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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF Portable (not mobile) | Miracle Whip Help

Reviews Summary for Miracle Whip
Miracle Whip Reviews: 72 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $129.95
Description: The all-band rig-mounted whip for the FT-817 (and lots of other radios too...)
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LNXAUTHOR Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2019 21:05 Send this review to a friend
after 16 years, still works FB  Time owned: more than 12 months
purchased for a song at a hamfest in MD in a previous life; fast forward 16 years to life in a condo community w/antenna restrictions - my Miracle Whip, solidly constructed, had traveled with my FT-817 for many years, but now is attached to a Daiwa switch in my garage... it is used for a stealth receiving, and now to my utter amazement, a stealth transmitting antenna to my local repeater

that's right: from inside my garage, my 16-year-old Miracle Whip enables me to sit in comfort at my combo armourer's desk/electronics workbench and participate in 2M nets for emergency preparedness and rag-chewing...

i am so glad i purchased one when they were available - i almost sold it when i sold my 16-year-old FT-817 (to buy a new FT-818ND), but i'm glad i didn't...

the Miracle Whip is also a good companion to the Xiegu G90 20W SDR portable transceiver... but honestly, this antenna was designed for the ubiquitous FT-81XXX form factor and works very well...

i did make a modification just this year: drilled a hole in the back plate to add a small jack for a counterpoise - i was reluctant to do so, but i think it will help when going portable...

anyhow: you can buy clone versions nowadays and a British-made variant, but the original still seems the best to me...

and fortunately, i also purchased a Miracle Ducker when they were available (it also came with a whip, but separates to a BNC antenna); i've never used it, but the quality of construction is the same...

a real pity and a shame that the original maker is a SK and that the family never continued production - this antenna is an heirloom - and you can't say that about many amateur radio products...
G4BXD Rating: 0/5 Apr 21, 2018 07:55 Send this review to a friend
Load of ?*&^^&*(  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The only 'miracle' is that it lasts long enough to try and have one qso. Plastic case, hard to screw on fitting, poor contact switching, all round its a bit of tat. Any ham could easily make one, and far better, from bits lying around. The asking price is stupid. Thank goodness I did not fork out real money for this one. And now I see there's a 2018 version, costing even more!!!!!! Anyone thinking of buying one, read a book and learn how to make one.
KB2NAT Rating: 5/5 Apr 19, 2016 13:51 Send this review to a friend
Nice Niche Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I rated this a 5 because it does exactly what it should, It's obviously not a full-sized dipole, but for taking on a trip or using an antenna in a restricted condo, it's perfect. That's its niche! It's a bit pricey, but most complaints about the antenna are based on expectations beyond what anything with a 4-foot antenna could do.I took mine to Hawaii and clipped on a counterpoise and used it for ham operation. It's surprisingly good on receive, but don't expect huge output from the antenna (of course, it's easy to clip more wire on the end of the antenna). It does what I expected; for that, it was great.
W7IBI Rating: 4/5 Feb 21, 2016 10:26 Send this review to a friend
Out of business?  Time owned: more than 12 months
I tried to get in touch with the builder (VA2ERY) and the web site is now for a magazine. Robert stopped production due to failing health a few years ago and now there is no result when looking up his call. I have been using the MW for about 12 years on the FT-817nd and have had fine QRP results.
KJ4NWZ Rating: 2/5 Mar 27, 2014 10:17 Send this review to a friend
Miracle Whip QRP Antenna User Forum of FB  Time owned: more than 12 months
To all Miracle Whip owners and users. I searched for a group site on fb for the MW but could not find one, so I started one. All are welcome to join. I need some help with my mayonnaise antenna too.
N4QA Rating: 3/5 Dec 31, 2013 04:06 Send this review to a friend
Fair receiving antenna  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Perhaps not the classic Miracle Whip, mine appears to be somewhat different from commonly described units:

Copy & paste...

No QSOs as yet but have received several RBN spots while CQing at 5 watts out on 20 meters CW.

Does work as a fair receiving antenna, used next to my easy chair in the sunroom w/ no counterpoise.

It is what it is, as they say...

Bill, N4QA

KB1VXP Rating: 5/5 Oct 6, 2013 16:13 Send this review to a friend
Miracle Whip Ducker review  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using the Miracle Whip Ducker Antenna for about a year now. I use mostly for 20 M SSB, and some 2 M. For HF, I found a counterpoise was necessary. I typically use from a hotel room and I have made frequent 20 M contacts with just 5 W output from my FT 817. QSO's range from a few hundred miles to well over 2,000 miles. This antenna is nothing short of amazing, but I found that a counterpoise is absolutely critical.
N4KZ Rating: 3/5 Jun 20, 2013 12:43 Send this review to a friend
Compromise but it does work  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had my Miracle Whip for about 3 years. I have used it with my FT-817ND and made several CW contacts. I have used it mainly on 20 meters. My first two QSOs with it were from my kitchen table. I am not antenna restricted but liked the challenge of making contacts with an antenna designed for portability and convenience -- not performance. My first two contacts with my FT-817ND on the kitchen table with the MW plugged into the back were with a G and D4 stations. Europe and Africa. Not bad. Both of those guys had big antenna arrays to compensate for what I didn't have but, hey, I made the contacts. Later, I took the rig and MW to Florida and make several contacts from the beach on 20 CW and worked around the U.S. The workmanship is good and while the MW is designed for convenience and portability, it does work. In all cases, I attached a single counterpoise wire from the rig's ground screw on the back. That part is highly recommended.

73, N4KZ
KJ4NWZ Rating: 2/5 Jun 19, 2013 08:01 Send this review to a friend
MW is an expenive brand of mayonnaise  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my MW for a year now. Great 2m antenna. I have yet to make a single HF contact. I modified it to accept a counterpoise earlier this year and still, nothing. I've seen all the Youtube videos with hams using the MW to talk to people on Pluto but I haven't been able to qso anyone around the block. I'll keep trying. By the way, I bought it for $120 from HamCity in CA. Now I hear Universal Radio has it for nearly $200. Not worth it.
M0TXP Rating: 5/5 Mar 29, 2013 14:57 Send this review to a friend
suprised  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got this antenna along with a yaesu ft817 i bought secondhand
I sort of threw this antenna to one side as you cant argue with the law of physics as this mw is a little on the small side
I was upstairs in the shack today(spare bedroom), i plugged in to my 817 with no radials, i got the vswr to about 1.7 (reflections in the room)
The 817 was placed on a stool and plugged in to my psu
I heard a e7 station calling on 20m so i called him back thinking "he wont hear me"
Well he came back with a 59 report then called a LZ station and he give me a 59 report
Now i think that a 59 report was maybe a little OTT, but the thought that someone could hear me this good with this antenna indoors is sort of a miracle.
As long as you know what the antenna was made for you wont be dissapointed
I can only wonder what this would work like on a beach
One thing for sure i will be keeping hold of it
Paddy (2E0TXP)
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