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Hustler Vertical Reviews: 77 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $29.95
Description: 80-10 meter mobile coils for hustler mast.r
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N5XTR Rating: 5/5 Mar 31, 2010 12:49 Send this review to a friend
New and Old Setup, Both Great!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I was given an old setup of standard resonators (10,15,20,40,75m) and mast with center fold over. This setup was given to me by a ham who got them at a hamfest in 1973. They worked great for 2 years but previous repairs to the mast were wearing down. I bought a new mast with a lowered fold over, and Super resonators for 20, 40, 80m. I didn't see a big difference in the construction. Of course the resonators are bigger, the whip clutch was changed to set screws, the mast was the same construction.
The performance of these antennas are superb. Just look at the mobile antenna comparison in the November 2007 QST.
I even used the old setup QRPp and got 539 -> 589 reports on CW on 1 watt.
These antennas work Great.
VE7REN Rating: 2/5 Feb 11, 2010 05:18 Send this review to a friend
alright when they work  Time owned: more than 12 months
have had this setup of 80/40/10/17 for 4 years. work fair. water and weather really change this antennas swr,and performance. varies dayly a few set scews to hold whip in place.the water runs down the whip into the coil. i put silicone around the entry point on the coil,and still moisture goti n and created corrosion and grime,preventing good contact.for the money..........i guess they are a good starter mobile antenna . but i will never buy another.will be looking for something else now
N4DBM Rating: 5/5 Jan 29, 2010 04:36 Send this review to a friend
Great Antennas!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I own and operate the "super" resonators (higher power, more bandwidth) on 20 and 40 meters, and the standard resonator for 60 meters. They work well and seem to be constructed well. I am using a short mast (MO-4) and got all three bands to match up fine with the short mast. The bandwidth is what it claims. The match is pretty good, and the performance is what to be expected with a loaded whip. I am using the tri-band adapter, running 3 bands on the same mast and the performance is still excellent. I'd recommend these to anyone who doesn't mind having larger antennas on a vehicle. I have seriously enjoyed HF mobile with these antennas and for the price, you can't beat it.
AC4RD Rating: 4/5 Aug 1, 2009 10:33 Send this review to a friend
No complaints so far  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I used to work HF mobile from a big sedan with Hamsticks on a trunk-lid mount. I wanted to get active again from the car but now I'm driving a tiny econobox and park at work in a garage with only 8' of clearance. My old Hamsticks would not fit.

The last couple of weeks I've been using Hustler RM-17 and RM-20 resonators on the 36" mast sold by DX Engineering. Mounted at bumper level, this setup is just short enough to fit in my garage at work.

I've actually been a bit surprised at how well this setup is working. With ordinary band conditions and noise, if I hear someone at S5 or better, I can generally work him. Occasionally I can do much better. The reports I get are usually 3-4 S units down from the ones I give--if someone's S7 (5 by 7) in my car, he's likely to give me a 53 or 54.

I've only had them a couple of weeks, so I don't know how they'll hold up. But I've been pleased with the Hustlers so far: good performance considering the compromises in size and mounting location, and a good price. I'm also pleased with the DXEng mast--very nice workmanship, and their customer support is great.
KD5XB Rating: 1/5 May 8, 2009 16:27 Send this review to a friend
So long, old friend...  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used Hustler antennas since the '70's, on CB and later in the ham bands. The older stuff was GREAT, it was built like a tank, and just WORKED. The later stuff has been going downhill, and just today I started working with two new resonators, an RM20 and an RM17. I AM SHOCKED that they have been cheapened so much -- they no longer have that bulletproof clutch device, now they use two set screws to hold the tip rod in place, and overall they just look cheap. I'll use these until they fail -- probably in 6 months or less -- and then I'm going to have to go looking for something else.

So long, old friend...
AB7FS Rating: 5/5 Apr 29, 2009 00:36 Send this review to a friend
Good antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
Back in the 1970's I used a Hustler mounted on the rear deck of my Impala for many years - mostly on 20 metres - and occasionally on 80 metres.

At the time I lived in the Yukon Territory and frequently drove between Haines Junction and Whitehorse. My late night trips were spent chatting on the radio - it was common to work Europe and the South Pacific on the same night. The 'rare' contacts included Kure Island and Fernando de Norona. Not sure how many contacts logged (yes I did log them) but it was certainly in the thousands :-)

Now I'm installing a Yaesu FT857D in the car (after my summer trip -- six weeks in E51 :-) and I'm looking at mobile antennas again. The Hustler STILL looks good - of course - with a solid state rig I may need a tuner - can't load it up like the old Yaesu FT101 :-).
WD0BC Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2009 09:20 Send this review to a friend
HUSTLERS bring project together!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Retirement project comes together with Hustlers.

Recently retired I traded for an old ICOM IC-725. After repairs I installed it in my 98 Ford Ranger pickup.

I had used Hustlers years ago for a short time on HF mobile but no real test. I was not able to leave the rig in the vehicle.

Two months ago I started investigating again installing the ICOM in my vehicle.

I was talking about my mobile plans on the local repeater and was GIVEN a Hustler setup.

I received a long fiberglass mast with quick disconnect and an 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter resonator.

I installed a "Christmastree" tri-mount and put on the 80, 40 and 20 resonators. The unit was mounted on a trailer ball mount. I tuned the stubs in the center of the ham bands for each band using my MFJ 249 and stuck my LDG R-11 tuner in the line.

I have worked 15 countries in three weeks. I seem to talk to anyone I call. I am sure that the "mobile" on the end of my call helps but these "antiques" work to the hilt.

I sure am glad I came across these. I do not think that the Ham-sticks would have been as good and certainly could not work different bands without a lot of changing around.


Sometimes the "OLD" established stuff beats NEW stuff hands down.

The ONLY thing that I would consider trading these for is the "TARHEEL", but would have to think long and hard.

I rate them 5 of 5 in my log.

NOW for mobile CW and the 5 speed stick shift! OH MY!

KD3JF Rating: 5/5 Feb 12, 2009 02:55 Send this review to a friend
Worked DX  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have used the Hustler with the Super Resonators for many years. I use the 20 meter resonator most of the time and have worked European DX from Maryland. Installation is important. I have a van and use a 2 ft mast into the trailer hitch hole and then screw in the Hustler mast and resonator.

In the 80s I ran 2 hustlers on the rear of a station wagon. One time I had report of 20 over 9 for 150 miles and worked the other station from Indiana back to Michigan. The advantage over the screwdriver antennas is that the super resonator has its wire turns wide spaced. You will not have hot coils if you use the Super Resonator
N4GG Rating: 2/5 Nov 2, 2008 13:41 Send this review to a friend
Over-Rated  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Amazed at all the good ratings. Got my first chance to try the Hustler resonators for 40 and 20 on a balcony QTH with good radials. Got the SWR adjusted fine and got lots of crummy signal reports. Then I started feeling the resonators. They both run nice and hot at 100W. LOTS of wasted energy. A good loading coil won't even be warm - should dissipate less than 5% of the energy applied. If you like the reports you get with a Hustler - you will love something decent.
N9IVQ Rating: 5/5 Oct 24, 2008 08:13 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna System  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my Hustler RM series antenna mounted on a Ford Ranger for 4 years and been using these antennas for 20 years. I use the VP-1 adapter and have 4 resonators attached 3 canted and 1 center. RM10, RM20, RM40, and RM75. I use the MO3 mast. (The MO3 gives you 6 meters) so the antena covers 6, 10, 20, 40, and 75 meters. I cover the enitre general class voice segment on all bands except 75, and this is 40 Khz wide.. Antenna tunner takes care of that problem. Aside from the wierd looks I get, I am pleased with the antenna. Does it perform as well as a dipole, no. But then again its hard to get a dipole to go mobile. I have worked all over the US on all bands and have no complaints with the antenna except... Will someone please make a "REAL" heavy duty ball mount! Like the old MOTOROLA ball mount from the 1960's. The SSM1 is simply to light weight. With 4 resonators you do need to guy the thing. It is heavy! Since I have mine bumber mounted, I just have an insulated metal arm that is bolted to the truck's bed walls (near the top of the bed half way up the mast) and wire tied to the MO3 mast stabalizes the antenns. A bit of rubber between mast and mount insulates the two. It works great. As far as quality of build.. My daughter barrowed my truck and ran the thing through an underground parking garage. Though bent all to hell, everything still worked. 15 minutes and a vise and the MO3 looked like new again. Had to tighten the screw mount sleeve (where it crimps to the RM75 body, becuase the crimp they use came loose from the beating, 1-hammer, 1 vise, RM75 tight again. If this thing every dies, I will be getting a new one. I am very happy with the antenna. Performance? I have no complaints. As far as the funny looks go, just tell them you're a storm chaser, that seems to make them happy!
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