INSTALLING THE OUTBACKERS OUTREACH / OUTRUNNER
Thank you for purchasing the OUTBACKER. Please take a few moments to carefully read these instructions before installing your antenna. This will ensure that your mobile setup works and works well!
Like all the OUTBACKER range, your antenna is constructed of a very tough, yet flexible, fiberglass core. This core is then helically wound with copper wire, which is hand-tuned to the various "tap" points. A coating of clear epoxy resin is then applied. Finally a layer of coloured polyurethane is applied as a protection against the elements. All fittings on the antenna are solid brass and nickel-plated. The 3/8" x 24tpi stud is made of tough, highstrength, stainless steel.
MOUNTING YOUR OUTBACKER
Correct mounting of your OUTBACKER is of utmost importance to obtain successful antenna performance. Your OUTREACH / OUTRUNNER is not recommended for use with the OUTBACKER OB360 but can be used with any standard 3/8" x 24tpi mount. We highly recommend the Alpha Delta OUTPOST- Tripod/ground coupler ground mount system for use with the OUTREACH.
Trunk Lip and Hatch Mounting are not recommended for antenna over 4' in length
Check your mount and antenna occasionally to ensure everything remains snug OUTBACKER assumes no liability for antennas lost as a result of loose mounts, or hardware.
Now use an Ohmmeter to check your work. No Ohmmeter? Clip leads connected to a Code Practice Oscillator, or a Keyer with sidetone can be used to check connections. Remove the ground strap from your rig. Connect one Ohmmeter prod, or one clip lead only to the ground strap. Connect other Ohmmeter prod, or other clip lead to the center pin of the PL-259 plug removed from your rig. You are now checking for good electrical connections through coax, mount, back to mounts, ground strap, and back to meter. If resistance is above .7 ohms, or oscillator does not produce tone, recheck/re-scrape all ground connection points until "poor connection point(s)" are found. THIS STEP ENSURES YOU RADIATE "A KILLER" SIGNAL!
If your OUTBACKER antenna is to be used in conjunction with The Alpha Delta OUTPOST', please read instruction sheet enclosed with the Tripod on purchase.
NB:- The OUTREACH is a multi - piece model. Be sure to screw each section together tightly, before attempting any of the following tuning operations.
EXTREMELY HIGH SWR - Check all connections for opens, or shorts. Make sure
the WANDER LEAD extends from the WL socket for your desired band of operation.
Make sure the WANDER LEAD is evenly spaced as it wraps around the antenna, counter
clockwise, from the bottom up. Again, remember, do not wrap too tightly. Also,
remember that a quarter wave vertical needs a large span of metal/ground beneath
it to act as a counterpoise.
MODERATELY HIGH SWR - Make sure the antenna is not unusually close (parallel) to any metal such as the trunk, or side of an RV (see INSTALLATION). Recheck the integrity of your grounding. Try retuning the STINGER at the desired operating frequency.
Remember there are more important aspects of mobile installations than having a 1: 1 SWR. It is okay and fully acceptable if your SWR should vary from 1: 1 to 1: 8. Pay special attention to grounding and antenna placement.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
All OUTBACKER antenna are fitted with a rubber "0" ring inside
the tip to prevent water entering the mainshaft, however, condensation will
accumulate on the inside of the shaft, do not be alarmed. This condensation
will not harm the antenna, nor will it cause inferior performance. Just remove
the KNURLED LOCKING NUT and shake out any water. Check your antenna after heavy
To clean your antenna, wash it with warm, soapy water and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Apply a thin coating of non-abrasive, car wax. Buff the antenna to a shine. Do not use cleaners with an acetone base as this will strip the shiny coating.
|Model:||OUTREACH / OUTRUNNER (centered to North. American bands )|
|Feed Impedance:||48-52 Ohms|
|Power:||150 watts (pep)|
|Construction:||Brass - Stainless Steel - Urethane, 1/4 wave helical.|
3/8" x 24tpi (UNF) Male thread (Stainless Steel)
|Wander Lead Length:||WL for the OUTREACH is 5 9"plug tip to plug tip
WL for the OUTRUNNER is 5 1 "plug tip to plug tip
Supplied with your OUTBACKER antenna
|1 x||Main shaft (Black) - the OUTREACH has a multi-piece main shaft|
|OBWL||1 x||Wander lead (WL stands for wander lead)|
|OBSP120||1 x||47" long tuning spike (installed at manufacture)|
Please quote Part# when ordering replacements.
|OBSB||Heavy Duty fixed mount|
|OBADP||3/8" unf to 1/2" bsw Stainless steel adaptor.|
|OBQD||3/8" TO 3/8" Quick disconnect adaptor (brass & stainless)|
|OBMT||M-Type to 3/8" adaptor. (brass)|
|OBKNK||Knocknown Knuckle 3/8" to 3/8" unf (Not suitable for the OUTREACH)|
Should you discover your OUTBACKER antenna has been damaged in transit, please nohfy your supplier, or write to the manufacturer within seven days. Claims made more than 7 days after delivery will not be recognised.
We hope you will receive much enjoyment from using your OUTBACKER antenna. For technical assistance in North America, please contact:
MR JIM BURNS
ALPHA DELTA COMMUNICATIONS (inc)
PO BOX 620
MANCHESTER KY 40962
Phone (606) 598-2029 --- Fax (606) 598-4413
OUTBACKER! the renowned HF Amateur Mobile Antenna -bridging the gap in worldwide communications.