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MFJ to Produce G0KSC Low Noise Yagis:

from G0KSC on January 3, 2017
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MFJ Enterprises, 300 Industrial Park Rd, Starkville, MS 39759, USA and InnovAntennas Limited, Unit 1, Fitzherbert Spur, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1TT, United Kingdom

MFJ Enterprises a manufacturer of a broad range of products for the amateur radio industry specializing in station accessories, antennas and antenna tuner units and InnovAntennas Limited a designer and builder of modern computer optimized directional antenna systems, today announced a partnership which will increase the availability of InnovAntennas smaller antennas in addition to providing a new and up to date range of computer optimized directional antennas for Hy-Gain and Cushcraft, two of the legacy brands of MFJ Enterprises.

Justin Johnson G0KSC, owner of InnovAntennas Limited (a member of the International Ham Store Group) who is also a contributor to the ARRL Antenna Book 2016 provided the following statement.

¡®¡¯This is really exciting news for both companies. InnovAntennas have not been able to fully service the US market due to an inability to meet global demand. The MFJ facility in Starkville MS will be building some of the smaller antennas we produce under the InnovAntennas label and I have already visited the factory last year to established production methods using MFJ/Hy-Gain and Cushcraft tooling.¡¯¡¯

Justin continued by saying ¡®¡¯most of our popular models will be covered by MFJ, including the LFA (Loop Fed Array) Yagi and OWL (Optimized Wideband Low impedance). Additionally, new computer optimized and yet unreleased HF and VHF mono and multiband Yagis will be released through the Hy-Gain and Cushcraft brands, neither of which have released new Yagis in quite some time¡¯¡¯.

Justin Johnson G0KSC has become well-known for his innovative variants of the common Yagi which boast direct 50§Ù feed points and low-noise patterns and feed arrangements. Dubbed the ¡®urban antenna¡¯ the LFA is well suited to city lots where noise prevents the hobby being as enjoyable as it once was. More recently, G0KSC has transitioned into HF multiband and monoband designs where he has embraced the compact ¡®trap-less¡¯ concept with the InnovAntennas CP-6 being an excellent example, providing 6 bands with a single feed in a package just 12¡¯ by 28¡¯.

It is expected that the first in this new line of antennas will be available by the spring of 2017 on a direct and distributor supply basis and it is advised that interest is place with MFJ Enterprises as soon as possible.

About IHSG

IHSG was formed in 2016 by three major ham and hobby radio companies in the UK, Nevada Group, Waters & Stanton and InnovAntennas. IHSG provides a one-stop-shop for the serious ham and hobbyist providing both the best equipment and solid, unbiased advice.

Contact any of our stores for further details or Email or for more information.

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MFJ to Produce G0KSC Low Noise Yagis:  
by ZENKI on January 3, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
We need more OWA products on the market.

Dual band 10 and 12 meters yagis which would be perfect for stacking. 6,7 and 8 element single feed designs.

A 15,17 and 20 meter single feed OWA yagi design with 5 for 20 meters, 6 for 17 and 7elements for 15 meters. This would be perfect for a 50ft spaced stack on a 200 ft tower.

Maybe even a 40,30,20,17 and 15 yagi with enough elements for a 70ft stack space. One of these at 70, 140ft and 200ft would make a perfect low sunspot number antenna.

I dont like being stuck on the traditional ham bands when these additional warc bands could use the same boom and tower space.

We will watch this space with interest. At the moment only Optibeam seems to have mastered multi element single feed multiband beam antennas.

RE: MFJ to Produce G0KSC Low Noise Yagis:  
by K9RJ on January 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Wasn't Force12 selling Innov antennas? Is that deal dead?
RE: MFJ to Produce G0KSC Low Noise Yagis:  
by ZENKI on January 5, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I thought that Force 12 was taken over by G0KSC like you. Maybe its just a marketing arrangement.

Optibeam should do the same. It would reduce the cost of their antennas and make them more available in the USA and the rest of the world. Optibeam could team up with M2 antennas who manufacturers superb quality antennas as well. Which would help Optibeam dominate the US market.

Even a company like JK Antennas could team up with Optibeam to bring cheaper and better designs to different markets.
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