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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | MFJ 2010 Help


Reviews Summary for MFJ 2010
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $59.95
Description: Ultra Lite version of the MFJ 2012 OCF dipole antenna
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-2010
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AE5J Rating: 4/5 Apr 17, 2013 07:25 Send this review to a friend
Great bargain...BUT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The antenna delivered is not the antenna advertised, and then maybe it is. The MFJ website implies the 2010 uses a smaller, lighter balun than the 2012 (high power, heavier cousin). The website says, "Virtually invisible 66-foot jacketed wire element."

The antenna as delivered does not use jacketed wire but plain old bare copper. Now at today's metal prices that is not necessarily bad. On closer inspection however, I discovered that what I received was not a 2010, but a 2012. The balun is different. The 2012 is a 1.5KW antenna, the 2010 is a 300 watt antenna. (Look closely at the pictures) The package says 2010, but clearly it isn't.

The photos show bare copper wire on both, not jacketed wire. This was either a mistake on the part of HRO somehow, or a mistake by MFJ. Either way, I got an $80 antenna for $60. I changed out the wire (saving the bare copper for another antenna and because bare copper does not fare well outside at my QTH) and installed jacketed copper wire which was laying around on a huge spool. Now I have a hybrid: 2010-style elements with a 2012 balun at a 2010 price point.

Oh well. The antenna performs exactly as other, more expensive, OCF antennas, which is to say impressively. The MFJ 259B shows several spots on the advertised bands where the antenna displays an acceptable SWR, so a tuner is not needed on those bands (40m, 20m, 10m) 6 meters needed a small amount of tuning. The WARC bands are easily handled with an auto tuner. 15m is the most difficult band to tune.

All in all, I found no issues with the design or operation. A bargain considering others are $30 or so more money. This antenna is very suitable for home or portable use. I recommend it, but be aware of what you may get.
 


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