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

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Review Summary For : HUSTLER SF-2
Reviews: 14MSRP: 16.99
2 meter 5/8 wave mobile antenna (3.4 dB gain) with 3/8" x 24 thread stud.
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VE7WCP Rating: 2016-08-16
Worked For Me! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Had one of these installed on my motor-home on the top of the ladder at the rear. Once you got a good ground off the ladder rung where it was attached, you would be good to go. I would buy another one of these without hesitation.

73, Marc
K1WJ Rating: 2016-01-05
SWR Too High Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Could not get SWR down, threw away $16 !
KB7XU Rating: 2014-01-21
Very good value Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I used to have a full-sized Ford van. I mounted this antenna right in the middle of the roof and never had a problem with it and it worked very well over that large roof as a groundplane. Hustler used to call this the "Buckbuster" because it's quite inexpensive for what you get. I think you can buy an add-on groundplane for this as well.
Great antenna at any price.
KD5FLN Rating: 2014-01-20
Perfect for my needs! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I used to drive a 18 wheeler cross country and it was a challenge to try to find a 2 meter antenna setup that would work on my rig. My 2m radio at that time was a Icom 2100H so I needed something that can handle the 50 or so watts that it can put out. I couldn't use a mag mount simply because there is no way for me to reach up to stick it on top of the cab, couldn't use trunk lip mounts, or ball mounts, I even tried a thru glass mount (terrible idea btw)
However I was familar with the "Hustler" name as their CB antennas are very popular among truckers, I soon found out that they made a 2m whip antenna with the same threaded base as a CB mount that we use on our side mirrors!
The SF-2 is a great antenna, in fact I ordered 2 more today, one for my home base station & another for my car. It has great gain, very good sound & audio reports and very durable in all weather, in fact the SF-2 is still on my truck after 7-8yrs still going strong! If your a trucker looking for a 2 meter mobile antenna THIS IS IT!
KN0JI Rating: 2013-12-03
Nothing touches the SF-2 Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I have two of these puppies: one mounted on my house's (now dormant) swamp cooler (27 feet above ground) and one mounted on my car. As far as omni antennas go, nothing but nothing comes close to their performance. The one on my house is connected to my Yaesu FT-2900R with 50 feet of RG-8X, resulting in an SWR of about 1.9:1 and the one on my car is connected to yet another Yaesu FT-2900R with 15 feet of RG-8X, resulting in an SWR of about 1.7:1. With my radios at 5 W, everybody within 46 miles reports full quieting.
Compared with my J-Pole (Arrow OSJ 146/440) and several homemade ground planes (dual 30 degree and quad 40 degree downward radials), the Hustler SF-2 outperforms them hands-down. I plan to purchase four more before 2014.
K4DSB Rating: 2013-08-05
Built Well..strong performance Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've had many (monoband) VHF antennas and for some reason this one performers really well.. I know the theory and (3.4 dbi over Isotropic is the highest theoretical gain.. on a 5/8 wave vs 1/4 wave and it is but) comparing this to other 5/8's I've own.. I was able to get a better match (very easy to tune) was impressed with the solid build, not to much wind resistance (thin radiator) and worked well on my magmount... slightly better broadband match and handles every bit of 100watts... I love this 2 meter antenna...
KI4ABS Rating: 2013-02-25
Exactly what I wanted Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I have a 97 Jeep Wrangler. CB accessories for Jeeps are readily available; ham gear is not. I wanted to take advantage of the easily and inexpensively obtained CB mounts and cabling when I added my IC-2100H 2m transceiver. Only problem: everything is 3/8x24, not UHF or NMO. Solution: the Hustler SF-2. And it's exactly what I wanted. Biggest pleasant shock: the price! I have a $60 Diamond antenna on another vehicle, and this antenna performs just as well, and doesn't appear to be of any less quality at a quarter of the price. I don't see how you could go wrong with this antenna if all you're looking for is a monoband 2m antenna, especially with the wide availability of inexpensive CB mounts.
N4DBM Rating: 2010-05-07
Great Antenna for the Price Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Bought mine in May 2010 from Universal Radio for $14.95. You can hardly buy a 4 foot whip for that anymore. The antenna looks neat and works, well, as good as a 5/8 wave can work - just fine for long range mobile communications. I like the 3/8 24 thread base, you can buy mag mounts from CB shops for pretty cheap that fits these threads and for under $35 have yourself a good antenna and mag mount altogether. Hustler makes exceptionally good antennas. Yes I know they changed from the old compression nut to the two set screws which I don't much like either, but overall, I have to rate this antenna as outstanding as well. Thanks, Hustler, a good American made antenna and company that has been around for decades.
N3IDG Rating: 2008-09-03
gr8 Time Owned: N.A.
i run a 1/4 thru the roof but carry the sf2 on mag mount for when the 1/4 wave just dont cut it mine is old style with the furrel lock
WB4TJH Rating: 2008-03-11
Works OK Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I paired this mobile antenna up with the matching AX-2 Hustler ground plane, which has three downward sloping radials. I have the antenna mounted on a steel mast about 20 meet above the ground and above my TV antenna with 25 feet of coax. It works as well as any other 5/8 wave ground plane, and after two and a half years outside, it has not let me down. I live 3 1/2 miles from the gulf of Mexico, and despite the salt air, the SF-2 and groundplane are doing just fine. It makes a good, durable, very wind resistant, low profile 5/8 ground plane, and I can hit repeaters 50 miles away with no problems. I have had the SF-2 for many years, but had never used it. I paid about $22 for the ground plane, sor for a very small extra investment, I put together a very good outside 2 meter antenna.