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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Fritzel FD 4 Multiband Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Fritzel FD 4 Multiband Antenna
Fritzel FD 4 Multiband Antenna Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $139.00
Description: Fritzel 3.5 to 30 MHZ 2kw Dipole (FD4)
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VK3KCG Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2004 13:16 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
Somebody down the page wanted to know if these antennas are still being made. I manufacture a 8 band version of this type of antenna.

The FD4 was a very popular antenna and I will soon be marketing an exact copy of the original version.

Peter VK3KCG
IC8OZM Rating: 5/5 Apr 21, 2004 06:30 Send this review to a friend
BEST WIRE ANTENNA  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used this since 1996, i believe is the better wire antenna. During the last rsgb contest, my hf9 dont work, two friends of mine where very surprised!
73 de ic8ozm
LA1TNA Rating: 5/5 Dec 25, 2003 21:16 Send this review to a friend
Works fine..  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently installed the antenna.
It is mounted from the top of the house (about 17 m above ground) over to a hill, and fixed on the other side to a tree.

It's installed horizontally, slightly V-shape.
It is working good without tuner on 6 bands with following SWR;
80 m, 1,7:1
40 m, 1,3:1
20 m, 1,5:1
17 m, 1,3:1
12 m, 1,5:1
10 m, 1,3:1

On the three remaining HF bands, I have measured following SWR:
160 m, about 6-7:1
30 m, about 4-5:1
15 m, about 3,5:1

It's working according to specs, and even better! It's good value for the money paid.
DF1AS Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2003 13:37 Send this review to a friend
Not Only for the Beginner ...  Time owned: more than 12 months
The first antenna I ever used.
The last antenna I'm using.

I also extended my FD-4 to an "FD-5". Means, replacing the 13m end by a 54m, so total length about 80m. Works great on 160, 80, and 40!

A bit expensive (170 Ä for the 5kW type) for what you get - but very reliable.
K4JRB Rating: 5/5 Jul 8, 2002 23:23 Send this review to a friend
Great Construction  Time owned: more than 12 months
Electronic Switch (ESCO) sold hundreds of the FD family of OCF Dipoles. The FD-4 (80 to 10) was the most popular and the antenna of choice on many Dxpeditions. There were four versions a 700 watt, a 2KW, and a 5KW module with the only difference being the size of matching balun. Its a real performer and was used on many Dxpeditions.

What happened is Kurt Fritzel passed away and his son had no interest in continuing the FD series of OCF Dipoles. He sold out to HOFI who makes a great coax switch (we sold hundreds of these too)
but we had difficulties in dealing with HOFI so we dropped both. If there is interest in a similar antenna to the FD-4 please let me know as the principal of ESCO told me he would be interested in building one here (he says he will call it the FRitz Antenna). Probably only one model he FRITZ FD4 with 1.5KW out balun.

73 Dave K4JRB
SM0RWO Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2002 06:09 Send this review to a friend
Amazing !  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got this antenna from a military installation where it had been in use for years. I had it up at my old qth for a number of years but when moving I forgot about this antenna and used a random wire instead. I wasn't satisfied with the random wire so I remembered the FD4 and put that between some trees behind the house. On the second qso I busted the Afghanistan (YA5T) pileup ! I get greater RST reports than many local hams and it's really working well on several bands. 18 MHz is a killer with this antenna.
WE1X Rating: 5/5 May 30, 2002 09:01 Send this review to a friend
Works Great  Time owned: more than 12 months
My FD 4 has been up for almost 6 years. Great construction, quality parts. Yes, a tuner is needed on some portions of some bands. On 15m the SWR is high, however, tuner brings it down and it performs very well on 15m. Over the years the antenna has begun to sag in the trees..but feedpoint is about 12 meters high and in a flat top configuration. Work considerable DX on 40m and higher. Would buy another.
ON4LG Rating: 4/5 May 30, 2002 08:21 Send this review to a friend
Not so bad!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have mine for 2 years and it doesn't work so bad. Been working some great DX on high bands. Unfortunatly the apex is only at 10 meter high: too low for low bands. Local QSO (Europe) are ok on 40 and possible if the noise is not so strong on 80.
I need to use a tuner on 80 only. The antenna doesn't work on 15 (you don't need to try!) even if I worked D68C on that band!
A good antenna for new comers like me: cheap, good results, light weight but need room anyway (40 meters : 120 feet!)

HB9IRF Rating: 5/5 Feb 22, 2002 06:57 Send this review to a friend
Brings sigs to your RX  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use a FD4 since 1986. I check it regularly but thatís all I do for maintenance.
It is basically a windom with a 6:1 balun at the feeding point.
It is up 10 m in a somewhat inverted V shape. So on 80m it needs some help from a tuner.
On 40m, 20m and 10m it works nicely, as one would expect for this type of antenna.
Since it is resonant on multiple bands the signal level at the receiver is high. This can overload the receiver, especially on 40 m here in Europe, with a lot of broadcast stations.

It is still available from They continue the Fritzel antenna business.

Usual disclaimers apply.
N5XQ Rating: 5/5 Nov 30, 2000 16:31 Send this review to a friend
Buy one if you can find one  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this my Fritzel for 3 years. It has worked great for me. The antenna is made very nicely. Mr. Fritzel has passed away and from what I understand the antenna is no longer made. When I purchaced mine from HRO, I knew they had it in stock for a while, because mine said "Made In West Germany"!! If I could find another one, I would buy it pronto. 73, N5XQ
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