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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | HUSTLER 4BTV Help

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HUSTLER 4BTV Reviews: 108 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $119.99
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KY6R Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2011 21:25 Send this review to a friend
Surprising  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm surprised at how well this antenna performs. I use it on my second station - which is a TS-590s, and compare this with my K3 running with lowband half squares and a high band home made 3 element yagi.

I have it mounted on the roof - with 2 elevated radials per band sloping down at 45 degrees, and also a home made 1:1 current choke.
AE5J Rating: 5/5 Jun 29, 2011 09:41 Send this review to a friend
2nd Review of a Great Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I last reviewed the 4-BTV in 2007 so I thought I would update since I brought the antenna down for R&R. I last had it up as a vertical dipole. It performed very well atop a mast for 4 years.

Recently I took it down and refurbished it and made some mods. I went back to a ground mount with radials but I added 30m, 17m, and 12m operation. 17 and 12 couldn't be easier as there are several good internet articles. Some PVC, wire ties, a hose clamp and wire is all that is necessary. 30m operation came with the add-on kit which adds a trap above the existing 20m trap and replacing the tubing above that. I now have a 7 band vertical that works extremely well.

Tuning this antenna can be a problem. Get a MFJ 259 and look at the trap adjustment procedure which can be found on the DX Engineering site. That will cure any tuning problems you may encounter.

All in all, the 4-BTV is an incredible bargain that equals, and in some cases, betters the performance of most modern designs that cost several times more. It also forms the base for inexpensive high performance mods that greatly increase its effectiveness. For the price, whats not to like?

KJ4SSX Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2011 11:34 Send this review to a friend
A super antenna.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have only had my vertical for about 3 months now. In that time I have had lots of complements on the performance of my 4BTV vertical. My typical SWR is 1:1.2. My highest is 1:1:4. I recently installed the 80M resonator. Although it doesn't give me the whole band what I get works well.

Mine is ground mounted on a 1 inch EMT conduit 4 foot in the ground. I have two #14 AWG radials per band. It was a little difficult to setup, but with the help of a couple of local Elmers, we adjusted the traps using an antenna analyzer and it performs well. The instructions for this were included with the antenna. I have talked all around the country, Canada, Europe, Russia and the Caribbean.
One fellow told me, he was going to recommend it to his son who is a new Ham. I just love simplicity and this antenna is it!
K1WJ Rating: 4/5 Mar 13, 2011 07:54 Send this review to a friend
Good  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had a 4BTV in MI up for 4+ years now added 12m & 17m mod myself - 1/4w wires attached to cap hat mod....easy. Messsed up 10m swr - no biggie this antenna not too great for 10M anyway.
Antenna to me works best on 40m & 17M & 20m.
Have 30 ground radials various lengths. For mutli band capability not too bad - easy to install.Did add DX eng. mod for direct coax connection at base of antenna.
One thing of note is - on 20m I have a ham stick dipole from MFJ at 25ft high - will generally ouperform the 4BTV by about 2-s inits on XMIT & RCV.
Since I just moved to AZ from MI the hamstick dipole will be the way to go for single band performance. Take care K1WJ Dave
WB0KZB Rating: 5/5 Nov 26, 2010 13:00 Send this review to a friend
Tried and true.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using a x-BTV since my Novice days in 1972. If you are willing to put in 16 to 32 radials (4 to 8 per band) you will have a great antenna. No radials, no performance. It also helps to put in a coax balun too. (

My system has 32 tuned radials and the adapters for 80, 17 and 12 meters (from DX Engineering) It has survived wind storms, ice storms, and heavy wet snow.

For full disclosure: Verticals are a little nosier than other antennas, just the nature of the beast.
W7KNA Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2010 16:38 Send this review to a friend
Good dollar value and when tuned works well.  Time owned: more than 12 months
My old 4BTV had been lying in my aluminum scrap pile for many years in the weather and I decided to refurbish it. Gathering all of the parts, I blue printed the various parts including the traps and lubricated the slip fit areas on the tubing with moly disulphide. I mounted the antenna on a five foot pipe and with only 180 degrees of radials and two per band fired it up. the 10 meter trap was off one "tweak" and after adjusting it the antenna does a fine job. 73 w7kna
KK9H Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2010 12:32 Send this review to a friend
Works very well  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought a 4-BTV to use as a portable antenna for Field Day and when on summer vacation. It was first used at my radio club's Field Day. We had it set up ground mounted in an open field with 40 radials (25 ft. each) attached to a radial plate. Using an MFJ 259B, tuning all four bands took only 15 minutes. Each section had to be adjusted as short as it would go and resonance was in the lowest portion of each band just as a previous reviewer had noted. We did not touch any of the traps, but since it was going to be used for CW, it was fine as is. We compared it to various single band dipoles that were up about 40 feet and didn't notice all that much difference, quite frankly. The 4-BTV performed beautifully, we experienced several pileups on us and during FD, what more could you ask? It can be broken down to four fairly convenient sections for transport and storage. Next it was taken up to the north woods on summer vacation. I just set it up exactly as it was used for FD and had many fun QSO's, both DX and domestic. 10M even opened a few times and I had good signal reports. I would recommend the 4-BTV to anyone looking for a 4-band antenna that is willing to put it over a good radial system.
WB4TJH Rating: 5/5 Sep 11, 2010 21:41 Send this review to a friend
Works well with good radial system  Time owned: more than 12 months
I just got this antenna out of the garage where it has been stored since I moved to SW Missouri from south Florida almost a year ago. This afternoon, I drove a 30 inch piece of water pipe in the ground, laid a dozen 25 foot radials, one of which connects to an underground water pipe, and two to chain link fences, and put the antenna up. SWR is not bad, but will take just a bit of tweaking. Tonight I managed to work several DX stations in Europe with 95 watts SSB on 40 and 20 meters. I had one of these antennas about 35 years ago, and was well pleased with it then. The real secret is to get a GOOD radial/ground system under it, and it will perform. I plan to add probably another 8 or 10 radials as I go along, but as usual, the 4BTV, properly mounted and tuned, is doing it's job very well. I found some cheap lawn staples at Lowe's, plus 500 feet of 17 guage aluminum electric fence wire for $9. The small diameter aluminum wire makes fine radials and gives good performance; best of all, it's a cheap ground system. My 140 foot Cobra Ultralite Senior at 40 feet outperforms the 4BTV for moste stateside contacts, but the Hustler really comes into its own on the long haul DX, where most of the time it equals or even betters the wire antena. Low angle radiaton really pays off for the long haul DX. It's a good, multiband antenna, but performance strictly depends on the quality of the radial system under the antenna.The only thing I have added to the antenna is the DX Engineering coaxial feet plate, so I can directly screw in a PL-259. That feed plate is well worth the 20 bucks I paid for it.
KK8ZZ Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2010 14:26 Send this review to a friend
Great Performer!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
NOTE UP FRONT THAT VERTICAL ANTENNAS OF THIS KIND WILL NOT WORK WELL WITHOUT SOME KIND OF RADIAL FIELD. Got the 4BTV used and added a few minor replacement parts from DX Engineering. I used the presets suggested in the instructions downloaded from DX Engineering (use those rather than the ones from Hustler). Though I probably have a little little touching up in length to do, the antenna loaded right up on 40 and I had a quick QSO with a W9 near Chicago. Note that I though I have a typically small suburban backyard, I laid down a radial field of 36 radial wires, each 32 feet long. DX Engineering suggests that it's better to lay down many radials of equal length that to try to cut radials to match bands. The 4BTV is quite unobtrusive in the back yard. I highly recommend the DXE radial plate and the tilt-over mount... makes raising and lowering the antenna MUCH easier and attaching the radials a simple and secure job. I'm VERY impressed with this simple, low cost vertical. DX Engineering seems to have the most experience setting these up, and I really recommend using their instructions and tuning tips.
KE7JFA Rating: 0/5 May 9, 2010 15:41 Send this review to a friend
Waste of time  Time owned: more than 12 months
Looks impressive but tuning is a PITA.
I have limited space and cannot run a bunch of wires all over my yard.
You have to constantly screw around with this antenna,
If you have 300 acres than this antenna is for you.
Complete garbage.
You get a better SWR with a wire antenna.
Tried mounting on a mast and same results.
I am probably going to sell it for a decent antenna.

Cmon Hustler, get it together.
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