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

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HUSTLER 4BTV Reviews: 106 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $119.99
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W1EMQ Rating: 5/5 Jul 10, 2009 17:27 Send this review to a friend
Excellent antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
Bought my 4BTV in 1971, used it in 3 QTHs both ground and roof mounted with radials. Put it away after 4th relocation to Central NY and it sat in the garage for 17 years. On July 9, I drove a 4' pipe into the backyard, put the antenna together, mounted it and attached coax. Fired up my Drake TR-4 on 40 cw, called CQ, and worked stations of 500-900 miles away with 599 sigs. This is a great 4-band antenna with provisions to add 30 meters and 75/80 meters with options. Although I don't have one yet, plan to order from DXEngineering the female coax mount for the base for quick connect/disconnect of coax. This antenna is less expensive than a beam, does not require a rotor, takes up little space, survives all the elements for decades, and is a solid performer.
N8CMQ Rating: 5/5 May 20, 2009 19:33 Send this review to a friend
Great vertical antenna!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I inherited my 4btv from a silent key in the early eighties. I set it up ground mounted with many random radials, and it worked the world!
I modified it per a QST article by Sevic and extended the lengths and the bandwidth improved!
I went off the air for an extended time, and am setting it up once again, however, I am being a little more scientific this time, I have 130 30+ foot radials on the ground this time!
For a 30+ year old, rebuilt twice antenna, it has held up fine and works like a dream!
WB3DDF Rating: 5/5 Feb 10, 2009 13:28 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Have had my 4BTV for about two months. Installation was very easy. The manual was written well. I installed it with the DX Engineering fold over mount, SO239 connector and radial plate. I first ground mounted it without radials. Then after I install 20 radials the antenna came alive. I now have 60 radials and decided to tune it. I bought the MFJ 259B analyzer and that was a big help. I was able to tune the antenna nicely by making small adjustments to the traps. For those that gave reviews for other BTV verticals and said that they couldn't get it to tune must either have a defective antenna or bad installation because I was able to tune my 4BTV without a problem. Never been a big fan of verticals in the past because they never worked for me, now I know why, I didn't add radials. I highly recommend the Hustler vertical.
WA4JM Rating: 5/5 Dec 27, 2008 14:54 Send this review to a friend
A great Antenna For Less Than $200  Time owned: more than 12 months
I came into possession of a used 4BTV. Considering the age of the antenna, I was impressed with the quality of the construction. You always take a chance on used stuff but I downloaded manual, tweaked the lengths and was pleasantly happy to find that the antenna came into spec rather quickly. The antenna is ground mounted with only two radials per band. Anyone living in Florida knows that the ground conductivity sucks big-time so am adding more wire.

I found the performance to be excellent for DX. For local contacts on 75 meters I still use wire.

This is a great antenna for those on a budget and living in CCR Hell.

73, John
K9FON Rating: 4/5 Dec 24, 2008 15:24 Send this review to a friend
radials are MANDATORY  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just got this verticle and put it up. When i started out i did not plan to install radials I just wanted to see if i could get the antenna to tune however, I plan on installing about 50 radials later when the weather gets nicer. I could not get it to tune at all on 10 meters and i even shortened the traps. No avail. So i broke out the snow shovel and shoveled a path for 6 radials. Fortunately, the ground was not frozen so the ground staples went in easy. After installing the 6 radials the antenna tuned. For some reason the antenna is hard to tune on 10 meters but 15 20 and 40 tune very easily. I plan to install more radials this spring or summer but for now it works pretty well.

But for anyone that is planning to buy a 4 BTV dont try to use it with no radials. It won't tune. Plan on installing at least between 20 and 60 radials.
WB4TJH Rating: 5/5 Dec 18, 2008 06:33 Send this review to a friend
Best vertical bang for the buck.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I used one of these 30 years ago, mounted on the house roof with radials, and was very happy with it. Recently, I acquired a newer, slightly used one, and ground mounted it with 8 radials to start. I have to say I am very, very, impressed. It does about the same job on long haul as my dipoles,even better in some directions, and fills in the spots where the dipoles are weakest. I measured it right from the book, installed it on a short metal fence post driven into the ground, connected radials just laid on the ground, and it works perfectly. I will probably add to my radial field, and bury them, as I go along, but overall, I have to say this is a fine antenna. At the prices it is available for from DX Engineering, is the best buy in a multi band vertical antenna, bar none. But DO install a good radial system under it. My radials, being on the ground, are not tuned lengths;most are random 25 to 30 feet or so long. I will probably add 30 meters and 17 meters to it in the future.
PD1JP Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2008 15:10 Send this review to a friend
Excellent performer  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I imported this antenna from DX Engineering into PA. Compliments for the excellent service from DX Engineering. After installing it on the roof top here at 10m height, I had to recalibrate all traps. It took me about 4-5 hours to get it tuned. With 4 radials for each band, 10m, 15m, and 20m, SWR is under 1.5 on all three entire bands. On 40m I only have 2 radials pointing East and Southeast, SWR there is still under 2.0 across 70% of the band.

I have tested it against full size 1/4 GP's on 10m and 20m, and the 4BTV does the same job. It is not a great DX antenna for 40m, but still I have heard some VK over here with it. When I work into Europe, I easily break through pile-ups with just 25W, probably because it does an impressive job at the somewhat higher take off angles.

It is well constructed. But I do not like how it bends around the lower tube section when it's windy. Here 15km from the coast, it is causing too much stress on the bottom parts. So I have modified the antenna and replaced the top 32mm diameter tube (the 1.5m above the spider) with a 10mm diameter tube. Now the wind load on the top section has decreased, decreasing the stress on the lower parts. It's electrical performance has not changed with this modification.
DC2KN Rating: 5/5 Sep 9, 2008 04:11 Send this review to a friend
nice Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Important thing first : I like this Antenna !
Last weekend I did set it up in a semi-portable operation. I had no Antenna Analyzer with me and tuned it with the internal SWR Reader of my FT-450AT. The location was far away from optimal, and I also had only one Radial per Band. Within two hours I had it set up with SWRs that the internal Tuner of the FT-450AT could tune it easily.
Nice Antenna !!

W0XXX Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2008 21:02 Send this review to a friend
It works!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Mine is ground mounted with 4 radials per band. The radial system is snaked around a garden area, and not spaced out at the base of the antenna like it should be. So the installation is a bit challenged.

The swr curves fall where they should, and it tunes. Tonight on 40m (4 july 2008) I worked east coast, deep south, and midwest easily.

Take the time and effort, add a good radial system, and tune it correctly. You wont be dissapointed.
KC8NTP Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2008 23:47 Send this review to a friend
Best antenna on 40m I've used  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am completely blown away by this antenna on 40m. I was helping out the people in the WPX contest yesterday (I don't compete myself), and could not believe the DX that I was getting on 40m. I worked quite a few VKs, ZLs, JAs, and just about every part of the world imaginable. The one that floored me was a station in central LU that said I was S9+15Db! I loved the fact that a lot of DX was working splits up into the General part of the band. I hope that I can get to a test session so that I can upgrade and work more DX on 40m; since I have noticed that most of the DX does not work split up into the General section most of the time. What was also amazing was the fact that I was breaking DX pileups on 40m with just 100w! I am a believer now when it comes to low-band DX and verticals!

The thing is, I still have the antenna ground mounted with only 2 radials. On my next days off I am going to put it up into the air and see what happens. K9EX does have a very valid point. I am sure that I am going to play heck -- once I eliminated some of the ground losses -- getting it to tune to resonance. I also know that once I get it tuned that the feed-point impedance is going to be lower than what it is ground mounted. Figuring out a tuning scenario is going to be the fun part, as I already know that tuning one band is going to affect the other; hopefully I can figure out a shunt feed that will work on all bands. After I have done a little studying, I realize that these type of antennas rely quite a bit on ground losses to make tuning of the antenna easier. I also found that an antenna analyzer is an investment that every HAM should make, since you can find out feed-point impedance and resonance almost quicker than you can blink.

Again, K9EX is very right, if you have a poor grounding system you should not have a problem, but once you improve the system and reduce ground losses you will get into trouble rather quickly. When I ground mounted mine I used a piece of mast pipe that is 6ft long and pounded into the ground with 2ft exposed; I also used an 8ft ground rod and two 33ft radials, and I played heck getting it to tune, so I know that if my ground system was improved more I would have even more trouble getting it to tune. If somebody does not want to deal with the trouble that is involved with tuning this antenna with a good ground system, they should just do a simple install and leave it at that.

I have had a chance to use it on 15m and it worked fairly well. As far as 10m goes, I have not seen an opening here to test it. I will be doing a mod to it for 17m in the near future as it is one of my favorite bands.

If you want an antenna that does fairly well on 20m-10m, and does a fantastic job on 40m this is the antenna for you. Be forewarned, however, this is not a plug-and-play antenna, and an antenna analyzer is very helpful with tuning.

73, John, KC8NTP, east central Nevada
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