[AMRadio] MFJ

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Thu Dec 7 17:58:57 EST 2006

Yes, I got the 1.8 to 30 MHz thing from B+W.
I did run it through a tuner, although with tube
stuff they tell you that you don't need to.
It was 40 feet up, and the lowest SWR was 3:1.
At 175 watts of carrier, smoke was pouring out of it.

I threw it out, as it tends to be a tangled up
mess in short time if not up in the air.

I say, any wire dipole you can manage is best,
low, bent, U shaped, sloping, V or flat, just
something long enough to radiate a signal.
I used to run a dipole on 80 with coils to resonate it.
I had about 100 feet and made up 10 feet each end
with some B+W coil stock over an insulator.
It worked well till it got old and wore out.


> -----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 5:45 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] MFJ
> Thanks Brett.  The only good thing about the Butternut vertical is it 
> was easy to assemble and adjust.  I don't have any radials, so I know 
> Mother Earth is getting the lion's share of my signal.  I 
> would love to 
> get up a wire, but I have a building that is to be erected 
> soon (I hope) 
> and I can't do much until that is done.  In the mean time I'm just 
> heating the ground beneath my vertical. 
> Did you use the B&W folded dipole they insist will cover 160 
> through 10 
> without a tuner?  Geez, I hope not because that's the one I 
> have an have 
> been dying to get up.  If it's a clunker on AM I am in deep 
> trouble in 
> the wire department.
> I'm not a MFJ fan at all, but they are the only one around with a 80 
> meter rotatable dipole.  However, that dream fell though anyway.  I 
> called them and production won't start until next year!  I 
> won't need it 
> then.  Go figure...
> Rick/K5IZ
> Brett gazdzinski wrote:
> >I have the butternut, ground mounted, not enough radials.
> >It does make a good dummy load....
> >
> I tried one of the B+W all band antennas, the swr was bad....
> >Brett
> >N2DTS
> >  
> >
> >  
> >
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