what is Hex beam
The Hexagonal beam is a wonderful little antenna, which is used to fulfil your multiband Communication activity in a decent gain. Compared to other mode beams, Hex beam is very lightweight multiband Antenna also it is directional.
History of Hexbeam
The hexagonal beam (or known by many as the hex beam) has become a widely popular antenna. It is
a directional antenna that provides great performance and does not require a full scale, expensive
tower. It allows the average amateur to compete with the big boys for DX.
The original HEX-BEAM was developed by Mike Traffic, N1HXA, in the early nineties. Mike says his
design was inspired by the snowflake. He spent much time in testing and analysis of the antenna and
developed the nesting concept that uses an inverted umbrella frame to allow multi band operation.
Mike invented many of the unique fixtures and components that became a byword among HEXBEAM
owners and after much experimentation introduced the antenna commercially under the
trademark, HEX-BEAM. It was reviewed in both CQ and QST magazines and soon earned a reputation
for being a pileup buster among its owners. For a number of years it was the only commercially
available hexagonal beam. Eventually, home brewers began building the “hex beam”
The Story behind Tahabeam
I have started building my first hexbeam in 2014, out of the general hardware available locally. During
that period one of my friend was in need of a hexbeam for his A7 operations. He insisted me to tryout
the prototype, out of the Chinese fishing rods available in Kerala- South India. Thus the prototype
was ready in 2015 beginning however it came on air in the mid of 2016 only. The prototype gave him
cutting edge performance even at a low height of just 3 meter off the roof top on two story building,
running pileups to W land and working many rare DXCCs, breaking pileups with just 400W.
The feedback gave me the confidence to build hexbeam again with high quality materials for a group
of hams. Thus taking birth of Tahabeam Version 1.0. Later on the model has been upgraded to export
quality Version 2.0.
Here there are two versions came out yet, the Standard model which can handle up to 600W pep and
QRO model which can easily handle up to 2.5kw pep (tested with a FU728F tube amplifier). So far
more than 20 nos of HEXBEAMs went on sale and successfully +deployed in more than 5 DXCC
entities and majority in the Middle East
♥ Six amateur radio bands, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters.
♥ Gain and front/back comparable to a two element full size Yagi/beam antenna
♥ 50 ohms direct feed, no need of tuner, low SWR & no loading / matching coils
♥ Low weight (10Kg) and low wind load making possible an economical mast structure
♥ Small footprint (3.3meters turning radios) & suitable antenna for urban areas
♥ No need of heavy duty and costly rotators, can go with TV rotator
♥ Broadband characteristics to work CW/Digital/SSB modes
♥ Construction from high quality hardware components
♥ Extremely Portable antenna suitable for expeditions.
VU2OT / A75GT
VU3KKO / A75GD
VU3OYY / A65I
VU3IAF / A65FF
VU2OLU / A65BK
VU2XVR / A65DB
VU3TCP / KF5NXL
VU3MFW / W2NPS / A45VU
VU3TQR / KW4CM / G7SLP / A65DR
VU2OY / W2AOY
The following organizations & expeditions using my HEXBEAM successfully:
VK9XT – Expedition to Christmas Island, 29th September until the 6th of October, 2018
8T4I – Field day special event station by Malabar Amateur Radio Society (MARS) 2017 & 2018
VU2BA- C Bhavnagar University Amateur Radio Club – India
NSET- National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal