AT-984/G Fishing Reel Antenna

©Brooke Clarke, N6GCE

AT-984 reel antenna

AT-984 Bag w/ALICE clips


Background

This is a multiple wavelength long wire antenna for the VHF low band radios like the PRC-25 and PRC-77.  It provides more gain than the whips antennas or the RC-292 or OE-254 fixed station omni directional antennas.  It is an unterminated wire unlike the OE-303 half rhombic that uses a termination.

It's also used with HF radios like the PRC-104.  When used at HF frequencies NVIS mode operation would be expected, like with the AS-2259, since it will be used at low elevations.

Description

The antenna consists of a fishing reel that holds 150 feet of phospher bronze antenna wire.  The starting end of the wire has a "Y" lug that will fit under the AB-591 spring mast base to hold the wire on the antenna terminal of the PRC-25 or PRC-77 radio.  By using the AB-591 the microswitch in the radio is depressed telling the radio that the 3 meter AT-271 fishing pole antenna is in use.  Without the AB-591 the radio would try to match the 1 meter tape antenna.

The AT-984 is carried in a canvas case that attaches to web gear using standard ALICE clips.

AB-591 Spring Base for PRC-25 or PRC-77











AT-271AT-271
3 meter Fishing Pole Antenna is normally used with the AB-591 on a PRC-25 or PRC-77.
This antenna is also used the PRC-104 HF radio.

 
 
 
 





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