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Old 1st Aug 2022, 11:53 am   #1
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Default Bespoke receiving aerial manufacture

I'm looking for a company that could produce a small batch of receiving aerials. The construction would be simple and the frequency would be within Band I. Any recommendations out there?

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Old 2nd Aug 2022, 2:56 pm   #2
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Default Re: Bespoke receiving aerial manufacture

This company has been in business for over 30 years;

https://www.sandpiperaerials.com/
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Old 2nd Aug 2022, 4:03 pm   #3
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I've used Sandpiper aerials since the 1980s. They're mostly involved in VHF/UHF types. I've found them to be very well made. They have had a large range and may well already have component parts suited to what you're doing. I'd recommend them as the first people to talk to.

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Old 2nd Aug 2022, 9:30 pm   #4
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I'd like to thank you both for the advice. I also had a separate PM. All have recommended Sandpiper, who do indeed appear to be ideal.

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Old 21st Oct 2022, 11:03 am   #5
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This company has been in business for over 30 years;

https://www.sandpiperaerials.com/
Something odd appears to have happened to this site. Perhaps Sandpiper are no more...

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Old 21st Oct 2022, 12:55 pm   #6
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With this economy anything can happen. Sandpiper used to do radio rallies and sold the
usual ally tubing, clamps, etc.

I did find this but have not tried them;
https://www.badland.co.uk/type/base-stations/1/
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Default Re: Bespoke receiving aerial manufacture

According to Companies House, Sandpiper Aerial Technologies Ltd are still an active company based in Wales. Lists employees as 1, so obviously a one man band.

Maybe try a landline contact ( if anyone has such a number)

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Iíve just used Sandpiperís web site to buy some mast clamps, so I can confirm both that theyíre still in business and that the web site is working.

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Sandpiper's phone number can be easily found by searching online.
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Old 22nd Oct 2022, 11:46 am   #10
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Default Re: Bespoke receiving aerial manufacture

The web address in post#2 send me to a legitimate looking video company in Wales. The DNS records for sandpiper look incomplete and are on the same IP address as video company.
Whether itís my DNS resolver thatís incorrect or the setting at the server end I donít know.

Has Graham says, the phone number is on the web.
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Default Re: Bespoke receiving aerial manufacture

Something whacky going on with the website. I wonder if they're still in business?

I found this info, which I guess others might have done:

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Sandpiper has been designing and manufacturing aerials since 1982 and are one of the industries leaders in design and technology. A family run business operating out of Aberdare South Wales. WE ARE CAPABLE OF MANUFACTURING AERIALS ON A ďONE OFFĒ BASIS AT COMPETITIVE PRICES, FOR OTHER FREQUENCIES. We only use non-ferrous products. All the fittings are stainless steel, brass or aluminium, so you can be absolutely certain that when exposed to any weather, you do not have to worry.

Sandpiper Aerial Technology Ltd
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Unit 5+7, Enterprise House, Canal Rd, Cwmbach, Rhondda Cynon Taf Wales, CF44 0AE
Phone: 01685 870425

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(The upper-case text is theirs, not mine).

Radioworld stock their antennas:

https://www.radioworld.co.uk/sandpiper-antennas

The used to attend many rallies in the 80s and 90s and their antennas were very well-engineered and keenly priced.

A lot of R&D must have gone into them.

From the late 80s to about 2005 when I pulled the plug on amateur radio, I had one of their seven-band verticals mounted at grounds level. It worked really well.
When I put it up, I coated it with Waxoil. When I took it down and remove the Waxoil, it was good as new.
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Old 22nd Oct 2022, 5:48 pm   #12
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As an alternative to the phone, their email address (as contained in the order confirmation that I received) is sales@sandpiperaerials.co.uk

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