Discone versus Amateur white stick..

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby hamman1 » 07 Oct 2014, 11:13

Reading this thread with interest. I have a discone attached to my Yaesu FT7800 for listening but I would like to change it for a dual band antenna. I only want to receive 108-180 mhz anyway. No interest in military airband etc. Thinking of getting one of these cheaper versions of the diamond antenna (X-50N). The discone is not that great on TX for 2m or 70cms IMHO.

I have ordered a Diamond X50N today :)

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby rob12770 » 29 Nov 2014, 23:00

my Sirio SD-1300U discone will TX on several bands ... great antenna ! :D
hope u like your diamond.. i was not impressed.. another case of hyped up advertising..i wont ever buy diamond again.

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby rob12770 » 02 Dec 2014, 12:39

rob12770 wrote:my Sirio SD-1300U discone will TX on several bands ... great antenna ! :D
hope u like your diamond.. i was not impressed.. another case of hyped up advertising..i wont ever buy diamond again.


not sure why i quoted myself but hey ho.. :D

Just to Add,,
use the very best coax you can afford esspecially with VHF and UHF, i guess we all know that, but i didnt know how much difference it makes, :o i got Westflex 103 , its about the same diamiter as RG213 but less db loss,, the difference between decent cable Vs rg58 cheapo is night and day ! :clap:

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby timbo » 14 Jan 2015, 22:12

I've been using a Discone for many years..........for hanging my underpants on to dry in front of the fire. Goes nicely with my Moonraker ADSB Radar Beam antenna, that makes a handy toast rack.

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby NightProwler » 11 Feb 2016, 15:53

Ive been reading this with interest so I thought I would try the Discone V's whitestick experiment. I had my Discone up 21 foot off the ground, It's the one with the vertical element and it's fed with RG213 coax, Worked ok but then I swapped it over for an X300 whitestick on the same 21 foot pole and RG213 coax and the difference is amazing, The X300 is pulling in stations much much better than the Discone. Poor old Discone is now thrown behind the greenhouse where it can rot :lol:
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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby GeeFull » 21 Mar 2016, 12:01

NightProwler wrote:Ive been reading this with interest so I thought I would try the Discone V's whitestick experiment. I had my Discone up 21 foot off the ground, It's the one with the vertical element and it's fed with RG213 coax, Worked ok but then I swapped it over for an X300 whitestick on the same 21 foot pole and RG213 coax and the difference is amazing, The X300 is pulling in stations much much better than the Discone. Poor old Discone is now thrown behind the greenhouse where it can rot :lol:

Within the bands the white stick will effectively cover, it will have the edge due to its gain over the discone.
The wideband nature of the discone might mean some spectrum it effectively covers, versus the white sticks overall coverage, may mean occasionally on certain frequencies it has the edge.
Ideally leave both up and swap feeders to suit.

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby Skirge » 17 Jun 2016, 16:07

I have found this thread very helpful after trying to decide what aerial to get to go with my RTL dongle and SR#. I opted for the white stick and bought a Watson W-50 and I have to say I am very very impressed so far, its been up a couple of days and I am having superb fun.

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby stanogs68 » 11 Dec 2016, 14:30

what about the eurostick dx 25-2000mhz is this the same as the amateur white stick ??? i have a disconne in my loft and was thinking of trying a white stick !!
computers mess with my brain !

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Re: Discone versus Amateur white stick..

Postby Gemini4 » 12 Dec 2016, 11:07

I have both..and to be honest I favour the cone really..had more contacts on 2m and more listening on the scanner..putting the discone
in the loft after Christmas.


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