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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Portable (not mobile) | Super Antennas MP-1 Portable Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Super Antennas MP-1 Portable Antenna
Super Antennas MP-1 Portable Antenna Reviews: 151 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $150.
Description: Covers 40 thru 6 Meters. Will cover 80 Meters with accesory coil MP-80. Capable of QRP thru 150 Watts. Coil Size 10.5x 1.25 inches.
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K5TED Rating: 5/5 Jun 24, 2015 21:02 Send this review to a friend
unexpected goodness  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got the MP-1, and tonight tested with the single extension, and telescopic whip extended about 75%, antenna mounted on my backpack frame sitting on floor, no radials, with FT-817ND on internal battery, 20m USB, indoors, tuned to flat SWR according to FT-817ND meter...

At 10:44PM CDT, heard KK6NON calling on 14.245 phone, answered, got reply and 5/4 report, carried on QSO, three exchanges.

I'm sold. Will be using this Field Day weekend.
K8HGY Rating: 4/5 Feb 11, 2015 15:00 Send this review to a friend
Support is good with W6MMA  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Antenna works great with the support of W6MMA at Vern Wright was very helpful in making the antenna work properly
K8HGY Rating: 2/5 Jan 26, 2015 19:02 Send this review to a friend
no product support  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Company does not respond to e mails for support. Parts missing, poor quality control. The antenna would work ok if it was assmbeled properly
KC9FJE Rating: 4/5 Oct 5, 2014 11:41 Send this review to a friend
great   Time owned: more than 12 months
I really want to give this 5 but I've had a couple issues. Im a renter so I mounted mine in my attic.

One, the counterpoise wires should just be scrapped and replaced. After I took the stock ones off and cut a set of 10 wires cut to about 16ft it was night and day. The main issue with verticals and why they get a bad rap is the poor ground systems provided. In Georgia I was regularly working south America on 10. Afterwords I'm working South Africa, Asia and Europe instead.

Second, I have had two parts break on mine. The first was the plastic adjustment screw. I've emailed them numerous times with no reply. Luckily it was loose enough to allow adjustment by twisting the coil (slow and tedious). The other part was the top whip broke. Admittedly this was my fault for not securing the antenna fully on field day and it tipped over snapping the whip. Luckily, all I had to do was solder the split portion back together.

Overall though its a great antenna. I've worked hundreds of stations and all continents in the past month on 10 meters with this. Half were even with it just clamped to a wood pallet in my yard!

I've yet to try it in a truely portable situation but once I get my ft817 out of storage I'll send in a separate review.
TA2AWT Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2014 09:41 Send this review to a friend
It is a superb antenna for field day  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I got MP1 Superantenna. Many times I tried it at Field Day Organizations in Istanbul. Of course we tried many types of antennas. Dipole, Long wire, Whip etc. But i got best result by only MP1 Super antenna. I made experience it with FT 857. You know FT 857 is made for unbalanced type anteenas. ( from manual :D ) Tested in range of 14 MHZ, 18 Mhz, 28 MHz. I have to say really superantenna is super.
DF1HX Rating: 4/5 May 24, 2014 09:34 Send this review to a friend
Great QRP antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am very pleased with the MP-1, i am using the "classic" version with the black cap over the coil.
I attach the antenna with the clamp supplied by the manufacturer to my metal balcony reeling what is an excellent counterpoise. The height is about 12m (abt. 39 ft.) I do not have a permanent installation, i set up when i want to operate, takes me about half an hour in total (up and down).
I operate on 10 - 40m, incl. WARC, with the MP-1 and my KX3, maximum power is 5 watts. All i can hear, i can work even breaking pileups works...well not every time.
My favorite mode is CW, however sometimes i do local ragchew via 10m relay DF0HHH, about 15 km from my QTH.
I am really pleased with this antenna, potential buyers should be aware that is is no "miracle antenna" but a classic GP requiring counterpoise(s)

5B4AHO Rating: 5/5 May 5, 2014 00:15 Send this review to a friend
Impressed!!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am currently building a Elecraft K1 to do some portable QRP CW, something new to me! I have just purchased an MP-1 antenna secondhand, and after suggestions from a friend,added a 9' Roadking whip to it. I was not holding out much hope of success with this small antenna, but thought would give it a try. My friend (5B4AJG) and I set up his FT817 in my rear garden, added the MR4020 (also have the MR1710 set) radial set to the MP-1, which I must say were easy to deploy and retrieve tangle free. Tuned the antenna quite easily with the help of my analyser and tuned around 15 mtrs, luckily the New England QSO party was happening so a lot of US stations were flooding in! I gave a call and to my amazement got a reply back on my first CW call, tuned again to another US station, again straight in! Then went to 20 mtrs and answered an Italian station calling CQ, again my first call was answered! Well I thought things were looking good for me doing QRP portable with 5 watts with my newly acquired MP-1, the big surprise came when my friend showed me the display on his FT817, it was not putting out the 5w I thought, but was setup for only 1w. I was over the moon to have had 2 US and 1 Italian contact without any effort from my garden in Cyprus. Looking forward to getting out QRP portable in the near future!!
AB1QX Rating: 5/5 Apr 2, 2014 15:10 Send this review to a friend
surprisingly good  Time owned: more than 12 months
My portable station typically consists of this antenna working against a park bench frame (and radials for 80-60-40). With my ft817 I get very good signal reports DX and domestic---some question my QRP status! I've gotten used to tuning it by simply counting the number of exposed coil turns for a very fast no-tuner tune up. I try to be careful with it and haven't noticed any of the mechanical problems some reviewers mention. A very nice light, effective,and small package. Highly recommended.
M0ITI Rating: 5/5 Feb 16, 2014 13:54 Send this review to a friend
Surprisingly Very Good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this antenna for portable use, but find myself using it regularly as my vertical co linear is u/s at the moment.

This little antenna packs a great punch. From my QTH at IO91sp I have had SSB and data QSO's to Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Eastwards into Asiatic Russia. Pretty impressive for this unobtrusive little antenna that is XYL friendly.

Although the instructions come with a template to tune the antenna to your desired band, I would always recommend using an antenna analyser to get best results.

I agree with some comments that the construction should be more robust. I'll just make sure I treat it carefully.

Worth every penny!
KC8YEC Rating: 5/5 Jul 10, 2013 11:55 Send this review to a friend
Impressive Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased this at Dayton 2012. I was testing it out in different configurations: ground mounted, tripod, vehicle mag mount, permanent mount... I spaced that the antenna was on my vehicle and pulled it into the garage with the whip up. So I have now replaced the whip. ANYWAY... I really put it to the test this year at FD. We put up a 10 x 20 tent and I was running my FT100 conected to a buddy's vertical on a 30' tower. After running through a tuner we finally got a match on 20m. We worked for some time and finally made a contact. We could hear 'em but not work 'em. Frusterated after trying for a while, I was going to put up my inverted "V". I decided to try this first. I clamped it to one of the aluminum tent poles with a jaws type mount. On 20M I nailed the next 5 calls on the first try. I was able to get a 1.2:1 match across the band. I got great signal reports and impressed the other operators at our FD location. The tent frame consisted of 6 legs and a 10x20' framed roof. I used no radials and it worked flawlessly. Later on we switched it to 40m with the same results. We did work some VE stations as far as DX goes. Testing it at home in MI prior to FD I worked Washington and S. Dakota on 20M as well. Like I said, I did replace the whip, and the one I purchased was from Buddipole. I'll be interested in trying some DX but am very impressed and would recommend this antenna to anyone.
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