWDS-90 antenna so more and let you know how it goes.
73! for now. de Nick N9SJA