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Is this worth my time, MFJ-1789 ?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Antennas' started by Mudduckmobile, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Riverman71

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    That's weird. It was my understanding they bowled together regularly. Or golfed. Can't remember. (n)

    Anyway, concerning the MFJ Dipole/Hustler Vertical debate. . .
    Maybe what we may need is a committee, or better yet---one person, selected by the members, to answer everyone's question in every thread. That way, the person posting the question wouldn't have to cipher through several different opinions in trying to make a decision.

    I can think of a few highly qualified individuals who would be good in that role.
    Let's see . . .on second thought, that list is pretty long. Lots of deserving members with the experience and expertise. Perhaps if we limit the list to those having the experience, expertise, AND a great deal of patience and are not easily provoked. . .
    I don't know, there are still quite a few who qualify. Might be easier to just list those who we don't want in that position. Let's see. . .
    Didn't really think I was going to do that, did you?

    You know. . . a modus operandi of this nature, while useful, would prove to be pretty boring. Lots of great personalities inhabit this site. Guess we'll stick with what we have.



    Okay, this thread has officially gone WAY off course. My apologies, Mudduck. Hope whichever antenna you decide on works out for you and does you a bang up job. :)

    Happy thoughts, everyone!
    Jim
     
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    I have yet to find out what the big deal is with a 43 foot antenna. It still needs a tuner of some sort to work all bands. Is it better than a 53 foot antenna? Why not use 47 feet instead? Nobody has ever said what it is that makes a 43 foot antenna good. Being a vertical it still needs a good groundplane.

    Agreed

    Yes all forms of loading are a compromise and traps do indeed have losses. The trick is to use heavy wire and as little as possible to function.

    The other thing to consider too is the take off angle. The vertical will have a decently low TOA with a good groundplane but the horizontal dipole must be quite high to achieve the same angle of radiation making it somewhat harder to achieve. It may work like gangbusters out to 600-1000 miles but be crushed by the vertical,especially on 40m, when talking a few thousand miles.

    I was pretty sure you were just joking about the comparison to RPC. LOL

    OK enough talk..........I have a vertical antenna to go mount while the weather is still decent today. :D
     
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  4. Tallman

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    The answer to your posting would be just like the antennas. Full of compromises without any one answer being just the correct one.
     
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  5. Mudduckmobile

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    That would work here very well in the summer but winter would kill it on day one here in N.W.MT.
    I have been doing some looken and I think I can put up: a long wire (all band)at 50ft, at the feed point, and I can go150yds on way at45 to 50ft., and the other way I can go 50ft out 100ft at 50ft to 30ft. Or maybe a loop, a 160 meter loop at 50ft feed point to 30ft and 50 ft.
    I'm going to have fun in the snow this year.
     
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    Yeah, for sure your winters are pretty brutal compared to what we get here in Texas. We usually only get freezing rain once or twice a winter, and rarely get snow here. Sounds like you have plenty of property to spread out. I am on a pretty small lot, and have a 40 meter delta loop and an end fed random wire, and they both work pretty good for what they are. Doesn't hurt that I run 500-600 watts the majority of the time, though. ;)

    73,
    Brett
     
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    Those are blogs. Questions and opinions are usually submitted to the author via email. Tons of them about amateur radio on the internet.
     
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    Tallman-
    If you really are (tall), it must be a tight squeeze for you in a Kia Soul or a Chevy S-10.

    - 399
     
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  9. Tallman

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    When I'm going down the road in either vehicle and hit a bump I bump my head on the roofs. I was given that nick name by some of my co-workers in San Antonio. I stand 6'4" which isn't very tall anymore. My coworkers in San Antonio were all under 5'8'. I'm glad the other nick name did not stick which was Giganto Verde.
    Actually the KIA is pretty roomy seat all the way back and lay the seat back and it's comfy. The S-10 is tight getting my legs in after that it is good. But I still bump my head on the roof.

    I use to have a 1995 SS Camaro getting in and out was an act of Origami, But when you have the go fast bug you are willing to sacrifice.
     
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