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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Verticals; Wire; Loop | Cushcraft MA160V Help

Reviews Summary for Cushcraft MA160V
Cushcraft MA160V Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $199,95 - 229,95
Description: 160-Meter Vertical Monopole Antenna with top loading coil plus capacitive hat
Frequency (MHz): 1.8 - 2.0
Bandwidth (2.1 SWR): 40kHz
Weight (kg): 5.44
Height: 30` to 36`
Power: 1500-Watt
Product is in production.
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CT7ANG Rating: 5/5 Feb 19, 2019 11:44 Send this review to a friend
A Dxer's antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
My last review was under my old call G0MMI. I am now CT7ANG and I have recently put up the MA-160v.
16 radials of which 6 are half-wave and the other 10 are 30'. Also a 1.1 home brewed balun. Its definitely a DXers antenna. Well made,easy to put together and a small footprint. Does it work...YES 60 countries logged in just a few months from USA,JA.AH7,ZL etc.A bit narrow banded but but it works. Highly recommended for top-band DX.
N4MIT Rating: 4/5 May 20, 2018 09:07 Send this review to a friend
Works well  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Bare in mind what the antenna is... a short vertical for 160m. It works quite well for what it is. I worked 40 states the first night with it and some DX (it wasn't even a contest). I need more radials but with just the 8 radials that I have, it worked better than I had expected. If you are looking for a easy way to get on 160 while the sunspots are low, I would recommend the MA160v.

When I grow up I'll have a full size 160m vertical, until then I'll keep my MA160v.
K8TS Rating: 2/5 Mar 2, 2016 19:10 Send this review to a friend
Not What I Expected  Time owned: more than 12 months
Expations were a small footprint 160 antenna that could be used for DX. Concept for back yard (city) 160 antenna. All parts there.
Complanit is that Cushcraft is mentally challenged at writing manuals. Tubing was not well marked and even required calling the vendor to ascertain wheither a section was right or upside down. Don't know how it got out, but did not receive well. What you can't hear, you can't work. Reading lots of good review here, so maybe me. Manual: found the same problems with a MA5B.
K5AF Rating: 4/5 Mar 15, 2015 13:39 Send this review to a friend
Steathly and Flexible Design  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Being in a covenant restricted neighborhood, I had to build a wire variant of this antenna. I have tall trees with foliage that hides the capacitive hat and the stinger portions of the antenna, and have branches available to hang the antenna from, but the aluminum mast portion had to be replaced with a black pvc-coated piece of #12 wire to make the antenna less noticeable.

I had a nylon rope going through a pulley at about 28 ft, and I was able to cable tie the lower portion of the stinger to the rope so that it stuck up vertically through the treetops. Flat black paint made it almost unnoticeable.

I still fell a little short of the recommended height for the antenna, so I added a bit of inductance at first and it seemed to work well. I put down about 10 30' radials, which is all I had the space for.

I remembered from experience that placing a perimeter wire around the hat assembly would lower the frequency significantly, and the electrically-larger hat would also increase the bandwidth. I did this and was able to lower the resonant frequency by about 40kHz and eliminate the coil. A tuner at the base allowed me to cover the whole band.

I was surprised at the performance of this short antenna. First QSO was a VE3, with an S8 report, not bad from S. Texas at 100W. Performance equalled my low dipole on near-in stations, but exceeded it on QSOs of 1000 miles or more.

Unfortunately, I had a complaint from a neighbor about "all the wires in my yard", so I removed the most obvious ones and this was first on the list, so I really was not able to give it an exhaustive trial.

The good news is that this antenna is a very flexible design. If you have vertical space to make mast portion taller overall, you can adjust the stinger down a bit to compensate. If you need to shorten the lower mast section, you can adjust the stinger, add a perimeter wire around the top hat, add a small amount of inductance at the base, or do combinations of all, with little observed change in the basic performance.

My full-sized stealth inverted L outperformed the MA160V, otherwise it would have earned a "5" rating, but the evaluation may be somewhat tainted due to the limited radial system and the lack of long-term data. As they say, YMMV.

WA7NB Rating: 4/5 Mar 12, 2013 07:08 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Antenna  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
For a compact antenna, the MA160V out performs my expectations in most areas. With an antenna tuner, I have played successfully on all the other bands. Worked Spratly, Clipperton, etc. thru pileups. I purchased 2- 65 ft radial kits from DX Engineering so I have 40 radials out.
on 160 meters, the antenna does not hear as well as I had hoped but I have worked into South America and the caribbean fairly easily. If you own a small lot, this antenna is your answer.
N1TX Rating: 5/5 Oct 18, 2011 14:46 Send this review to a friend
Easy assembly, affordable, effective  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First QSO out of the box from Fairbanks, Alaska, was T32C!

I was pleased to see a decent 1.1:1 match after simply following the manual for installation. All those "for most installation" qualifiers you find for a lot of products leave me cynical. Dan KL1JP did much of the pre-assembly and then brought the bigger pieces over to screw together and erect on a tiltable mount he made some time back for a previous (and failed) installation of a short vertical for Top Band. The location was adjacent to several large spruce and poplar trees near the edge of my septic field. I promised him I would get the radials out before snow fell, and I did. Barely.

Dan built a wooden "shoe" to place in the ground and serves as an inexpensive tilt mount. A carriage bolt through the antenna base and two wooden vertical supports provides the pivot point, so there is no direct metal connection between the base and the ground. A 1.5" OD steel pipe is driven next to the wooden "shoe", and a jumper from the radial plate connects to the pipe, secured with a hose clamp. The manual talks about initially laying out three radials 20-50 feet long. I chose 50 feet, spaced them about 120 degrees. After connecting the wires to the radial plate, I took some cheap metal tent stakes and anchored the radial wires several inches from the base and again at the very ends, so they laid relatively flat. To connect the coax, I used a female panel mount SO-239. I soldered an 8" piece of wire to the center conductor cup on the back side of the SO-239 and secured it further by using about 2" of shrink tubing to prevent a lot of stress on the center pin. I looped one end of the other wire through one of the screw holes on the panel mount connector and soldered it, then attached both wires to their respective feed points near the bottom of the antenna. I was then able to make a current choke with about 4 loops of RG213, attached the PL-259 to the femal SO-239, covered both with Coax Seal. Voila!

The best VSWR (1.1:1) was at around 1860. The book says to add more radials 25-40 ft long and watch the VSWR come down to 1:1, but I decided to leave well enough alone for now. Also, I thought about adjusting the stinger to bring the tuning down to around 1840 kHz. Before I could do that, a lot of wet snow fell, which brought the tuning down in frequency anyway. For the "enhanced" radial system, the manual says to lay out 16-64 radials of 50-60 feet. Maybe in the spring.

KY6R Rating: 5/5 Mar 1, 2011 20:26 Send this review to a friend
After 8 months  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have been really amazed at how well this short antenna works - and is even pretty darn good on receive.

I have easily worked into VK/ZL, Oceania, Asia, South America and Central America as well as the Caribbean. (I know anecdotal lists of who you worked doesn't say much about an antenna . . . . ).

This means - enough places from the West Coast to get to DXCC on 160M, which will net me 9BDXCC when this is done., and which is my goal.

With a tuner, it also works well on many other bands.
N0AH Rating: 5/5 Dec 9, 2010 19:42 Send this review to a friend
awesome  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Worked 532 QSO's during ARRL 160M CW test this December- Only missed PR, NT and NL. The missing mast section was replaced immediately. Now have 26 buried radials provides an SWR of 5.3:1 at resonance so using an Amidon W2FMI to match the antenna at the feedpoint for a 1.6;1 match. 15KHz of 3:1 bandwidth. Pro III can tune for a range of 30KHz, using Dentron 2000 for the entire band- Using K9AY single loop for received. Very small lot in the middle of the suburbs- worked the ZL8X guys with 100 watts (no amps here) Strongly suggest this antenna- very fb- Be sure to put in adequate readial field- less than 16 are just not enough as I noticed considerable improved efficiency past this number- Radials average 50 feet, with some folded back-
NI0C Rating: 5/5 Dec 1, 2009 12:01 Send this review to a friend
Short, but effective, antenna for Top Band  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Due to the constraints of my property (not the least of which is a HV line crossing the backyard), I just can't put up an inverted "L" for 160m. For the past several years, I've struggled to work DX with an HF-2V vertical, but even after adding considerable top loading, I was often the last one heard in the pileups.

This new Cushcraft antenna really gets out, and I'm even breaking pileups with it. With a modest ground system, I found I needed to use a 32:50 Ohm unun (by Balun Designs) at the feedpoint to get a good match, and my 2:1 SWR bandwidth is 20 KHz.
VE9DX Rating: 5/5 Dec 23, 2008 05:26 Send this review to a friend
Ideal for my small lot  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have to tell you the results I have with this antenna are nothing less than outstanding. True I am not the first one through in a pileup but for some reason I seem to be heard.
My station is simple, running only 30 watts at best (completely battery powered). Not having room for even a dipole, the MA160V was worth a shot. I have 15 short radials under the antenna which is ground mounted. None of the radials are more than 30 feet long.
The MA160V seemed to be a sure but simple way to get on the band.
Well since I installed the antenna a couple years ago, I have managed to work 140+ countries
including the likes of 5A,5W,CE,FO/m,JA,RK0,
VK,VK9(N),VP6(D),ZL etc. Even completed a WAS in 1 weekend.
I am impressed. For the small lot owners like myself, the antenna was sure worth the shot.
Thanks Cushcraft...
73 Andy (VE9DX)
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