Snap On Split Beads

Off Center Fed Dipole Antenna, 80-6 Meters (8 bands-including 15 meters), 500/1.5KW/5KW PEP rated - FREE shipping in USA

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Product Details
Brand: Palomar Engineers
Frequency Band(s): 80-6
Country/Region of Manufacture: USA
Freq Range (MHz):: 3.5-54 Mhz
Power (PEP watts):: 500/1500/5000
Length (ft):: 135

Excellent features:

*** Covers 80-40-20-17-15-12-10-6 meter ham bands

*** SWR < 2:1 on most bands, may require antenna tuner 80, 40 for full band use

*** 500 watts/1.5KW/5KW PEP (SSB-ICAS) options

*** Stainless Steel hardware for long life

*** Halyard Hoist for ease of installation

*** Insulated #14 wire for durability

*** High Strength insulators (may be black, white or gray)

*** 4:1 Balun and 1:1 Choke included in a single enclosure

Super convenient and quick – great for contest operation! Choose 500, 1500 or 5000 watt PEP (use 5KW model for digital modes over 1000 watts).

Unlike Buckmaster OCF antennas (at twice the price, and no WARC bands, 6 meter or 15 Meter operation, you can transmit and receive on 12,15 and 17 meters with our OCF - Better engineering and lower price - only from Palomar Engineers!


For best results support center at 30+ feet and ends over 15 feet. Angle of feed each side must be great than 45 degrees or 120 – 180 degrees total between each side preferred. Any length of 50 ohm feed line ok but longer feed lines over 50 feet may show reduced SWR on some bands due to losses in feed line and soil conductivity, nearby objects, etc. Due to local ground conditions, antenna height and feed line length, SWR may vary from samples shown and an antenna tuner may be required or some bands to bring SWR at end of feed line to acceptable levels. Overall length is 95+40 =135 feet.

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Insulators may be black, grey or white depending on stock at hand when order is placed. Wire is stranded, insulated and black color.

5KW antennas are made to order and take approximately 10 days after order to ship.

SWR TECH NOTE:The SWR graphs shown are specific to the conditions listed including antenna height, configuration (flat top, inverted V, inverted L, etc.) and direction, feed line length and type, geographic location and soil condition, calibration and accuracy of SWR instruments used. Your SWR measurements will probably be different and manufacturer takes no responsibility or liability for these differences beyond the purchase price of the antenna.

Note if you like the band coverage of this antenna but don't quite have 135 feet available, then consider the BULLET-8006 with very similar band coverage but only needs 95 feet of wire that is end fed.


Chris Miller – Facebook 2/20/22

PAL OCF8010 vs Myantennas OCf SWR jpg - Snap On Split Beads

A tale of two very different antennas, and two very different companies... I started with the MyAntennas 75-10 strung across the top of a 15 foot hedge around my property, based on the company's claim on their website "Due to the High Impedance feed point, the antenna is less height-dependent. You can put it up at 10 or 50 feet in the air without much change in VSWR values."... Being new to the hobby and not getting the advertised SWR in this configuration, I reached out for help on the company's Facebook group... The owner berated me for not understanding how antennas work. I simply reminded him of the company's claim on their site. He would not reply to my emails, and kicked me out of the group... Fortunately there were a number of much more friendly and helpful people in that group that helped me to understand that height really does matter, despite the company's claim... So I used my drone to get the wire to the top of a tall palm tree on my property, and get very respectable performance out of the antenna... But being new, excited and curious, striving for knowledge and experience in the hobby, I wanted to see how the EFHW would compare to a similarly placed OCF... Palomar Engineers has multiple models that peaked my interest, so I reached out to the company to find out which model/configuration would work best. The owner of the company, Bob (AK6R) personally called me, asked questions about my location and my station, talked me through options, and explained to me the history and development of his "80-10 vertical radiator" model. This was the antenna he suggested based on the spacing and arrangement of palm trees at the QTH. Bob's willingness to share his knowledge and assistance was true to the spirit I have come to enjoy in this hobby... So over the weekend I contracted a tree service company to deploy the Palomar OCF just below the EFHW (You can see the ends of the two wires in the first photo, the EFHW terminating 5 or 6 feet above the OCF)... Performance is very similar where it counts as you can see from the SWR chart.... what's remarkable about the OCF is my noise floor drops 1 to 2 S units, which is huge for me, living in an urban environment where noise is obviously an issue... And of course the relatively flat SWR across the board, not just on points of resonance. I hope someone may find my experience between the two antenna types, or the two antenna companies, helpful. 73 KI6GEA

the ocf i purchased is the best working antenna i have ever had
wa6nrg john
NI5I: I was using a Buckmaster OCF, was given your 500 watt version second
hand, then bought your 1500 watt version from HRO last summer. I wanted
another. I love this antenna!
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Often it is difficult to slip beads on a cable because of a plug or connector. Split beads solve this problem. They come in two halves that fit over the cable. A plastic snap cover holds the two halves together and holds the assembly on the cable.

For RFI use, mix 31 is effective from 1-300 Mhz, mix 43 works from 20-250 Mhz, Mix 61 is for 200-2000 Mhz, and mix 77 favors .1-20 MHz. These frequencies are those of the interfering signal to be eliminated, not the operating frequencies of the equipment to be protected.

Not sure of what sizes you need or solving a RFI problem with devices using multiple size cables?  Try the Ferrite Snap On Combo Pack which has sizes from 1/4″ to 3/4″ with either Mix 31 (1-300 MHz) or Mix 61 (200-2000 MHz) or Mix 75 (150 KHz – 10 MHz).


Bead dimensions are shown in the picture below and in the table as A, B, C


Ferrite Split Bead Dimensions

Application Notes

Application Note for using these Snap On split beads: How Many Chokes do I need?

You can very effectively increase the choking impedance of smaller cable by using a large hole ferrite bead and wrapping the cable through several times.  For particularly difficult common mode current/RFI problems you may need a choking impedance as high as 5-10K ohms.  Using multiple beads and multiple turns through each bead will give higher impedances up to a point.  At higher frequencies, when the number of turns approaches an electrical wavelength, the choke becomes resonant due to stray capacitance and the inductance of the cable and limits the high end impedance values to less than the above table points.

Some example of ways to wrap cable are shown below.

Ferrite Split Beads with multiple turns of RG-58/59

FSB14 1 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/4 – 1 turn

FSB 12 1 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2 1 turn

FSB12 1 Open 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2 Open Shell

FSB 12 2 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2 2 turns

FSB 12 3 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2 3 turns

FSB12 4 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2 4 turns


More examples of split bead use

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Ethernet Cable on FSB-1/4

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Ethernet Cable on FSB-1/2 – 3 turns for 9X Impedance good filter for 15-30 mhz between 2K-3K ohms choking Z

Three Effective Radio Interference Filters

Effective RFI/EMI Chokes

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FSB-1/4 or FSB-1/2 4 turns for 14-50 Mhz 2K-3K Z

20131219 111243 150x150 - Snap On Split Beads

FSB-1/2-5 turns for 10-30 Mhz 2K-4.5K choking Z

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FT240-43 – 14 turns for 3-14 Mhz or use two FT240-43 for 1.8-10 Mhz

These snap-on chokes are useful for reducing RFI in public address system amplifiers, speaker wires, mic cables, mixer panels, coax cable, telephone wires, computer sound card speakers, dsl/cable connections, remote control heads for ham transceivers (Especially FT-100, FT900, IC-706, IC-7000), AC power cables, DC power cables, home theater cables, video cables, HI Fi cables, guitar amps, linear amp cables, etc.


They are also helpful in suppressing common mode noise/RFI in radio and TV receivers, audio and RF amplifiers.  They can also help suppress noise generated by treadmills, exercise equipment, fish tank heaters, oil heater pumps, fluorescent lights, motors, cable modems, DSL modems, computers, and many other electrical devices.  Common mode current reduction in computer cables often helps speed up computers.