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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Portable (not mobile) | MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna
MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $99.95
Description: This Apartment Antenna lets you operate 40 through 10 Meters on HF and 6 and 2 Meters on VHF with a single antenna! Its universal mount/clamp lets you easily attach it to window frames, balconies, and railings. It also works great indoors mounted to a desk, table, or bookshelf. It's not a five element yagi, but you'll work your share of exciting DX! <br> <br>
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KG4ULT Rating: 2/5 Jan 19, 2011 18:44 Send this review to a friend
Definitely a compromise antenna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Purchased back in November 2010 along with my new TS2000. Not a competition station but im not into competitions so i thought it would fit the bill.

Well it is an antenna and actually receives remarkably well considering its size.

I currently have it 4ft off the ground and counterpoise is looped around the pvc railing on the first floor porch. I use to lay the counterpoise straight out but nosey maintenance guy.. and well i dont want to draw any unnecessary attention.

I rate it a 2 because you need to constantly roll back the counterpoise or roll it out for the different bands. Although it will work if you leave it laid out for the lowest band of interest and adjust the tap.

Also, when the antenna gets wet - on rainy days - the antenna will not tune at all!!!

Other than that the mounting system for the rails is awesome!! The antenna is built nicely.

So if not for the 2 issues i mentioned it would be a 4.5 - 5.
KB1NJR Rating: 3/5 Dec 16, 2009 20:26 Send this review to a friend
Hits local repeaters  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this antenna because, go figure, I live in a second floor apartment. I finally got it installed, but it took me a while to tune it for the 2M band.

Right now it's resonant at 144 MHz, and I'm using it for 145-146 MHz repeater work with a 1.7 SWR hooked up to my ADI AT-201 HT. It's hitting all of my local repeaters without a problem.

I have yet to try it on any other bands.
KB1QBZ Rating: 4/5 Feb 19, 2009 05:50 Send this review to a friend
Good For What It Is  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought this as my first antenna to use until I could get a better antenna up. It's not a beam, it's not a dipole strung 70' up in a clearing, it's not a 42' foot vertical with an excellent ground radial system.

But it is a decent antenna if you want to get out on HF. Operating QRP (an Elecraft K1), I made a fair share of contacts on 40 (as far away as south Florida, but mostly in a 300-700 mile radius) and contacts on 20 (as far away as the Ukraine and the Caribbean, but mostly in a 400-900 mile radius).

The antenna is mounted out of my 2nd floor window. The window faces to the west, is about 20' up, and faces electrical lines running north/south about 10' away and a busy street (lots of ignition noise).

I now have a Cobra Ultralight up in the back yard and use that for HF. I still use the MFJ for 2 meters and it does a nice job hitting the local repeaters with minimum power.

The key to getting the antenna to work is to listen with a receiver as you slowly move the alligator clip over the coil. Listen for max volume -- that's the right coil tap for that frequency. Then play with the length of the counterpoise until you get the min SWR. I use an inexpensive $30 SWR meter from AES, and the SWR meter built into a lot of rigs is perfectly suitable.

Remember that the counterpoise should NOT run on the ground -- it should be elevated at least two feet above ground. I found that I got much better results with the counterpoise outside the house than inside the house.
KI6AEU Rating: 2/5 Mar 10, 2008 08:26 Send this review to a friend
Better then nothing  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I live in a apartment on the second floor. I put this antenna on the railing and i ran a counter poise. For me it would only make contacts within about 500 mile range.

I hear tou can add more counter poise wires, But i have not tried that. how ever it does give a good match with a good tuner. The fact that you have to coil up a lot of the coax in a loop is a big turn off. Also the coax is cheap and low quality. I suspect this antenna would work much better with a higher quality coax.
KC5BYE Rating: 4/5 Oct 21, 2007 09:57 Send this review to a friend
MFJ 1622  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have just installed this antenna. Not much set up to it and was on the air in no time at all. Tuned it to 20 meters digi bands and, with the help of a SWR analyzer, was up and running quickly. First try was able to work New Mexico from New Orleans on RTTY. This is not going to be any earth shattering ham radio experience but when the situation is tight you can get on the air. I am in a condo with the antenna hidden on a second floor side rail of a balcony. Not the most optimum set up but out of site. This antenna is small enough to be easily hidden (coil, 5ft whip and mounting bracket), put up and down fast and clamped to just about anything. For the low cost it fits the need if you have no other option.
KD4ACG Rating: 4/5 Jul 13, 2007 16:23 Send this review to a friend
Surprisingly good performance in a small package.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Ok, I'm not telling you to take down the beam and put this in its place. But if you're like me, and you live in an apartment complex or other close quarters, this antenna will do a fine job of getting you on the air.

I purchased this antenna to go along with the Yaesu FT-857 and other assorted goodies at the '07 Hamvention. I do use a tuner, but have measured the SWR direct, and it will get to a low SWR if used properly.

Setup is easy. I just clamp it over the top of my balcony railing, tie it down for safety, tap the coil, extend the whip, set the counterpoise (all of which takes only about 60 seconds), and I'm on the air. The coil and whip can mount into the base in five different positions. I have my coil/whip at a 45-degree angle off the balcony. Despite being on the south side of the house, it does extend far enough from the building to get a reasonably unobstructed view of the northern sky.

Most of my operation has been on 20 meters, and 18 countries have been logged from this antenna during that time. I've used voice, PSK, MFSK16, RTTY, and SSTV. The biggest DX has been an MFSK16 contact to New Zealand. Got a nice signal report from ZL, too!

I haven't been able to form a good opinion about 40 meter operation, since the band can be quite noisy in this part of the country during the summer months. The antenna will go to a low SWR on 80m, but it doesn't do much there. As packaged, it's not designed for 80 meters anyway. On the other end of the spectrum, it seems like a good performer on 6 meters, with my longest contact to date going just over 1000 miles. Just waiting for a bigger opening.

Counterpoise matters, even if using a tuner. I took the 33 feet of counterpoise and cut it at certain intervals, then attached quick-connect terminals to each piece. By doing so, I can adjust the length of the counterpoise just by adding/removing sections.

As mentioned in earlier reviews, I do see potential problems with the clip used to tap-in to the coil. It must be carefully placed so as not to tough adjacent turns on the coil, and will likely break over time. Fortunately, the design of the antenna looks simple enough for the average user to maintain, using parts readily available in almost any electronics shop or hardware store.

Bottom line: If you're in restricted/confined space, but still want to enjoy the HF bands, and have about a hundred bucks in the bank account, grab one of these antennas. It's worth the money.
EA5CEC Rating: 5/5 Jun 23, 2006 08:25 Send this review to a friend
Works great!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This antenna works very well when you set it up as specified. The most of time I use it only for 40mts band (I own a magnetic loop for 30 - 10meters bands). I works all Europe with 50w in CW and no problem with Spanish SSB QSO (50 or 100W from Kenwood TS50s). The assembly is fast and easy, so yes, it is a good apartment antenna. And it is a good all time antena if you have few meters for antenna.
KB1MPX Rating: 5/5 Jun 13, 2006 06:38 Send this review to a friend
Works great!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have been on HF for 1 month now from our 3rd floor apt. I am running a Kenwood TS-570D and the MFJ 1622 antenna. I have worked 5 countries, and 7 states in my limited time on air. I have used SSB, CW, and PSK31. Most of my reports have been 59! This antenna really does work well when you set it up as specified. I simply followed the directions, and used the antenna tuner in my rig.
K5RIX Rating: 4/5 Mar 4, 2006 23:42 Send this review to a friend
Gets out OK  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
For what it is, the 1622 works fine. A finer clip is needed to tap the coil without having to depress adjacent windings. It's good to cut the rf ground wire (aka counterpoise) to a comfy length inside your building and install a single banana jack and then make a set of wires, each with a single banana plug, that will add up to a quarter wave on each band of operation. The Quarter wave rf ground wire is the key to success with this antenna. Also, I found that simply dragging the pigtail up and down the coil for maximum receiver noise gives a pretty good indication of where to hook on. I'm currently located on the sixth floor in Yokosuka, Japan very near Tokyo Bay (>200M) and this little antenna works pretty well for me. I'm considering painting it flat medium gray for stealth purposes.

Under current (March 2006) band conditions I can pretty much hear the world on 20, and a lot of stuff on 30. Remarkably, this antenna with 50 watts works all around Japan daytime on 40. If I had room for ANYTHING else, I wouldn't use this antenna. But with the correct rf ground "counterpoise" it beats the heck out of VHF FM. Pretty good.
WI7B Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2005 16:56 Send this review to a friend
Great for the price  Time owned: 6 to 12 months

Generally, I'm not a fan of all things MFJ, but with modifications this antenna is great for those of us with condo/apartment antenna restrictions. I added the 12 foot whip to mine and now have no problem tuning up on 80m with it. To the east of my antenna is a taller roof, but the other compass points are unobstructed.

Longest distance QSO on 80 is New Hampshire. Longest distance on 20m is Ukraine. On 20m and 40m, easy contacts to Japan, Alaska, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Even French Guiana.

For the price and convinence, can't beat it.
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