Tarheel Antennes

Tarheel Shortwave Mobile Antennas

Tarheel antennas are short HF mobile antennas, which use a integrated motor to cover the entire shortwave band (aka screwdriver antennas). The cylindrical, weatherproof lower section contains a large air coil and the solid 12V motor. With the large air coil these antennas have a much higher efficiency than slim antennas of a comparable length, as a drawback these antennas are much more visible...

Located on the lower section are various stainless steel whips, depending on model. Included in the shipment is a 6m long control cable ready to use, the cable is fused and includes a ferrite bead to eliminate interferences into the supplied manual control unit. The antennas have a 3/8" thread on the bottom, the smaller models can be installed directly to any vehicle base with 3/8" connector. The Little Tarheel II could be easily installed for example on the triple magnet base , article 11115.

The included manual control unit can be replaced by an optional automatic control unit. Thus unit stores once found settings and can recall them easily. The required sensor which counts the motor revolutions is integrated into all Tarheel antennas.

Little Tarheel II

Frequency range 3,5 — 54 MHz, 200 W PEP, max. length 1,37m

The most often requested model, used when larger antennas are just that - too large. The lower section is just 40cm long and 4cm wide, the stainless steel whip has a length of 80cm. This makes this antenna very suitable for smaller cars, without too much negative impact on the overall view.
The manufacturer says that you shouldn't be mislead by the small size of the antenna. In contrast to larger models it can be installed on a higher position on the car, yielding in a much better radiation and less earth losses.
If the antenna is used with the optionally available 1.5m long LT-56 whip, you will see an improvement of approx. 3 dB on 40m and about 5 dB on 80m. The covered frequency range is approx. 3.4 to 30MHz with the long whip. Operation on clamps like the 20069.38 (see below) is possible.

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11900 Little Tarheel II, 3.5 - 54MHz, 200 W 536.00 € Buy now
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Tarheel M200A-HP

Frequency range 80 to 10m, 1500 W PEP

  M100A-HP M200A-HP
Length Motor unit 914 mm (3') 1219 mm (4')
Lenhgth of whip 1828 mm (6') 1828 mm (6')
Length fully extended (80m) 3352 mm (11') 3657 mm (12')
Length fully retracted (10m) 2845 mm (9' 4") 3149 mm (10' 4")

High power antenna with a special fingerstock material with 12kg contact pressure, which touches three windings of the coil simultaneously for best power handling. The body of the coil is made of glass fibre.
This antenna is often used as a stationary antenna. For installation on a mast please us the mount MT-1 with additional radials. Installation close to the ground is also possible, again with the MT-1 a ground peg, and optionally with the radial kit. The more radials you have the better the perfomance will be.

The M100A-HP and M200A-HP differ only in the length of the motor/coil unit at the bottom. The M100A-HP has a 30cm shorter motor unit and is better suited for top mount on a vehicle, or at any location without obstructions in the vicinity. The motor unit of the M200A-HP is longer and better suitable for sidemount on a vehicle, where the longer unit helps to let the coil reach above the vehicle cabin. For fixed installations at home both antennas are equally suitable.

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11905 Tarheel M100A-HP 640.00 € Buy now
11910 Tarheel M200A-HP 650.00 € Buy now
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Tarheel M300A

Frequency range 1.8 — 30 MHz, 250 W PEP, max. length 3.6m

The only antenna of this kind which also covers the 160m band. Of course you will have a hard time winning the 160m contest with this antenna, but it's still a good compromise, especially when the optional hat capacity is used for better efficiency. Construction like the M200A, again with galss fribre reinforced plastic body for the coil.

If the either of the long antennas are installed high on a large vehicle (RV, camper &c.) the maximum allowed height while driving can be exceeded. By using a shorter (optional) whip you give up the lowest band, but can use the other bands while driving. Arrived at the destination the longer whip can be installed again.

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11920 Tarheel M300A 640.00 € Buy now
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Technical data

Model Little Tarheel II M200A-HP M300A  
Frequency Range 3.5-54 3.4-28 1.7-30 MHz
Length lower section 40 120 90 cm
Diameter lower section 40 50 50 mm
Length of whip 80 180 180 cm
Total length on highest frequency 1.2 3.1 2.8 m
Total length on lowest frequency 1.75 3.6 3.4 m
Max. Power 200 1500 250 W PEP
SWR typ. < 1.5 < 1.5 < 1.5  
Weight 0.9 3.8 3.8 kg

Tarheel Antenna Accessories

TARGETuner fully automatic control unit

Targetuner

Finally the Tarheel antennas can be tuned automatically. The TARGETuner using an RF sensor for the SWR in the transmission mode, and switch the antenna properly.

In the control unit is a intelligent microprocessor integrated which determines the motor speed and direction. Gleichzeitig wird kontinuierlich der Antennenzustand überwacht. Changes through exercise, icing and moving the antenna are thus immediately detected by the control unit.

The RF sensor is installed directly on the antenna line in the near of the transceiver. It measures the foward and reflected power and transmits it to the control unit.

Optionally the Targetuner controller can be connected to the CAT interface of certain radios. With this CAT information the antenna can be tuned without transmitting. This connection requires an optional CAT cable.

  • Included in ship ment is:
  • Control unit
  • HF Sensor
  • RJ45 Cable between contrl unit and sensor
  • Power cable with Powerpole connectors
  • short coaxial cable PL/PL
  • 4pin connector for motor control of the antenna
  • Printed manual (engl.)
  • Quick Start Guide (laminated)
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TARGETUNER fully automatic controller 275.00 € Buy now
RB-XCAT8 CAT Cable for FT-817/857/897 11.40 € Buy now
RB-XCIV CAT Cable for all Icom with CI-V Remote 11.40 € Buy now
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Download: English Manual Targetuner (PDF, EN, 525KB)

Tarheel Radial kit

Radial kit

The massive stainless steel plate (6mm) is intended for use on the same pole where the antenna is installed. Max pole diameter is 35mm. The plate has a diameter of 23cm and offers 20 screw--contacts for radial wires. Included in shipment are 10 readials of 275cm length each.

There is no need to lay out the radials strictly in a star pattern. You can bend the radials, leave out some areas, just as the surroundings allow. The only limitation is that the radials should not cross over each other.

The radial plate should be installed as close to the ground as possible, the antenna as close as possible above it. All parts are made of stainless steel, except the wires.

Order No.
11930.GR Radial kit 89.50 € Buy now
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Tarheel Hat capacity

Hat capacity

When using the hat capacity you can either shorten the antenna: mit a 80cm long whip and the top capacity you will have the same efficiency as with the 1.8m long whip.
Or you use the hat capacity and the long whip and achieve better efficiencey especially on the low bands. The capacity is made of one 30cm stainless steel rod with 3/8" thread and the actual capacity made from eight 30cm long, horizontal stainless steel rods.

Note: When using the hat capacity with the 180cm long whip, the resonance frequency is shifted downwards, so that 10 and 12m are not useable anymore. When using the short (145cm) whip with the hat capacity all bands are available, but with reduced efficiency.

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11930.CH Hat capacity 95.50 € Buy now
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SDC-102 semi-automatic control unit

Screwdriver Antennen Steuergeraet SDC-102

The SDC-102 is a control unit for motor driven screwdriver antennas (not only the Tarheel models). It offers 10 memories, freely programmable with any position of the antenna. A push of a button recalls this position.

In addition to the memories the usual up/down buttons are available to move the antenna to any position. A very bright, 4-digit LED display shows the current position. The auto-park function sets the antenna to it's lowest position, for example to enter a garage. Additionally the counter is resetted to compensate for unavoidable count errors.

The SDC-102 constantly monitors the current to prevent damage to the motor. The max. allowed motor current can be set in the control unit, the actual current can be displayed for control purposes. Size 87x80x32mm, with mounting holes on the rear side.

Order No.
11930.SDC Steuergerät 165.60 € Buy now
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Trunk lid mount

3/8 inch trunk lid mount

Special version of the DIamond K-400 trunk lid mount with 3/8" connectir, suitable for LITTLE TARHEEL II.

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20069.38 Trunk Lid Mount 97.80 € Buy now
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Stainless steel whip

Conical whip, as spare part or replacement, with 3/8" thread. The model 11930.SS-6 is a heavy whip 5 mm diameter at the base.

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11930.LT-56 1.45m 23.00 € Buy now
11930.SS-6 1.8m 41.40 € Buy now
11930.SS-6B 1.8m, black powder coated 45.00 € Buy now
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Antenna Mount

Mount for stationary use or installation on trucks or trailers.

Connector PL female, the U-bolt clamp up to 35 mm pipe diameter. Mount/U-bolts/nuts made of stainless steel. Quick Disconnect No. 11930.KD T is included.

Consisting of a 3/8 "quick release and a matching insulated fitting with PL connector.
As spare part for the above antenna mounts or build your own brackets.

Attention, the article is suitable not only as a 'base mount' and can accommodate the bending moment of the heavy antennas not alone. The resulting bending moment is when driving intercept otherwise, the antennas must also be secured against loosening.

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11930.MT1 for M200A, M300A 159.00 € Buy now
11930.LTMT1 for Little Tarheel II 132.30 € Buy now
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Antennenhalterung Little Tarheel Mount Little Tarheel
Antennenhalterung Tarheel Antenna mount

Mounting Kit

'All inclusive' kit for M-200 / M-300, consisting of:

  • MT-1 mast/car mount incl. KD-T Quick Disconnect
  • 7m coaxial cable with PL connectors
  • Coax-seal
Order No.
11930.MTKIT Mounting kit 199.00 € Buy now
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Connector set

Steckersatz Tarheel Steuerkabel Set of connectors for Tarheel control cable.

For doi-it-yourself control cables.

Order No.
11930.CKIT Connector set 6.90 € Buy now
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Control cable extension

Tarheel Verlaengerung Steuerkabel Control cable extension

Length 6m, includes jack and plug.

Order No.
11930.CC20 Extension cable 28.20 € Buy now
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Kink adapter 3/8"

Knickadapter 3/8 Kink adapter 3/8"

Kink adapter 3/8" for heavy antennas for quick repositioning the antenna

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11110 Kink adapter 3/8" 25.30 € Buy now
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Quick Disconnect with PL socket

Tarheel Quick Disconnect Quick Disconnect

Consisting of a 3/8 "quick release and a matching insulated fitting with PL connector.
As spare part for the above antenna mounts or build your own brackets.

Attention, the article is suitable not only as a 'base mount' and can accommodate the bending moment of the heavy antennas not alone. The resulting bending moment is when driving intercept otherwise, the antennas must also be secured against loosening.

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11930.KD-T Quick Disconnect 29.90 € Buy now
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Quick Disconnect for heavy antenna whips


Quick Disconnect

Solid adaptor which is placed between lower part of the antenna and the whip. Allows fast removal of the whip.

Order No.
11207 Quick Disconnect 18.00 € Buy now
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