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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | MFJ-1620T Help

Reviews Summary for MFJ-1620T
Reviews: 10 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $19,95
Description: HF mobile antenna for 20 m
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KF2XN Rating: 0/5 Jan 28, 2018 12:25 Send this review to a friend
Disappointed & Frustrated  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased a rail/mirror mount, 25' of LMR-240 and the MFJ-1620T & MFJ-1617T tunable mobile whip antennas with the intention to mount them on the cockpit rail of my 40' sailboat to get a better signal on those bands. I spent close to $100 hamfest price from a dealer at the fest. Spent an entire afternoon trying to tune each whip for the desired operating frequency using an MFJ-259B analyzer. To no avail, I could not come even come close to tuning resonance to my operating frequencies nor could I obtain an SWR that was below 5:1. Worse on 17 meters, I gave up in frustration. I think the product is crap. It's going back to the dealer tomorrow. Licensed ham since 1967 and no beginner at this game. I feel like I got taken to the cleaners buying this junk.
W7KZU Rating: 5/5 Nov 17, 2017 20:05 Send this review to a friend
Wow, really good for what it is  Time owned: more than 12 months
On July 3rd went portable with two of these on a dipole mount raised up 17ft into the air on a painters pole in the middle of a park. Meanwhile the hams I was with put up a 34ft military mast and 102ft inverted-V dipole up and I was hearing more stations/making more contacts than them! It's amazing what these can do.

Also, I operated out of my 4th floor apartment with an S9 noise floor running two of these in a dipole on a 4ft piece of PVC pipe and was working PSK31, CW, FT8 all day on 20 meters. According to PSKreporter my signal is heard around the entire country daily even with 0 sunspot days and high K index.

I just mounted one of the sticks on my truck's bed lip... going to be testing it out tomorrow.

It's $15, try one out and if one doesn't work, try the dipole setup.. it works like a CHARM.
K6MTS Rating: 2/5 Jun 26, 2015 13:07 Send this review to a friend
Work OK but fragile  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have over a dozen MFJ Ham Tenna's (6m-75m)and also have many of the Mini HF sticks.

While the mini stick performance is marginal, but OK-good when conditions are good, the full size Ham Tenna's actually work quite well.

Here is the problem I have experienced over the last 3 years: 3 of them now have broken near the base. The first one had no spring (MFJ says they don't need one, screw it right to your solid mount). The second 2 broke in the same place, even though I am using a large HD spring between the stick and the solid mount, located on the stout bracket solidly mounted in LR bed rail of my truck.

For a $15 item, it's not worth time/expense to ship to MFJ for 1 yr warranty. Last 2 I have reinforced with with multiple wraps of fiberglass. Time will tell if it stands up.

4 stars for performance but average out to 2 stars due to poor (cheap/thin wall) design.
SP5RE Rating: 5/5 Nov 27, 2014 12:07 Send this review to a friend
I've never used better than this one  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've made comparison with outbacker 2000 (multiband antenna with coil and wire jumper). MFJ has given 2 s higher signal; and Diamond BB2M (multiband too) - MFJ has giben 6 s stronger signal.
Using 100 W transceiver I've heard stations from other continents (even ZL). Driving around Poland it was very easy to make a qso with European countries. But ssb conntacts with US, Canada, Korea, Japan, Thailand and others were possible too, even during driving.
The antenna was on the triple magnet, on the van roof, next It has gone to a rear bumper (whole lenght of radiator was over the roof level). It has worked equally good in both places.
I haven't use a wrench to fix it in 3/8 socket so sometimes it has loosen. Tunning the antenna you should not insert radiator into the coil more than 1-2 cm (min lenght, just for fixing the radiator). If you do it, antana stops working. It is better to cut the top than to lower the radiator inserting the lower end into coil.
Now I have 2 years brake with ham radio in the car, but the new tarheel is wailting for comparison with MFJ.
AC2JO Rating: 4/5 Jul 3, 2013 06:10 Send this review to a friend
Best with a tuner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this to use on Field Day 2013 with my Yaesu FT-897D as I had scheduled a cross-country trip that weekend.

I followed the instructions for tuning it, but could not get the SWR to what seemed a reasonable level. Whether I simply was lacking the patience to spend the time to get it right, or it couldn't get any better- I don't know. In any case I finally added the bolt-on LDG 897 external tuner (which I fortunately already had) to the mix and it did the trick. Takes up a little more space in the car and was trying to avoid using it, but oh well.

At any rate, once that issue was solved the antenna did very well. Worked states as far away from the east coast as Arizona and South Dakota during Field Day (and got compliments on a "great signal" to boot) and later even hit DX from South America and Kuwait.

As a mobile antenna, I'm satisfied.

N4QCV Rating: 5/5 Mar 25, 2013 21:37 Send this review to a friend
HERES AN UPDATE ON MFJ 1617 17 METER ANTENNA   Time owned: 3 to 6 months

K1WJ Rating: 5/5 May 6, 2011 15:48 Send this review to a friend
MFJ 20M HF Stick Ground Mounted Vertical  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
MFJ 1620T is half the cost of the Lakeview "Hamstick"
Set up as ground mounted vertical with one 1/4 w counterpoise - 2 feet of the ground - of Arizona HOA - works very well. Many good reports stateside & DX.
The MFJ 1620T is a great value - have used as moble on truck - used 2 in dipole mount & now ground mounted - very happy with the results in all cases. 73 K1WJ
VE6OXR Rating: 4/5 Aug 25, 2009 16:24 Send this review to a friend
It Does Work  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well .. I have worked with this antenna on the roof of my car with a 3 magnet 3/8" mount. So far I have worked 2 hams in about 15 min of being on 20 meters. The first contact was in the Bay Area of San Jose California and the second contact was in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Like WOW .. it does work. I was running 100 watts on a Yaesu FT-450. This is from a mobile location in Western Canada. Does this antenna work .... yes it may not be the best antenna but it does get a signal out. What more can I ask for. Overall .. pleased with the performance.
K1WJ Rating: 4/5 Jun 19, 2009 05:54 Send this review to a friend
Works good  Time owned: more than 12 months

Made state side 20m contacts quickly upon install on my truck.

Quality of unit seems up to par with other "ham stick" type antennas.

So far so good, about 100-150khz band width.

Going to be using 2 of these for a 20m dipole soon.

73 K1WJ David
OE3HHB Rating: 5/5 Sep 17, 2005 13:59 Send this review to a friend
cheap and powerful - 60 DXCC's in 20 h operationtime  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I own this antenna since the 2. Sep. 2005. Purchased it together with a MFJ-336T magnetic mount ("Goliath 3-magnetic-mount, 3 x 5 inch magnets, 3/8" connector for antenna). First try was in the night at the 2. Sep were I logged OD, PY, 7X, CN and HK for the first 5 QSO's !!! The next 20 hours (different locations but most of them in the open countryside near Vienna) of 20m operation brought 60 DXCC's in my logbook. A Kenwood TS570D with 100 W helped me to do the job. I'm very pleased with the fast setup-time for the whole equipment (~ 7 min. for antenna, power, TRX and notebook) and it's performance. Hope to reach DXCC-status within the next 3 weeks. This whip should handle 250 W pep according to the manual. I measured VSWR on the whole SSB band below 1,3. Total length is 2,4 m (8 ft). The antenna is mounted with its magnetic mount on a VW Golf vehicle, in the middle of the roof.

see you on the bands, 73 de Harald, OE3HHB (Vienna/Austria)

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