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The HEX-BEAM®, originally manufactured by Traffie Technology, is new approach to beam antenna design and has demonstrated remarkable performance. Many others are now offering a similar antenna design. Antennas are available that cover 6 through 40 m in various monoband and multi-band configurations. The purpose of this Group is to discuss the technical and operational aspects of all hex-type antennas including installation, adjustment, modeling, performance, comparisons, and operating techniques. The upper left photo shows a HX-5B with the 20-m band elements highlighted and the beam heading direction shown by the arrow. The HEX-BEAM is a two-element wire beam using a driven element (red) and a reflector (yellow). See comments user posted on eHam and the Archive for this Group. Additional information about how to install the HEX-BEAM, RF chokes, theory, photos, etc. can be found in the Group Files & Photos Areas. A variety of HEX-BEAM installations are located in the Photos Section. See the details of the W4TI (SK) installation for some ideas.

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A commonly asked question is what material should be used for an RF choke. For the HF bands, the best material to use is Type 77 (or 73) ferrite beads. About 6 Amidon FB-77-1024 beads side over RG-213 and can be held in place with heat shrink. (Do not attempt to glue the beads together.) This balun should be located just below the base of the Hex-Beam, never within the elements or above it. Type 43 material is not appropriate for HF, but is the material of choice for VHF and UHF.

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