The AV-534 is a heavy-duty stainless steel quarterwave VHF communications antenna. It is manufactured with a durable type stainless steel whip and large stress-relieved ferrule and comes complete with porcelain insulators and mounting hardware. The antenna is designed to operate at speeds of up to 350 mph and altitudes of 50,000 ft. It has a drag force of 0.56 lb @ 250 mph.
Stainless steel bent whip antenna w/ insulator & mounting hardware. 118-136 MHz. Wt. 3-1/2 oz.
Same antenna as described above but furnished with 96" lead of RG58 A/U cable with male BNC and ground strap with lugs. Wt. 7-1/2 oz.
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Very easy installation.
This is a very nice antenna that comes with everything you need to install it. It is durable for experimental and other types, and the price is friendly. I have used two of them with two experimental projects, pairing both with two Garmin 200 com radios with superb result. Installation is quick but tricky because you have to work on the inside and outside of the aircraft. Make sure you have an assistant to help. This makes installation a breeze (15 to 30 minutes). Also make sure you fortify the section you install the antenna. Finally, get the one with 96 rg cable because it helps with flexibility regarding length.
I am an A&P and this is the antenna of my choice. It would work fine on a RV or an ultralight
Very nice antenna, small easy to mount and comes with all hardware for installation. SWR when checked after installation was great. Installed it on a J-3 belly just aft of landing gear bungees.
The antenna seems to work better than the rubber antenna that came with my handheld com radio. The mounting stud threads could be about 1/4 longer as I had to leave off a washer and the data plate in order to have enough threads to install the antenna hardware. Even when holding the swagged hex nut at the antenna base with a wrench the antenna would still spin when torquing the mounting nut so had to hold the antenna at the bend with blocks of wood to keep it from spinning in order to torque the mounting nuts.
The antenna arrived here in the UK within a reasonable time and well packed for transit. it was exactly what I ordered. I would have given the order 5 stars, but I discovered there was a dry soldered joint where the antenna is wired to the coaxial cable fitment. Fortunately I discovered it whilst unpacking the system and easily fixed it with my soldering iron. However, it was fortunate I discovered it when I did, otherwise it could have easily come apart in flight causing complete radio failure. It indicated a lack of care by the manufacturer.
Threaded end is at least 1/8 too short. With a .025 aluminum skin there is just enough thread to to get the last nut on. If you need to add a doubler to add strengthen you will have to to leave off the data tag.
Dont buy this version. Had to have avionics side up a coax aND connection. Buying the same antenna with 96 inches of coax for 12 dollars more would have been smarter..
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The install kit is recommended for matching hardware. We have added a parts list for the install kit as in the overview tab as a PDF download.
P/N# AV-534 does come with the hardware for installation. If for some reason you misplaced the hardware or need replacement parts for installation, you will then need to purchase the install kit.
THE L IS THE SAME but furnished with 96" lead of RG58 A/U cable with male BNC and ground strap with lugs.
A mounting base is not included and not required for this antenna.
No, it is not recommended for belly installation. The angle is recommended for top mount.
Yes, this antenna will work with 8.33 spaced radios.
We build custom coaxial cables for antennas and avionics. Please see our custom coax page for more information.
No, P/N AV-534 can not be trimmed, the antenna frequency :118 to 137Mhz .
AV-534 includes the antenna with insulator and the mounting hardware
This antenna does not have an STC. It does have a TSO certification which allows install on certified aircraft. Please consult with your A&P to determine if this can be legally installed on your aircraft.