[AMRadio] MFJ

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Thu Dec 7 17:34:46 EST 2006

I have the butternut, ground mounted, not enough radials.
It does make a good dummy load, and is poor on receive as well.
I removed the 160 meter coil, that was useless!

My take on antenna's is the bigger they are, the better they work.
I would not buy anything mfj, and anything with traps
or baluns does not seem to work long on AM over 100 watts, no matter how
well its made.
I gave up on that stuff and just run a dipole.

I tried one of the B+W all band antennas, the swr was bad, and the
power rating of 2kw was ssb only, B+W told me about 175 watts
of AM was about all it was good for, and the center resistor thing
was smoking at that power level!

The most trouble free thing I ever came up with that worked well
was a resonant dipole with no tuner.

Wish I had room and/or a tower, but I don't...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Rick Brashear
> Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:43 PM
> To: AMRadio at mailman.qth.net
> Subject: [AMRadio] MFJ
> Before you explode over the "Subject", please, read on...  I am in an 
> antenna dilemma at this time.  I have to wait a few months 
> before I can 
> install the HyTower and folded dipole I have.  In the mean time I am 
> stuck with an expensive Butternut 160/80/40 "Dummy Load" as my buddy 
> calls it.  So, I am looking into the new MFJ 80 meter 
> rotatable dipole 
> to put on the Hazer and run up the tower.  Has anyone had any 
> experience 
> with it or know of anyone who has?  I know Bob, PE, had or has a 
> rotatable dipole up he really likes.  I would welcome any 
> constructive 
> comments you might have.  It is supposedly rated at 1500 watts PEP on 
> SSB/CW, however, there are no specs stated for AM operation, 
> of course.  
> Do you think the 375 watt carrier would fry it or do you 
> think it would 
> hold up?
> Thanks,
> Rick/K5IZ
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