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Re: Cameron about Nicom or PSI
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Subject: Re: Cameron about Nicom or PSI
From: Mark Bohnett <mbohnett43@bevcomm.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:26:39 -0500
The mini Radoms are about the size of your fist (maybe a little larger.). They only cove the radiating element. The antenna input is located at the end of the antenna bay near the tower or standoff. If there are more than one bay, the antenna is fed with a 50 ohmn cable from the divider.  One note: install the bays on a pole and stand it off the tower min of 18". The tower really plays with the signal. I have two sites that 48" off that work well.  We also found the SWR changes by moving the bays (adjusting). Radiators up. I say this because they can mount at 90 degree segments. There are holes to drain or hold water if it is upside down.

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JOHN VAN MILLIGAN <jpvm54@msn.com> wrote:

I think it did.  The problem appeared to be the rod that runs from the connector to the feed point.  It was just attached at the ends so the middle wiggled as the wind shook the antenna and tower.   The weakest point was where that rod attached to the center pin. They may have improved that in the newer ones.   I've used several that had the 7/8" flange connector and never had a problem. 


On 07/18/2018 09:09 PM, Cameron Beierle wrote:



Did that one that kept breaking at the N-connector have the mini-radome they offer from Nicom?  If I understand you correctly, I believe that mini-radome around where the RF cable connects to the antenna is supposed to address that issue.





From: JOHN VAN MILLIGAN [mailto:jpvm54@msn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 7:50 PM
To: crtech@crtech.org
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Cameron about Nicom or PSI


We had a problem with a BKG77 at a site that has lots of high winds.  The center of the n connector on the antenna would break requiring the antenna to come down for repair.  We replaced it with a PSI and so far no problems.  We have another site with a PSI 2 bay half wave spaced.  The connectors on the jumpers from the power splitter came off.  That was probably from poor installation and the cables were blowing in the breeze.  The PSI comes in one piece from the factory the BKG77 requires assembly.  The BKG77 is for the whole band and the PSI is cut to frequency so swr is usually better with the PSI.  I prefer the BKG77 for translators, especially if I may have to change frequency.



On 07/18/2018 04:56 PM, Cameron Beierle wrote:

Could the think tank here on the forum give their input please?


We are constructing a transmitter site under 1Kw, omni-directional, non-commercial band and have narrowed the choice down to one of two antennas.  We have good price offers on both, but a difference of several hundred dollars between them.


One is the Nicom BKG77, the other the PSI FML-1B-HR.  Our Consulting engineer says either will work, but didn’t provide a preference or advice on either.  We want the best possible performance and signal for the available funds, so would appreciate any advice on these two you  might have.


Anyone using these particular units?  Strengths, issues, problems?







Cameron Beierle

General Manager

KACS-KACW-KBSG Family-Friendly Radio

Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation

SW Washington’s family radio service

2451 NE Kresky, Unit A

Chehalis, WA  98532





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