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Cool Stuff: Versa2une FM Antenna

Shively Labs makes it easy to tune across the band

Profiling recipients of the Radio World “Cool Stuff” Award:

The Versa2une low-power FM antenna targets broadcasters who need a versatile, tunable solution to get on the air effectively and fast. Primarily available as a two-bay, 5 kW package (inclusive of power divider and cables), it is suitable for lower-power stations that contemplate a later frequency move, or for a group that wants a quick standby solution. It is also a “get on the air” antenna system that can be included with transmitters as a packaged system for use at up to 5 kW. It packs in a small, flat box for easy shipping.

Versa2une can be tuned in the field without special skill or test equipment. The process consists of setting the basic radiator dimension for high-band (98–108 MHz) or low-band (87.5–98 MHz) operation, and then fine-tuning the radiator to frequency by adjusting the threaded tuning stubs (four in total, and all the same) to length using an included tuning chart.

Pricing ranges from $1,200 to $6,000, including power divider, depending on number of bays.