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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Mobile & Accessories | Opek HVT-600 Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Opek HVT-600 Antenna
Opek HVT-600 Antenna Reviews: 12 Average rating: 3.6/5 MSRP: $79.95
FREQ. BANDS 1/4λ DESIGN: 80M(3.7 MHz)/40M(7.05 MHz)/30M(10.1
20M(14.15 MHz)/17M(18.2 MHz)/15M(21.1 MHz)/12M(24.95 MHz)/
10M(28.5 MHz)/6M(50.5 MHz)/2M(146 MHz)
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WP3TQ Rating: 5/5 Mar 8, 2019 23:16 Send this review to a friend
Setting up great  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I hade spare parts from my old hvt400b and use middle and stinger for 3.8-3.9- the hvt600 I adjusted for 10 12 20 17 15 and the only thing I just have to remember to place the jumper for each band I give a 5 but only cause I got all bands to work only cons I need to be changing stingers
WP3TQ Rating: 3/5 Feb 1, 2019 08:24 Send this review to a friend
Hard to setup without analyzing it  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I had the opek hvt-400b but some how it shorted, so I figured scince the 400 was easy to set up so got the hvt-600 boy what a nightmare to setup I setup the hvt400b stinger for 15m 17m 75m 20m then set. Up the stinger that came with the 600 for 10m 40m 30m 12m 10m I'm proud I got it to work but switching the wire and the stinger is a pain but for the price it works good got the antenna to work uesssss
K9IG Rating: 5/5 Jul 15, 2018 09:55 Send this review to a friend
Works for me!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Didn't expect much based on reviews here. Just needed something not costing an arm and a leg while an old ATAS is getting a refurb. Mounted the 600 on a well ground Comet mount on the truck. Using an FT-891, and then using the measurements as a guide from the provided cheat-sheet resulted in HI SWR - very high. I busted out the RigExpert analyzer and tweaked the antenna whip length and was at 1:5:1 SWR on 20m. Worked as expected, US/EU stations providing good reports.

Just ditch the cheat-sheet with provided measurements, use an analyzer (with good bonding on radio/antenna in a vehicle) and this antenna will work. Don't expect the world of it on the low bands, but it is capable.
K5BA Rating: 0/5 Feb 25, 2016 11:56 Send this review to a friend
JUNK  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this antenna a few years ago and could not get it to tune so I put it aside. Now, armed with a MFJ-233 I decided to tackle the problem again. To lay the ground work for my tests I tested the Opek antenna on my vehicle where my 40 meter Ham Stick has been working for years. The first thing I noticed about the Opek antenna is that with no jumper at all it resonates at 3.28 Mhz with the SWR less than 2. Shortening the whip only brings it up to about 3.82 Mhz. On 40 meters regardless where the whip is it resonates around 7.988 Mhz with the whip fully extended so lowering the whip will only raise the resonant point. All the other jump points p1 to p3, p4, p5, etc are so far off that the antenna is useless. I did test it for shorts in the base but found no problem. My other suspicion is the enamel was rubbed off during the construction and some of the windings are shorted. I have seen where other people have had a different experience than mine which suggests my antenna was built by an inexperienced trainee. Since it is too late to return it I am using it as a noise antenna for my MFJ-1026.
VK4KL Rating: 1/5 Oct 14, 2015 16:02 Send this review to a friend
Not happy-Jan  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Most expensive dummy load I have ever bought.
Tunes great 1.5:1 on 40 meters according to my SWR bridge and my antenna analyser. In practice I can barely hear a station that is s9+ on my dipole cannot hear on the HVT-600 at all and no one can hear me.
KB2CWN Rating: 5/5 Jan 28, 2014 13:42 Send this review to a friend
Great info  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was thinking of going portable with my IC706 and had my eye on this antenna for awhile, but after reading these reviews, it seems that its more troublesome to use this as a portable rather than a mobile setup, so I have decided to purchase something from Buddipole. Thanks for all the reviews, they are very helpful!
VE5EDE Rating: 3/5 Nov 14, 2013 17:45 Send this review to a friend
Good Antenna...Bizarre Mount  Time owned: more than 12 months
This antenna works the complete bands from 20m up with no problems. About 125 kHz on 40m and perhaps 25 kHz on 80m. Good contacts when conditions are favourable. It does what it says it does.

Alas, twice I have tapped an overhead tree branch and both times it has nearly destroyed the PL-259 base connector of this antenna. With epoxy, spit and bubblegum I brought about two resurrections. I went out of my way to buy the MFJ triple magnet mobile mount for this antenna with its PL-259. The MFJ mount is great, but this antenna has no flex at the base at all. If you strike a tree branch it might well dent your roof in the process of being destroyed. Not a good mount choice...any day of the week. A better portable antenna than a mobile...
N7WR Rating: 4/5 Oct 8, 2013 18:21 Send this review to a friend
Surprisingly good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I wanted to work HF mobile in my truck without the expense of a screwdriver antenna and without the inconvenience of hamsticks. Given the reasonable price of this antenna I thought I try it. I am surprised at how good it works. I use it on 40-6 meters with good results running 100 watts from an FT 450. Once I change jumpers to change bands there is no need to adjust the stinger as the rigs auto-tuner can find a match the transceiver is happy with. I regularly work DX with it particularly on 17 metrs
N2LWE Rating: 5/5 Apr 14, 2013 21:15 Send this review to a friend
Great Antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the HVT-600 about a month ago because for a long time I've been wanting to set up a portable station so I can take it outside in the summer and work some DX. I purchased the antenna along with a telescopic pole that raises approximately 15 feet with the connection plate supplied on the pole. I also purchased a small radial base. I screwed the radial base (4 radials)to the connection at the top of the pole and screwed the antenna on top of that. I attached a solid copper wire to the screw that holds the plate ontop of the pole. I dug a hole in the flower bed where it won't be seen when not in use and put a PVC pipe in the ground about two feet deep. I stood the pole in the PVC pipe and attached the other end of the solid copper wire to a small (4 foot) section of standard copper piping with a clamp right next to the PVC pipe in the ground. Within five minutes I was making contacts to Italy and Poland on 20 meters from New Jersey. Needless to say I have nothing bad to say about this antenna. I set it up in about five minutes everytime I want to use it and now enjoy doing some DX outside in the summer where I spend a lot of my time. Great antenna!
N8KIM Rating: 4/5 Mar 12, 2013 19:17 Send this review to a friend
impressive performer for semi truck use  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
okay I've only owned this antenna for a few days.
but I couldn't wait to review it based on my first try.
I love the antenna but I am concerned about the tuning as I like to change bands a lot. I suspect that once I do some measurements and keep a chart handy it won't be a problem. first contact was New Mexico from Detroit Michigan on 20 meters, propagation was just okay not great but I was 20 over s9. I believe the performance will be great the construction seems good but I recommend inserting a nylon washer in the so-239 as I have heard others recommend this to prevent accidental grounding of the center connector. I also replaced the whip (allen wrench type) screws with thumb screws usually found on the sides of CB radios for bracket mounting. this makes for easy and fast whip length adjustments. the center whip is a hollow tube that feels cheap but I suspect will be okay. I had to make my own mount out of a bulkhead connector and CB mirror mount in order to use it on my semi truck. I recommend buying or making a spare jumper wire.
the antenna breaks down into a short and easily carryable package. I hope to report back after I have more experience with the antenna but for the money $79 you sure can't beat it.
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