In summary, the ZS6BKW antenna is an optimized variant of the venerable old G5RV. Unlike the original G5RV, which requires an antenna tuner on all bands, the ZS6BKW / G5RV is capable of operating on 10, 12, 17, 20 & 40m bands, generally without a tuner, and with SWR readings usually at 1.5:1 or less.
Using a tuner, 6, 15, 30 & 80m bands are attained with much higher efficiency than the original G5RV.
The ZS6BKW/ G5RV is completely assembled and ready to hang.
It requires about 92’ of space and should be hung around 40’ high or higher.
It can be hung in a flat top or inverted V configuration.
Unlike Windom and OCF Dipoles, the ZS6BKW / G5RV is a very forgiving antenna when it comes to nearby towers, trees, fences and other structures.
Posted by Jeff Morris on 23rd Apr 2016
So far this antenna is working very well. I am still in the process of getting it installed in its final location. The center is up at about 40 feet but I currently have it in a slightly inverted V. Still trying to find end contact points to have it in a complete horizontal plane. My only suggestion about the antenna is it would be nice to have the point where the coax attaches to the ladder line somehow recessed so the coax connection is protected from the weather. With the current connection unless the contact point is protected from rain/snow water will flow down into the threads of the coax connection. This would give it 5 stars.
Posted by Scott on 3rd Apr 2016
My XYL (K3TBD) and I (K3IVN) purchased this antenna to get our first HF rig on the air. The antenna was well built and works great. We strung the antenna between the peak of our house and a tree at the other end of our yard. The antenna is in a flat configuration about 30' off the ground, is connected to our ICOM IC-765 transceiver with 100' of RG-312. We just made our first QSO's with this setup and from Laurel, MD made multiple contacts in Indiana, Illinois, Ontario, Ohio, North Carolina and Maine on 40 meters at 100 watts! Our IC-765 has a built-in antenna tuner and hardly had to make any adjustments (it's rather loud when it is actively "tuning" when we tuned on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters. I would highly recommend this antenna for anyone. We can't wait to see how many states we can get with this configuration. The customer service was terrific and very friendly. This is how all customer service should be!
Posted by David J. Wilcox on 3rd Dec 2015
Just received my ZS6BKW/G5RV antenna. Looks like it is made of quality materials, much better than the MFJ G5RV that it replaced (but that antenna worked well and lasted for over 15 years in Northern Michigan climate). Now to get it up in the air and run some RF through it. It will be my basic antenna while I build some other ones over the next few years.
Posted by Carl Mannle on 13th Oct 2015
As an updare to my previous review, last night I tuned up the ZS6 on 80 cw, apprx 1.2 to 1 and shortly thereafter worked E51MQT with a good signal report.
Posted by ZL2CQ - Paul on 16th Jun 2015
June 16 & still amazed at the performance of this wire in the sky !
All the charts suggest NO PROPAGATION ...... wooops my Log is still racking them up on DX.
Broke the EU pileup into 8Q7CQ today on the 3rd call !
Still the best bang for bucks,
Posted by Paul - ZL2CQ on 11th Oct 2014
Hi, this is the 1st commercially made wire antennae I have had up, all the others were brewed variants that worked well for the location.
Having replaced a modified 3 Band Double Extended Zepp, this antennae resembles its performance on all Bands to date.
I Rate this at 5 Stars - it is obviously a "compromise" antennae & with a couple of basic add ons has proven to be more than foolproof for me 80m thru to 10m, therefore totally no hassle.
I have a minimum run of RG58CU Coax with a tuned Coil at tranceiver end & 6 Torroids at the Feedpoint.
ZERO RF on the feedline ! ...... & yes it handles up to 1kW when needed - here anyway.
The Antennae Apex (inverted config) is a 14m alloy 3 x section mast which equates to 60m above Sea Level.
If you have a Tuner & tune for max power out you will find there is a compromise of vswr & max power on tune.
Using the feed from the end to the shack of coax, torroids or flat wound electrical choke, it recommends 72 ft. of coax but that is relevant without a Tuner & in some cases questionable - just use a Tuner on all bands that it needs.
I consistently NOW run 30% LESS power input to the Amp. than I was for virtually similar results.
RX - have worked S3 signals on all Bands ......... however I am using an Elecraft K3 so I am a little spoilt in the receive department.
Check http://zl2cq.weebly.com/ for pics etc.
Bang for Buck - works for me no problem. Good DX to you.
Posted by WilliamWilson on 27th Aug 2014
I find this extended version of the famous G5RV antenna to be really a good antenna. with some more experimenting it could possibly be fully extended to not need an antenna tuner at all.William/AD0GB
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jan 2014
Very well constructed.