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Customer Reviews for the MFJ-1729.

From: Kevin KB0UZJ
I've had two MFJ-1729 for nearly 10 years now and have enjoyed both. One has been used prodominanty as part of a home made base station antenna, and the other as an as needed mobile antenna. Both have had very good SWR on both 2m and 70 cm.

Base station antenna: I used a round 10 gauge plate which the magnetic base stuck to, with four horizontal ground plane radiators welded to it's bottom, trimed to 19" from the center. After about 5 years in the S.D. environment, the paint on the magnetic base of this base antenna began getting bad, and started to show some light surface rust. I sanded it a little and used a spray can to put another coat of paint on it. It may need it again.

From: John KD2JAU
Wonderful mag mount antenna! This stick consistently hits local repeaters with full quieting, both 2m and 70cm. Using 10watts FM, 50 miles usable range is not unreasonable to expect. My only wish(es) would be for maybe 18 - 20 feet of coax, instead of a pretty miserly 12 feet, and for a foldover feature (27" radiator atop an SUV roof is NOT garage-friendly!). Also, the thin coax needs some TLC to avoid crimping, even with soft weatherstripping, when making vehicle entrances. Definitely use the vehicle rooftop for a ground plane/ counterpoise -- BIG difference. This is a well-built, high-performance mobile antenna -- it absolutely works!



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