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Customer Reviews for the MFJ-2289.

From: Chet R Biggerstaff KF7VZT
I just recived my antenna and have to admit i got lot more than I thought when I ordered it. The only issue ive come across is that the threads on the coil where the 3/8ths end of the antenna screws in had every thread covered with some sort of glue. I have sent an email and expect that they will take care of it so heres what I found....this antenna rocks! itll tune up on all freq between 7 and 55 within the specs very easily. The "bonus" I "discovered" is that if you add to your order a 3/8ths trimag mount to your order youll not only have an excelent preforming, very easy to setup and use portable "full size" diapole BUT youll also have a very nice "bug catcher" portable antenna as well. i almost bought a portable for my car but after playing with this ive ordered the mag mount and a 4.5' extension to use on my car. So you really do get a very very versitile antenna that does what it says itll do and with a very small investment of cash a nice car portable as well. now to machine a new mount for it so I can set it in any direction/config I want and ive a "buddy" ;)

From: Chet R Biggerstaff KF7VZT
Ive had a bit of time with the antenna now and thought an update was in order. MFJ did take care of the thread issue and sent me a new coil. It appears that the gunk was some sort of weatherproofing that ended up on the threads. Took about an hour to clean it but in the process the solder bond from the coil to the 3/8ths connector broke loose. The issue here is that the small dia of the coil wire is being soldered to a bare brass ring around the 3/8ths connector but the heat required is far more than what was applied to my unit which is why it broke (cold solder joint). not an issue for anyone with a good large iron (which of course I didnt have. It seems I recived a bad unit. So if you do get one of these make sure you check the joints under the black shrink wrap on the coil. This is really the ONLY issue i can come up with and it is not enough to not buy this antenna as it preforms so well. There is one other "issue" you need to be aware of....the telescopic masts are very flimsy and wont take a lot of abuse. As long as your careful they will last a long time but if your careful itll last. It is not meant as a permanant install as it will not handle the wind but is perfect for portable use. I also bought the tripod with the 18' mast which works perfectly with this antenna. The mast MUST be guyed if there is gojng to be any wind at all. Great portable unit!

From: Richard A. Folkes N3WOH
This product is quite possibly the best high power portable antenna in the market at this price point. I finally have a 40 meter dipole that tunes in seconds, assembles in minutes and operates at high power. This dipole offers easy and reliable performance on 40 meters and every high frequency band above plus 6 meters. I do not have any reason to dismantle the coil as it is working perfectly. This is a great product from MFJ at avery good price.

From: Joe Green N6JPG
I have had the MFJ-2289 for nearly a year now and have had the opportunity to use it in a number of different situations. Used in conjunction with the MFJ-1919EX portable antenna stand, I have had great results. I have used this antenna on all bands between 40 and 10 meters using both a Yaesu 897 running between 25 and 100 watts and a Yaesu 817 at 5 watts. I have had QSO's all over the world with it. It is easy to set up taking generally less than 10 minutes with SWR nearly flat on all bands using the recommended settings that come with the antenna. No ground radials or counterpoise are needed. It outperforms any other portable/travel type antenna I have tried and costs less than half of many that are on the market.

From: Darick KB6NL
I have been very pleased with the HFSticks in dipole mount on a 22' fiberglass telescope, but needed a bigger signal for bad band cndx and the BigEars 2289 delivers well at the lower height I needed for safety. I ordered the MFJ-1964 kit to get the screw tap clips to put on the 2289 coil in the common positions to make deployment as fast as my mini-HFStick dipole. An alternative would be to solder one of those clips to the wander wire, replace the screw with a knurled thumb screw, and leave it in my usual position. I would also like to see a carry kit. With a few extra parts, you have the option of turning it into a vertical if the wind is too strong.

From: zebulon schreiber KG7FFU
I got this antenna and set it up with a teloscopic fiberglass flag pole at 20' to use for a portable antenna with my ft-817nd and I have been impressed I've made contacts in western Russia with 2.5 watts ssb phone 20m from my QTH in Montana. The other day I was rag chewin with a fellow in WA he was running 700watts and I was running 5watts with this antenna and a MFJ portable tuner and obviously he was booming in but I was a 55 to 59. I'm really looking forward to getting this setup on a mountain top and get some QSO's. the whole antenna and mast broke down can easily be strapped to a pack for some hilltop QSO's it and the mast weighs 9lbs

From: Stu Cohen WB2CAV
I live in a condo and have a ton of troubles with QRN and getting a low SWR using my balcony or inside my apartment. I even tried dipoles but to no avail. I bought an MFJ 2289 and set it up outside in the parking lot next to my car. It took me less than ten minutes to get on the air and make a few contacts. Very low SWR on both 40 and 20. Planning to hit a local park and go portable using this antenna. Well worth the cost and much no aggravation getting it to work.

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