The Interceptor 10,000 is a product of 4 years of research, looking at all the other antennas, changing antennas, testing antennas, and the desire to have a high grade antenna, that could take a some power, stay up in the winds and not break, and "NOT" bleed all over into neighbors consumer electronics like some other antennas.
We started by rebuilding fine, old Penetrator 500 and Sigma 5/8 ground plane antennas. After looking all over the Southern California area and the internet, we ran out of these out of production antennas very quickly. While rebuilding the antenna we changed the design of the matching systems and as a result saw greater performance and lower interference. Strengthing the anetnnas produced models that were able to take the hostile high winds of the Mojave Desert, here in Southern California.
As the sources of the older antenna dried up, we decided to build a few Prototype Antennas and see if there was a market for them. Since then we haven't had time to stop working on supplying new Interceptor 10K's.
While building protypes, we asked people what they wanted from a vertical antenna. Five basic themes emerged:
The original concept was to build an antenna that was similar to the old Penatrator 500, built up to withstand the harsh environment conditions in the Mojave Desert. As a result, the first Prototype 5/8 Wavelength Antenna called the Mastodon 5000, or M5K was produced. The Mastodon antenna was close looking to the Penetrator 500, but was internally reinforced, and had a modified impedance matching system. Because of the changes we made, the antenna out performed the Penetrator 500 by several dB. However, the measured losses in the M5K lead to the design of the I-10K Antenna.
As the I-10K finished its prototype stage, tooling was made to allow production, rather than hand made prototype versions. The antenna was tested at a full transmitting power of 10,000 watts, and a wind speed of 104.5 MPH, without being damaged. To test the wind speed, The I-10K was mounted in a pick-up truck, driven at these high speeds, and the actual air speed was measured. We ended up ending the wind speed test farily quickly ended to prevent the testers from being incarcerated by the local law enforcement officials, who would probably think we where a little nuts.
The final result was an exceptionally performing antenna that is extremely well built. We've kept the I-10K's price competive by keeping it less expensive (in some cases by several hundred dollars) than many other Amateur and Commercial antennas having lesser quality materials.