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Reviews For: MFJ-1714 Long Ranger 2-meter telescopic antenna

Category: Antennas: VHF/UHF+ Omnidirectional: verticals, mobile, etc

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Review Summary For : MFJ-1714 Long Ranger 2-meter telescopic antenna
Reviews: 16MSRP: 16.95
The Long Ranger 2 Meter 1/2 wave. For long range this MFJ endfed 1/2 wave is hard to beat. Outperforms a 5/8 wave on an HT because the 5/8 wave needs a ground plane. It's shorter, lighter, has more gain and places less stress on your antenna connector. When collapsed it performs like a rubber duck (0 1/2"). 40 in. extended.
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KK6RXS Rating: 2018-04-24
Craftsmanship lacking (MFJ-1714) Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I had an MFJ-1714 that broke after three years so ordered (2) replacements so I would have a spare. The 3 year old antenna recently snapped in half when extending it for use while in the field. Upon opening the package containing the replacements, I discovered one of the antennas was in two pieces so have to return it to HRO in Oakland. In examining the broken antenna it appears the point of connection between the base of the antenna and telescoping members wasn't well connected. I don't know if this is unique to the antenna that was shipped to me, QA/QC at MFJ or lack of attention at HRO Oakland. I'll use the other antenna I did receive and see how it performs - in the background I'll be researching other options for similar products. Any recommendations? Thanks, Ken KK6RXS
W7DCF Rating: 2017-03-27
Great 2m Performance Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
At risk of reporting the obvious, I will note that this antenna works very well on 2 meters. Just use it at an appropriate power level, be careful with it and don't expect to use it on 70cm. As you might expect, any transmission attempt on 70cm will be totally unproductive. Yes, you guessed it - I speak from experience. In short, just keep in mind that when it says "2 meter antenna", that's exactly what it means. If you actually want a dual-band telescoping antenna, look into something else.
KD5RHR Rating: 2016-04-06
Still fantastic Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Hard to believe it's been 13 years since I added this item to the reviews. I just broke my 4th one over that time period, and ordered 2 more just now. These are now available with SMA, part # 1714S. This antenna and my venerable old VX-150 are still a hard combination to beat! See my 2003 review for more
VE7KCY Rating: 2015-08-02
Superb for Long Range HT Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I am remarkably surprised by the performance of this telescoping 2m long range HT antenna. Had no issues being copied from a repeater almost 50 miles away with antenna fully extended @ 5w. For the price I don't know if it can be beat. Still need to determine how it will fair backpacking, but its construction seems fairly decent so far.
W1WOW Rating: 2014-11-06
Nice for extended range for your 2m HT Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Nice execution for an extended range 2m HT antenna. We use our 2m HTs while hunting the national forests in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Lots of trees, many pine, and this antenna has made a great improvement for communications between hunters.

Love that it can be used both extended AND retracted...really nice and a must for under $20.

Nice job MFJ.

KK4FKS Rating: 2013-10-02
Great for reaching out! Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Ok, I heard alot about this 1/2 wave telescopic antenna and just had to see if it would work backpacking in the hills of Virginia during a recent camping trip. It worked remarkable well, the only issue I had was that I have to connect it to a SMA to BNC adaptor and there is wiggle room from that so the radio and antenna did not act as one whole piece. Definately not for use when actively hicking, but once stationary this antenna rocks! Very compact for a 1/2 wave antenna, I'm loving the telescopic antennas right now! This is not my daily use antenna but definately wont leave on a trip with out it...

K6SDW Rating: 2013-06-10
Well made and works Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Makes a big difference with 2mtr HT's
N7DMA Rating: 2013-06-09
Best antenna for 2m portable! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've had mine for over a decade. Yes, I treat it carefully. It goes into my hiking pack for all my (mis)adventures, along with my VX-150. I've had many long distance QSO's from local mountaintops, regularly make simplex contacts into Phoenix from the Santa Catalina mountains just north of Tucson, close to 100 miles... with 5 watts!

Treat it like glass, and it'll last you a long time, and reward you with great performance! Mine is getting a little stiff, and maybe in a couple of years, I'll buy a replacement or 2.

Best portable antenna for my use. Buy one!

WB6TNB Rating: 2013-06-08
Excellent Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This is a major improvement over whatever came with your HT. It can make the difference between getting into and not getting into distant repeaters. Unlike an almost identical Smiley antenna I bought a long time ago it is easy on the BNC connector.
KB1WLM Rating: 2012-01-26
Cost Effective Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I use the SMA version on an HT and have found it gives significant improvement over the factory version. I did my research on this model and am very happy with the purchase. It is rigid so I bought an extra in case I damage it, but its still worth the cost of both.