|Customer Reviews for the MFJ-2286.|
|From: Bruce K6BAA|
|Antenna out of the box was found to be well engineered. I assembled it in a few minutes, mounted it ground level on a tripod in my back yard, six loops in the coax for a inline balun, adjusted it with my MFJ antenna analyzer and imediately made a 10 meter contact to Japan with further contacts to Brazil and Argentina the next day. Looking forward to camping and field day.|
|From: John KCTHY|
|Baught a 17 foot Big Stick in November 2013. I Mounted it on an aluminum pipe I had laying around, and stretched the counterpoise wires out and anchored them to the ground with some long screws. After that I set the antenna for 20 meters, and put my MFJ 259B on it. Had it tuned perfectly within 2 minutes and within 30 minutes had worked stations in the US and Great Brittan. I plan to use it on SKN on 20 and 40 meters. The antenna lives outside and I use 50 feet of RG58 coax with about 15 feet of coax coiled on a 5 inch form at the feedpoint. I like it. Its simple, and it works. I would strongly recommend an antenna analyzer because it makes tuning so simple and doesn't put a strain on your finals. Also, my MFJ 949 Versa Tuner is always connected so I can monitor SWR and tune if needed. This antenna of course does not perform like a Yagi tri bander, but it's a good antenna for portable or home use. If there is anything negative to say, I would say with no automatic band switching, you do have to go outside and retune it when you change bands, but so what! It's inexpensive, portable and it works.|
|From: J Harper AD5CL|
|Antenna is fairly well made, not very well packaged (easily damaged). No manual, but instructions to obtain from the website. OK for anyone except those without internet access (some still do not use the internet). No roll of wire included as the manual states. The tap wire is too short to fully make use of the coil. This is easily replaced, but one should not have to in my opinion. The alligator does not short against adjacent coils when clipped to one coil, as long at the alligator is within ten degrees of perpendicular to the length of the coil.|
I give this product a 7 (out of ten). If someone rates it with a view to being able to use it right out of the box, in accordance with the advertisement, then a 2 would be in order.
DOES require a tuner by the way. Even with radials.
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