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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Hy-Gain DX-88 Trap Vertical Help

Reviews Summary for Hy-Gain DX-88 Trap Vertical
Hy-Gain DX-88 Trap Vertical Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $369.95
Description: Trap Vertical, Ground Tunable
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K0DKJ Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2000 00:39 Send this review to a friend
Good ant.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
About four years ago I had one for about 6 weeks,
then sold it. (Won it as a prize). I've been
kicking myself ever since ! Side question: Will
MFJ ever market a good antenna rather than the
toy wire stuff they now have ?
W7ZR Rating: 4/5 Jun 8, 2000 19:42 Send this review to a friend
One of Better Verticals  Time owned: more than 12 months
Hard to rate a vertical a 5 but this one comes close. I have used this vertical on several dxpeditions where it performed flawlessly. This is a 160 (with optional kit) thru 10 including all of the WARC bands. It is a KW+ antenna that works well when tuned. Take your time tuning and measuring each band and you will be very happpy. Mechanically good electrically good. I did put some external relays on it to handle switching in the 160 section and that worked good too. Overall can't go wrong with this antenna if you are in the market for a vertical.
K7MMM Rating: 5/5 Apr 25, 2000 15:37 Send this review to a friend
Very good, but MFJ doesn't sell them?  Time owned: more than 12 months
I field-tested the first DX-88 off the assembly line, and used it for many years (and hundreds of new DXCC countries). The only problem I ever had was my fault anyway (I put too much power into the antenna on 80m and caused an arc in the 80/40 piston capacitors). After that stupidity, it wouldn't take more than 500W CW before the caps arced (or maybe it was corrosion, I didn't use Noalox when I built it).

Anyway, does MFJ sell any Hy-Gain antennas other than that "Patriot" thing that they advertise?
WL7M Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2000 14:24 Send this review to a friend
Good Value  Time owned: unknown months
The antenna went together well, tuned easily when adjusted per factory specs, and has a wide bandwidth with low SWR. Worked quite a few stations on all bands, including 160 meters from here in Alaska until a forest fire burned it down. Only two problems were experienced with this antenna: 1) - Manually "switching" to cover 160 meters is tough to do here in Alaska when there is 6 feet of snow on the ground and the temperature is about -30 degrees. Sure would be nice if it "automatically" covered this band. To use 160, you have to remove two connecting "straps" which otherwise short the 160 coil, then reinstall them to go back to 10-80 meter operation. Small nuts and bolts are hard to hold when you're wearing mittens! 2) - Hy-Gain needs to fire-proof their antennas. "Flashover" has a whole new meaning when everything around you is burning!

Joe, WL7M
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