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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Cushcraft MA5VA Help

Reviews Summary for Cushcraft MA5VA
Cushcraft MA5VA Reviews: 4 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $$270.00
Description: 5 band vertical with radials
Product is in production.
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N0AH Rating: 1/5 Oct 18, 2014 13:48 Send this review to a friend
poor QCx2  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Recently purchased/returned 10/2014- First antenna had enclosed two 10/12 meter traps, but not the 15/17M trap- Second antenna had a 10/12 meter trap with out RF connection to the antenna-Enclosed coax feed line was poorly constructed with both antennas-poor soldering and improperly cut to fit +/- connection feed points- (two short) I agree with previous comments made by many on this antenna- It appears to be a great product for filling a much needed niche, but disappointing QC-
W1DLA Rating: 4/5 Sep 11, 2011 03:17 Send this review to a friend
Works  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well, dunno what the problem is with the first couple reviews here. But, I bought one used and had it up for a year...finally replaced it because of the limit on power and to play with a beam.

Bottom line...the one I bought was pretty well made. I replaced the coax, threw it up and worked near WAS and a lot of DX on a few bands on it.

Construction quality was not a good as any I've tried...and it handled weather well. Tunes and goes up easily.

Just wrote the review because I felt the earlier reviews are misleading here.
VE2JKA Rating: 5/5 Apr 12, 2009 12:18 Send this review to a friend
I like it!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hi Friends,

wow after reading the two other reviews I kind of debated whether to post my review or not...Please note that this is my first omni hf antenna and bearing that in mind you might find my review totally out of contrast with the other(s) bellow, however this is my review un-edited.


I bought my ma5va antenna from durhamradiodotcom about one Month ago and waited for the weather to get a little warmer before I install it.

I know it's Easter Sunday today but, what ya gonna do! ..

Okay it took a whole two hours from unpacking, assembly, installation.

Excellent job on the manual as usual for most Cushcraft antenioums.

All instructions and measurements were followed as per the manual, I was feeling lucky so I did not fire up the antenna analyzer I went straight to the roof and up she went (approx 30').. (careful with the radials I installed them on the roof and had to go back down twice to pick up the fallen's tricky)...

Ok the moment of truth SWR! ... I am feeding this antenna with a LMR-400 and crimp connectors..

80' of lmr-400 @ 100W FM ts-2000x

20 Meters 14.168 ~ 14.300 1.1:1 avrg.
17 Meters 18.100 ~ 18.168 flat
15 Meters 21.150 ~ 21.350 1.5:1 avrg.
12 Meters 24.900 ~ 24.990 flat
10 Meters 28.250 ~ 28.700 1.5:1 avrg.

Bellow and above the described freq. swr starts rising above 2:1

20 Meter Band was quite, however I did manage these 2 qso's

First contact: Slovenia 5/3
Second: Georgia USA 5/9+

In closing.. No problems here.. 5/5

I took some pictures if you want to see them follow the link bellow.


N5IVZ Rating: 2/5 Aug 24, 2008 06:52 Send this review to a friend
Not the Old Cushcraft i knew  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought this antenna about a month ago. Instructions were confusing but i got it built. Very tricky on settings for the bands.

Not satisfied with the quality of the components. Balun was to be wrapped in cheap coax that was crimped.

I owned an R5 vertical that lasted me 12 years. My A 3 kicked butt.. this antenna does not measure up to the same quality...

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