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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Cushcraft MA8040 Help

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Cushcraft MA8040 Reviews: 16 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $310.00
Description: Vertical antenna for 80/40 with cap hat
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K1NG Rating: 5/5 Jan 27, 2006 08:43 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I live on a small lot in the western suburbs of Chicago, in the black hole! Since moving here from R.I., I have used several vertical antenna's, including 5BTV, SteppIR BigIR, and the ma8040v, and most recently, the new cushcraft ma160v. I have two ma8040v antenna's ground mounted w/dx engineering radial plates. Each antenna has 60 total radials beneath them. the assembly was pretty straight foward, there are quite a few peices of hardware consequently, inventory the peices parts prior to assembly as well as reviewing the assembly steps. Time to assemble was about 2.5 hours for the first antenna, and 1.5 hours for the second ma8040v.I have these phased and steerable, 56' spacing and each antenna is the same dimensions. I can defeat the array and drive one antenna. I spent several weeks using just one to determine how effective they were...40m 2:1 is the entire band w/ minimum vswr about 1.2:1. on 80m (stinger lengthened for the cw band) the 2:1 vswr 3.500 to 3.620, cushcraft advertises 100khz bandwidth, it seems I get a bit more...One complaint both of the ma8040v's required the loading coils mounting holes needed to be redrilled for the hardware to fit. This happened on the ma160v also! I called cushcraft tech support because the antenna's weigh about 9lbs w/ the majority of the mass being at the top, I was worried about wind survival. The manual does not speak to wind speed survival or antenna guying. Cushcraft responded quickly and told me to use a ss hoseclamp of proper size, placed about one foot below the 40m coil, and dacron line to ground stakes spaced 120 degree's apart. This has done the trick and I recommend this to everyone using the ma8040v. Now the antenna's remain secure in at least the 50mph winds of late. I have no reason to think they will fail do to winds in my area. BTW, I see no impact on 40m, due to changing 80m to 75m. These antenna's are well made, light weight and radiate very well. They are by far the best verticals I have used to date. The 5BTV's were good too, the steppIR was novel, robust, fairly effective and having the opportunity to house the radiator was pretty cool. The lack of 80m, cost$$$, and what became a real pain was the sloooooooow band changing, which seemed to take longer as the weeks passed. Additionally, when a band change was made,a loud noise was heard in my headphones until the antenna finished the band change. I have worked lotsa dx on 80/40 with these antenna's, instant bandswitching, 2kw power handling ( I run no more than 700w cw) low angle of radiation and easy assembly and installation plus $199.95 !!!

The ma160v is about 37' tall @ 1.805mHz, has a 50kHz bandwidth, comes w/400' of radial wire. It uses the same radial length and number as the ma8040v, plus it also comes with guy dacron line, guy assembly parts and the GROUND ANCHORS!!! All for $199.95. My first contacts on 160m from the black hole were DK8, EI7, LZ, and SP!!! I really like these antenna's, if you have questions, you may call me 630-236-1743 or e-mail john.olsen at
AC0DV Rating: 3/5 Jan 21, 2006 23:27 Send this review to a friend
Good DX  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Use a G5RV for my main antenna... got the MA8040 for a backup.. and also for the once in a blue moon weird DX contact that needs vertical versus horizontal.

As with a lot of verticals.. this is much noisier than the longwire.

In addition... as with verticals... be prepared to work on the ground system. It comes with a spool of 400' #18 enamel covered ground wire. Enough for 4 65' and 4 35' radials. You need probably 3 and maybe 4 times that many. (in my opinion.) I still only have the radials they sent put down. I can get a 2000' spool of #18 enamel magnet wire on the net for $60.00... so I'll have a LOT more radials in the spring.

On a few closer contacts.. went from S7-S8 to S2-S3 when switching from the longwire to the vertical. OTOH... on a few LONG DX (australia) contacts.. it didnt' change the receive/transmit by very much... so with more radials... this could end up being a much better DX antenna.

(I'm considering changing the 102' G5RV to a 140' Cobra Ultralite OR a 135' windom.. or a 135' end fed ZEP... or just a 135' 80 Meter dipole with ladder line feed. I can't decide on which. (Maybe build them all? hi hi.)

I'd buy it again... but I wouldn't use it as my "Main" antenna... only as a backup and perhaps an every now and again antenna to help out.

(RIght now I'm trying to use it with the MFJ 1026 noise cancelling signal enhancer... no luck yet.)
N4IN Rating: 5/5 Mar 20, 2005 11:30 Send this review to a friend
Great Job Cushcraft  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I installed this antenna in place of my old Butternut HF2V. I was very pleasantly suprised by the results, it plays very well on both bands. My HF2V always did a great job on 40M but lacked something on 80M, this was were the MA8040V shined. Very course this is not a head to head comparison. The construction of the antenna is quite light-duty and time will tell about how it holds up to weather and watts. My current impression is very positive though, as stated previously working DX stations on 80M that were previously unable to work. Will update if any dramatic changes. 73 Des
N6JET Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2005 17:31 Send this review to a friend
The perfect small lot antenna for 80 and 40 meters  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I live on a small lot and did not have enough room to install all 8 of the recommended radials. I was able to install one radial for each band. I was very pleased with the performance of the MA8040. I compared it to my existing Hy-Gain DX-88 and the MA8040 definitely gives me bigger ears. I am very much looking forward to the 160 meter version, which they say will be out sometime soon.
W6PH Rating: 5/5 Jan 12, 2005 09:18 Send this review to a friend
Excellent DX antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I received one of the first production models just prior to the CQWW CW DX Contest. Assembly was easy and I installed it on the ground in my back yard according to the instructions. I set it up for the lowest part of 80 meters. My bandwidth came out to be 75 KHz. On 40 meters I could cover the whole band. I operated a total of 12 hours on all three evenings from my NH QTH. My location is in a depression with terrain rising in all directions except the south. The results were very gratifying. On 80 meters, I had 196 QSOs, 17 zones, and 70 countries. On 40 meters, I had 219 QSOs, 28 zones, and 85 countries. In particular, I worked 2 JA stations
on 80 meters which I never did before in the last 30 years from NH. With few exceptions, I was able to work everything I could hear. This antenna has four 66 ft radials and four 33 ft radials laying on the ground. Although the instruction manual states that two people are needed to erect this antenna, I was able to install it by myself without any problem. To go on 75 meters, it is necessary to adjust the top element which is very easy. My upper element dimensions are 72 inch for the lowest part of 80 meters CW and 34.5 inches for the lowest part of 75 meter phone. This antenna is only about 27 feet tall and is fairly inconspicuous. Now I am thinking of phasing two of them! A great performer for a small antenna.
K4VGA Rating: 5/5 Jan 9, 2005 15:40 Send this review to a friend
Great 40/80 meter vertical  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Very pleased with antenna, low SWR, easy/fun to assemble and very impressive looking overall. I would definately recommend adding this one to your antenna farm!
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