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of the MFJ-1979 16.5 foot stainless telescoping antenna.
Jul 1, 2013 14:20
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Excellent small space, no tuner antenna for 6-20 meters
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This has been a fun project and an excellent small space/ no tuner required/ stealthy antenna for 6-20 meters. My wife hasn't even noticed it yet! I paid $49.99 from giga parts for the whip and $8.00 for the MFJ-342 mount.
I stumbled on this excellent link before I purchased the antenna:
There you will see the setup in detail. I found Dave's web article, and he was even kind enough to answer questions in a few e-mails.
I have it mounted on a small aluminum stake in the yard using the MFJ-342T mirror mount. I have twelve 17' radials stapled to the lawn. You can tune this antenna by extending and collapsing the whip. Once you find the "sweet spot" for each band, you can mark it with a Sharpie or scratch it with a file to mark the spot. The SWR range is really quite forgiving so far in my case. A few inches up or down makes no real difference.
This antenna can be bought as a package with the pipe mount and a coil to add 40 meters. It's sold as the MFJ 2286 Big Stick.
As mentioned in other reviews, it can be used with fewer radials if they are elevated, but they must be cut to length for each band you intend to use. If the radials are on the ground, the 17' radials lengths for 20 meters works fine for the higher bands as well and require no adjustments.
It's been great for DX and stateside contacts so far. I actually worked New Zealand on it from North Carolina the first night it was setup. I mainly use it on 17 meters.
The whip seems to be of high quality. It is held together by friction only. There is no locking feature in the sections, but it seems tight enough to last for many seasons. I don't operate daily, so I collapse the whip and set it inside behind the door after each use. It would really be a great setup for portable use as well.
I was strongly considering the Hustler 4BTV before this, but for the difference in price, I'm glad to have the MFJ 1979 instead, even though changing bands requires walking outside and adjusting the whip. (about a 30 second process in my case.) I also love the fact that it packs away so easily.
For $50 I think it's a great addition to the arsenal of any casual operator, regardless of what antennas they already run or have space for!
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