Sunday, June 26, 2016

Simple Ham Radio Antennas--MFJ-1625 80-6 meter window/balcony antenna with built in tuner. Post #818.

MFJ-1625 80-6 meter window/balcony antenna with built in tuner
(http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/6876#142223).
Accessed on 27 June 2016, 03:56 hrs, UTC.
Author:  http://www.eham.net.

Please click title link to read the full set of antenna reviews.

Comment:

Back in the mid-1980s, I bought an early forerunner of this antenna from MFJ for use in a rental home on Hawaii Island.  The landlord wasn't too keen on outdoor antennas (television antennas were OK), so I decided to get a simple, easily installed and easily removed antenna for my radio operations.  In those days, the antenna was sold as the MFJ-1622 Window/Balcony Antenna and came with a telescoping steel whip, a tapped coil for the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands, some wire for a "counterpoise" system, a C-clamp for attaching the antenna to a window sill, and a length of RG-58 to connect your HF rig to the antenna system.  While the coil matched the bands fairly well, I used the antenna along with my Drake MN-4 antenna transmatch to keep the SWR low.  I also used the antenna for portable operations at beach parks and mountain campsites. I still have this antenna and the Drake MN-4.  Both work very well given the compromises inherent in a short vertical antenna.  Both pieces of equipment are stored in my minivan for any portable operations I decide to undertake.

The current incarnation of this antenna is the MFJ-1625, which has added an antenna "tuner" to the assembly, along with the tapped coil, collapsing steel whip, C-clamp, counterpoise wires, and a length of coax for the feed line.

As you can see from the attached reviews, most radio amateurs using this portable antenna give it good marks for its overall performance.  The MFJ-1625 could be just the antenna for those living in HOA/CC&R controlled apartments, homes, and condominiums.

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