Two experiments conducted by my customers
Then, a local long time customer was about to take a
motorcycle trip and he offered to document the USA antenna flag wear he
got. The results show an example of something I have always said about
flag wear. A major factor is location, location, location. I have always
said that your neighbor's flag across the street from you might last twice
as long or only half as long as yours. If his flag is all day in the sun
and your flag is all day in the shade, you will both get very different
Same thing with these little antenna flags. As the
pictures show, our friend has found out that he gets dramatically
different results with the flag being just about 20 inches LOWER on the
Keep in mind that these little antenna flags by their
very nature are not as heavy-duty as the commercial grade flags meant to
fly on giant flagpoles. Plus, these little inexpensive flags will be
subjected to far greater winds. If you are driving 55 miles per hour, this
little antenna flag is being subjected to a 55 mph wind. Drive 80 mph and
that is an 80 mph wind. According to Wikipedia, just a 10 minute sustained
wind speed of 39-54 mph is a tropical cyclone classification of 8-9 on the
Beaufort scale. And how many of you drive 39-54 mph? Get out on the open
road and how fast do you go? Go 64-72 mph for ten minutes and you are at
an 11 on the Beaufort scale. Do that in the North Indian Ocean and they
will classify you as a
"severe cyclonic storm".
Still, for what they are, I am thrilled with how well
these antenna flags do. They out perform any of the domestically made
antenna flags I have tried which is why they are the only USA flags we
sell that are made in China. The choice is to sell you American made
antenna flags that everyone complains about or to sell you a fine imported product
that is of good quality, a good value and that makes people happy. So you
USE TIP: I had another guy from Trail Creek,
Indiana test them. He had a couple dozen of the US made antenna flags we
no longer sell. He
tested them and sent back the results. One was labeled "45 minutes at 60
mph". It had already started to come apart. One he used for two weeks only
in town where he says he does not go over 40 mph. It had also begun to
fray. Then, he did an experiment. He sprayed one with spray starch and
used it for two weeks also in town. The starch made a difference. It had
frayed just a tad.
Still, it did not do as well as these Chinese made flags.
I replaced all his flags with these better ones.
How long will your antenna flags last? I have no idea.
It depends on how fast you go, where you go, and even where the flag is on your
vehicle. But I hope reporting what these two customers have told me
will give you an idea.
Antenna flags are really meant for parade use at a
crawling speed. I sell them with no promises that you will get the results
these guys say they have gotten and I sell them with no guarantee.