Friday, December 5, 2014

Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Rebuild MFJ 1622 Apartment Antenna for Ham Radio HF. Post #336


The MFJ-1622 is a close copy of an apartment antenna originally marketed by Barker & Williamson (B & K). I bought one of these after I was first licensed as a novice operator (circa 1977). Like the author, "North Carolina Prepper", I replaced some components after a short period of use and found the antenna performed well as small, based-loaded vertical. An angled mounting bracket enables you to stick the antenna from an apartement window or balcony. To cut losses, replace the original coaxial cable with RG-8 or RG-8X and add a separate "counterpoise" wire for each band. The counterpoise wire can be spread around your apartment or along the ground if you're running your rig from a public park or beach. Performance will be enhanced if you add several radials or "counterpoise wires" for each band of use. This video can help you increase performance of this simple, fairly inexpensive apartment antenna. This antenna is inconspicuous, easy to mount, and easy to take down. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).