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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Hy-Gain 14AVQ Help

Reviews Summary for Hy-Gain 14AVQ
Hy-Gain 14AVQ Reviews: 35 Average rating: 3.7/5 MSRP: $189.95
Description: 10/15/20/40 Meters
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WC1X Rating: 2/5 May 5, 2008 23:22 Send this review to a friend
Poor workmanship  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Poor workmanship. One of the alluminum tubes was not swaged properly so I had to insert a shim to make a proper fit. Right out of the box the 10 meter trap was mechanically defective so I had to order a replacement from the manufacturer. I also purchased a 2 element yagi from the same manufacturer and had similiar/more extensive quality control issues.
N7OQ Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2008 18:41 Send this review to a friend
Best vertical out there  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this antenna now for 30 years, and it has served me well. It has been across the country and went to Germany with me, call there was DA1VW. It has been ground and roof mounted and works great both ways but I find roof to be the best. I have talked around the world with it and when I was back from Germany and Living in California I had a Sked every weekend with a friend still stationed in Germany and we had many 59 QSO's.

After a very bad storm we had this winter I could not get a good SWR, so I took it down cleaned the connections and found a intermittent 10 trap so took it apart and tightened the coil connections and put it all back together and everything works great.

I also found I could use it on 80 meters too by adding a Hustler 80 meter resonator above the top hat and after a little retuning it iwll now work 80,40,20,15, and 10 meters. Great vertical!
IT9JCB Rating: 5/5 Feb 15, 2008 15:43 Send this review to a friend
The best HF vertical  Time owned: more than 12 months
The 14AVQ is probably one of the oldiest trapped vertical still in the market, but I can surely state that It's still the best one. If you give a look to other HF vertical's reviews you'll hear guys speaking about fused traps, dummy loads, bad swr etc etc. I had my first one in the 80's, but the wind did its job and I'd always went back to a new one replacing the old, now I've my fifth 14AVQ on my roof still working great. Yes, there is another side of the coin: the 10 meters trap is not very strong and brokes after few years but, found the problem and fixed it forever with a simple mod. Whit this antenna you can load all the power you need very safely in a very wide 1.5:1 swr bandwidth. Of course the best you can do (like me) is to put the antenna not on the ground but on the roof, about 40 feet up and with two radials per band: in this configuration the antenna will probaby outperforms many triband beams mounted at low height, as I'm experienced many times in 20 years.
There is not a vertical better than this.

(but do not forget the radials !!)

73s Claudio
K6LLO Rating: 3/5 Jan 6, 2008 11:02 Send this review to a friend
Good Antenna, marginal contruction  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had MFJ purchased 14AVQ for three years due to great luck with same antenna in the 60's as a kid. I now live in dry high wind area. Two of the traps have failed twice - one with broken strap, and one with damaged insulator. All traps are loose and appear to be able to admit water. When working, I work DX from Redlands CA to Finland, Spain, and across the US. It is roof mounted with carefully tuned radials, and handled full legal power. Much better construction would make it a great antenna- more solid traps, wind proof, and water proof. It has failed again- and I loathe getting up on my sloping roof in the winds. If I do take it down, I am going to permanently seal everything and toss it if it fails again.
VE4AMN Rating: 4/5 Jun 25, 2007 20:17 Send this review to a friend
Oldie and goodie  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you read these reviews, the older versions always seem to get the higher rating. Either old timers are losing their memory, or the quality of construction has changed.

I had good luck with this antenna between 1982 and 1990, with just 6 radials and mounted on my grarage roof. The only weakness was the 10 meter trap where the connecting tab broke; I fixed that using some braid from coax.

I purchased an R8 for the flexibility (no radials); the advantage of 14 AVQ was having 40 meters, but then it did not cover 17 and 12. It would seem that recent production has slipped in quality. The moral is - pick one up at a hamfest that is 15 - 20 years old and you have a decent antenna. If you buy new, be prepared to do some remedial construction.
WA4QHD Rating: 1/5 Jun 25, 2007 04:46 Send this review to a friend
Poor Quality  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

Back in Amature radio after 25 years absence. I never had a store bought antenna, so I purchased the 14AVQ new at AES Cleveland.
Got it home & put together in about 20 minutes
But when I lifted it up it was like a wet noodle
Every trap was lose and it was embarssing to leave it up. Since AES has no returns on antennas I decided to fix it. I noticed that the 20 meter trap was up-side-down, and EVERY trap was lose inside the cover. Tightened all the screws and reassembled and it was straight. Finally got 1.5-1 SWR with difficulty. I would not recommend a NEW 14AVQ antenna due to shotty construction.
W5TD Rating: 5/5 May 21, 2007 22:16 Send this review to a friend
Worked for me!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was the first antenna I had when I first got a home station set up in 1981 (as KA0IFG). Bought it used at a hamfest, and just ground mounted it with no radials. Not the best setup, and it was up against the house also, but I worked a ton of DX with it. Something was wrong with the 15 meter trap, but it would load ok on 15m with a tuner. Didn't do alot of 40 meter DXing in those days, but worked around the world on 20, 15, and 10. Did work EU and the pacific a few times on 40 also.

This was a fun antenna. It won't outperform a beam, but if you have limited space give it a try.

N7OQ Rating: 5/5 May 20, 2007 13:43 Send this review to a friend
Best Vertical ever  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this antenna sense 1978 and it has traveled with me all over the world. (Retired AF) and to this day it had served me well. I have roof and ground mounted it the roof works best but ground mounting works very well too.

I did a mod to it recently, I had a Hustler mobile antenna I was not using anymore so I took the 75 meter coil element and put it on top of the 14AVQ above the top hat and to my surprise after a few minutes of re-adjusting I now have have a antenna that works from 10 to 80 meters.
IW0GVG Rating: 4/5 Oct 8, 2006 04:16 Send this review to a friend
Good!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I ground mounted this antenna without radials.
Only 250 cm of ground rod.
SWR measurement:
40 mt. 1.2
20 mt 1.1
15 mt 1.4
10 mt 1.1
My struments are MFJ and Revex.
I am still planning on adding radials in the near future.
Best the reception with interesting signals from the correspondents.
I have a Icom IC706 MKII with only 100 watts.
The calibration was a long.
The distances of the elements of the antenna advised from Hy Gain are indicative.
I agitated increasing the distance between the base and the first trap of 10 mt.
I used fat marine to protect the filettature.
The result is very satisfactory.
Good antenna.
Very interesting price

K6LLO Rating: 5/5 Jun 9, 2006 18:17 Send this review to a friend
Very solid  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had for two years using roof mount and sloped radials. Loads up perfectly on all bands and DX is the norm. Tried without the radials for curiosity and as expected, it was worthless. Workmanship is decent, without inverted trap as reported by many others. Missing a few screws- typical of MFJ- part of their business culture.
Mount it right, use radials, and you probably will not be disappointed.
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