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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Butternut HF9V Help

Reviews Summary for Butternut HF9V
Butternut HF9V Reviews: 75 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $604.95 USD
Description: Work 9 popular bands; 80 thru 6 meters with a single, highly efficient vertical radiator only 26 ft. tall!
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W9BJS Rating: 5/5 Mar 15, 2016 16:45 Send this review to a friend
Additional Data  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I purchased this Antenna from DX Engineering, the phone help was outstanding.
I assembled the antenna using their recommended Copper paste, the recommended radial plate, 20 omni directional counterpoise / ground radials with landscaping hoops to hold the wires down.
The grass has overgrown the wires and are not noticeable anymore.
Please read the instructions, they are well written, but you can get overwhelmed during the tuning process.
Do tune with an antenna analyzer, no room for guessing here.
I have made recent contacts to Southern Argentina, on 10 meters.
Not bad for a ground mounted vertical.
Now that the weather is warming up, I am going to re tune the antenna and pick up those other bands that I did not initially tune for as I just got my General License.
Again, I really like this piece of equipment.
W9BJS Rating: 5/5 Mar 11, 2016 10:41 Send this review to a friend
I am totally Impressed  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I got licensed in October 2015,and went through the gambit of antenna shopping, for verticals. In my location, I have to be sensitive for home owners association issues. You Know the drill. I listened to the rants about counterpoise versus no counterpoise.
There are a number of fine vertical antenna manufacturers out there, and I looked at them all. Honestly !
I wanted a simple(not here), inexpensive(not so much),and a well performing antenna system.
When I buy something I try to buy the best for the current need and for the near future.
I honestly did not want to spend the money, however, I ordered the Butternut, and downloaded the manual for study.

When it arrived, I studied the instructions "AGAIN", then followed the instructions and the recommendations for building and installing this unit.
Finished unit pictures can be seen on my QRZ page. Due to the weather, and my license at the time, I did not tune all the bands, rather just the ones that I knew I was going to use right away.
I have 20 thirty three foot counterpoise radials, just under the grass, the only part besides tuning that I did not like..

Use an antenna analyzer on this antenna for set - up. If not then don't buy this antenna, you will do you and your equipment a major disservice.

Since I have been on the air, I have learned that there are a bunch of these out there, if not in use, torn down and stored, people are just not getting rid of these antennas when they move on from it.

The performance of this antenna outstanding! I always get complements on my signal for the power that I am running all the time.
I am impressed with each and every long distance contact the I make. I am in the phone bands primarily, and that is what I am tuned for.

I am running a Yeasu FT-991 usually with the power turned way down.

It's not a beam, for sure.
If I had it to do all over again, I don't believe that I would do it any differently!
I like this antenna system, Again the performance is just outstanding.
W5WSS Rating: 5/5 Nov 3, 2015 12:17 Send this review to a friend
DXE- Butternut  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
DX Engineering recently acquired the brand. I included with the antenna their DXE brand radial plate/W their UHF coaxial splice connector mounted to the Plate body,DXE Radials(60),Jet lube SS-30 assembly paste, and their pre assembled 100ft DXE 400MAX w/their newly patented UHF silver connectors.
The performance of this classic multi band vertical antenna with the combined DXE RF Radial system is excellent...The contacts are excellent! I also included a Balun Designs Max choke model 1115DU at the antenna feed point.
NE8P Rating: 5/5 Dec 1, 2014 06:58 Send this review to a friend
Still My Pick  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had three HF6/9V's over the last 30 years. Just ground mounted the third one since I've moved to a new short-term QTH and can't put up the tower/tribander.

I still think this is one heckuva vertical antenna. Just played in the CQWW CW contest on 10 meters and worked 105 DXCC entities in eight hours of operating (with 500 watts.) That's pretty darn good! On the other end of the spectrum, it works surprisingly well on 80 meters also (acknowledging it's rather limited bandwidth) as evidenced by logging FT4TA and needing only about 15 minutes to do so.

However, know that a good radial system is very much a part of the recipe. I use fifty, fifty foot radials.

Highly recommended.....

Mike, NE8P
M0NST Rating: 5/5 Nov 22, 2014 10:05 Send this review to a friend
mod  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
fir the 17m section had plastic insulator melting so replaced with cermic tile cut and drilled now swr 1.2 on 17m antenna now perfect.
good mod wish I decided earlier
NN6CH Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2014 11:48 Send this review to a friend
Great All band Vertical  Time owned: more than 12 months
MY dad owned two - one permanently mounted, one just for Field Day

I have had mine for 6 years.

I am in an antenna restricted neighborhood, so I have the HF9V behind a palm tree on my property.

This thing works and works and works.

I have DXCC on 6 bands and WAS on 7 bands using this antenna exclusively.

It may seem a bit more expensive than others, but this antenna really works, I can not recommend it enough
M0NST Rating: 4/5 Jul 31, 2014 13:12 Send this review to a friend
good but manual and comenents need more anttention  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
cheap replacement caps found here if you break one higher kv that original here my results now if bencher had made it more durable better assemble had redo the q coil connectors badly soldered , the rg 11 also badly soldered pl259 as well as the soldier crimps, use copper its a better quality of cable than steel caps weak but now got the antenna tuned within acceptable limits. If the manual and above had been done properly I would have given it a 5. but tuning needs analyser and a lot of patience. 6m will be raised a little at some point but its acceptable for now. Be careful on 30m coil the cap is very brittle. Here is my new results. Im a lot happier now with it:-

Measured within Band Actual Measured Best SWR Near Band Comments Percentage out
Freq SWR R Xs Lowest Poss SWR Band Freq R Xs
160 M 1.800 Low 2.0:1 160M off by 0 KHz 0.00%
Ctr Freq 1.900 High 2.0:1 0 KHz Bandwidth at 0.000 Center Freq.
2.000 Ctr of Band 0.000 200 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

75/80 M 3.500 9.4 Low 2.0:1 3.689 80M off by 0 KHz -0.05%
Ctr Freq 3.723 1.4 High 2.0:1 3.757 69 KHz Bandwidth at 3.723 Center Freq.
4.000 16.2 Ctr of Band 3.723 500 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

60 M 5.3305 Low 2.0:1 60M off by 0 KHz 0.00%
Ctr Freq 5.3678 High 2.0:1 0 KHz Bandwidth at 0.000 Center Freq.
5.4050 Ctr of Band 0.000 75 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

40 M 7.000 1.5 Low 2.0:1 6.906 40M off by 27 KHz 13.37%
Ctr Freq 7.100 1.1 High 2.0:1 7.347 441 KHz Bandwidth at 7.127 Center Freq.
7.200 1.3 Ctr of Band 7.127 200 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

30 M 10.100 1.7 Low 2.0:1 10.065 30M off by -2 KHz -4.00%
Ctr Freq 10.125 1.5 High 2.0:1 10.181 116 KHz Bandwidth at 10.123 Center Freq.
10.150 1.6 Ctr of Band 10.123 50 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

20 M 14.000 1.4 Low 2.0:1 13.478 20M off by 261 KHz 74.43%
Ctr Freq 14.175 1.3 High 2.0:1 15.393 1915 KHz Bandwidth at 14.436 Center Freq.
14.350 1.3 Ctr of Band 14.436 350 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

17 M 18.068 1.8 Low 2.0:1 18.035 17M off by 21 KHz 21.50%
Ctr Freq 18.118 1.5 High 2.0:1 18.244 209 KHz Bandwidth at 18.140 Center Freq.
18.168 1.5 Ctr of Band 18.140 100 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

15 M 21.000 1.5 Low 2.0:1 20.778 15M off by 226 KHz 50.33%
Ctr Freq 21.225 1.1 High 2.0:1 22.125 1347 KHz Bandwidth at 21.452 Center Freq.
21.450 1.1 Ctr of Band 21.452 450 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

12 M 24.890 1.1 Low 2.0:1 24.587 12M off by -34 KHz -34.00%
Ctr Freq 24.940 1.0 High 2.0:1 25.225 638 KHz Bandwidth at 24.906 Center Freq.
24.990 1.1 Ctr of Band 24.906 100 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

10 M 28.000 1.3 Low 2.0:1 27.409 10M off by -477 KHz -28.03%
Ctr Freq 28.850 1.5 High 2.0:1 29.338 1929 KHz Bandwidth at 28.374 Center Freq.
29.700 2.4 Ctr of Band 28.374 1700 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band

6 M 50.000 1.4 Low 2.0:1 47.272 6M off by -2496 KHz -62.39%
Ctr Freq 52.000 2.2 High 2.0:1 51.737 4465 KHz Bandwidth at 49.505 Center Freq.
54.000 3.4 Ctr of Band 49.505 4000 KHz Bandwidth Needed to cover full band
50.549 1.1
M0NST Rating: 4/5 Jul 30, 2014 19:23 Send this review to a friend
a lot of work tuning   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I give it a 4 due to the fact im not happy yet with its tune the tuning could be better got 16 wires 10m long buried plus 3m x2.4 m of mesh under patio as earth for it , I want to get 18m and 20m lower swr any tips here's my results so far
75/80 M 3.500 9.8 Low 2.0:1 3.678
Ctr Freq 3.723 1.1 High 2.0:1 3.768
4.000 16.2 Ctr of Band 3.723

40 M 7.000 1.5 Low 2.0:1 6.917
Ctr Freq 7.100 1.3 High 2.0:1 7.347
7.200 1.4 Ctr of Band 7.132

30 M 10.100 1.3 Low 2.0:1 10.063
Ctr Freq 10.125 1.1 High 2.0:1 10.191
10.150 1.4 Ctr of Band 10.127

20 M 14.000 1.5 Low 2.0:1 13.526
Ctr Freq 14.175 1.4 High 2.0:1 15.423
14.350 1.5 Ctr of Band 14.475

17 M 18.068 1.8 Low 2.0:1 18.038
Ctr Freq 18.118 1.7 High 2.0:1 18.243
18.168 1.7 Ctr of Band 18.141 1.6 all through band form 100
15 M 21.000 1.5 Low 2.0:1 20.780
Ctr Freq 21.225 1.1 High 2.0:1 22.100
21.100 -21.450 1.2:1 Ctr of Band 21.440

12 M 24.890 1.0 Low 2.0:1 24.500
Ctr Freq 24.940 1.0 High 2.0:1 25.205
24.990 1.2 24.853 1.2 24.940 1.1:1

10 M 28.000 1.3 Low 2.0:1 27.313
Ctr Freq 28.850 1.6 High 2.0:1 29.305
29.700 2.5 28.309 swr 1.3

6 M 50.000 1.3 Low 2.0:1 48.020
50.200 1.2 :1
High 2.0:1 51.612
54.000 3.5 I have not finished tuning yet will have another go tomorrow will raise 6m a it and try and get 20m down any tips
in uk we do not have the 7.2-7.3 MHz part of band.
due to the amount of tuning and not completely understandable instructions (a lot hazy in places ) I had to repair this several times as I have retuned(fine tuned) it now about 150 times . sometimes this ahs thrown the antenna out a lot , I have my manual tuner in bypass mode for tis antenna so these are native figures, I used mfj269pro for taking he readings . any help for getting 20m and 17m down lower would be greatly appreciated as I would like tom use my ft857d on this antenna as well as "my boat anchor" the ts530s which I a brilliant radio , reason being putting a switch in to switch between radios some relay system, and the 857d don't like swr being greater than 1.5:1 as a rule where the ts530s handles that with ease
The radials are buried.
the resulst are a cut and paste form the xls spreadsheet made by ac8de but with my results in.(avail in the yahoo group) .
oen tip for you guys I have found don't always move the mount sometimes just adjust the coils for fine tuning(ie stretch of compress a little). movie the up or lower swings the swr to much
VE9AA Rating: 4/5 Oct 14, 2013 09:01 Send this review to a friend
good all around antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Would probably give it a 4.5 to 5 if literature and pictures were better and tuning instructions were clearer. I can see that this would be an *extremely* frustrating antenna to tune without a graphing antenna analyzer of some kind. I used a aa-230pro, and even then it was about 15 trips up and down the ladder plus it had to come down 3 times to tweak 6, 10 & 15m, unreachable from the stepladder.

I have mine at 8' (just on the edge of a shed roof) with 2 sloping radials per band. (40m radials do double duty on 15m, and no radials needed for 6m). They slope down to about the 5' mark onto fencepoles (wooden) on the back of the property. I won't ever do on the ground radials again. Too much loss and too much hassle with the lawn tractor and corrosion :-)

swr on 20m is broad and close to 2:1

Performance is pretty good for a unity gain antenna.

This weekend I ran 100w and worked the MAKROTHEN RTTY TEST, SAC SSB Contest, PA QP, AZ QP, NA RTTY Sprint and general DXing. I compared it to a CW-160 all band OCF dple @ 25', and other wire ground planes at 10-12'. It was always as good and in some cases better than every other antenna.

Worth the money (I guess?) but expensive to buy and get shipped to your door in Canada.

If you need one antenna, this'll do it. It's quite adequate but no barn burner / pileup buster.

Be prepared for lots & lots of trips up & down the ladder and you'd be well advised to use something more than a normal bare bones SWR meter and radio. (unless you really enjoy going up and down a ladder !)

If you ground mount it, you'll still need to take it up and down a few times to access 10-15-6m

73 de Mike VE9AA
W4VKU Rating: 5/5 Aug 17, 2013 21:57 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic performer with excellent ground  Time owned: more than 12 months
First of all, i own 2 butternuts. They are HF9V and HF9V-X. Do not try to do elevated radials on this multiband antenna. It is an exercise in frustration. It will work so so with a so so ground.

However, i installed it right in the salt water at 8Q7 and it was a killer antenna. 40m LSB was like radio telephone everyday at grayline with 400w. It fared comprable with a 2 element steppir on 17m, polar path.

Putting it together takes time,since one needs to
apply the conductive grease. Use surgical gloves
when you put it together and tune it, to avoid
the mess in your hands.

Tuning is a pain i agree. Start with 80m and then
go higher. I did not care to get 10m to play.
However, 80m thru 12m was good. I run 200ft of
LMR 400 and that helped smooth out the high SWR.

Also tear down for shipping is not easy. One needs to be meticulous in removing and packing.
I broke the 30m doorknob cap due to shipping stress. Not a fault of the antenna, but careful
packing is the key.

They are good performers, but under the best
conditions. The antenna did not do to well on a
sandy beach, with the 6 radials on the sand. It
did pretty good on 20m, but not on 40m . So it
is ideal if placed in a perfectly conductive
ground. But for that matter, any vertical will
work well in that situation.

But, without any autotuner, not worrying about
carrying control cables etc, this is an excellent

The HF6V going is around $150 for a good used one
these days.

I will use it again for future expeditions in a
phasing setup and if you have a HF6V-X to sell
at a reasonable price, pse drop me a note :)

Good luck & 73s
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