|Customer Reviews for the MFJ-1699S.|
|From: Charles Schroeder kc0dzd|
|I have owned this antenna for less than a week. It has a shorter whip than specified, but it works very well. My first contact was with a relay ham for the Pacific Maritime Net located in Arizona on 40 meters. I had my Yaesu 857D set at 25 watts.I live in Missouri. When I finished with him, net control in Oregon said that he had heard me too and that my signal was weak but readable. I had the top whip fully extended. I had a longer whip that was 38 inches long and slid it all the way down the lower antenna(about 10 inches). The top section of the whip was then about 28 and a quarter inches. I attached the coax from my mount to a small manual antenna tuner(MFJ 941c). I found I can tune all HF bands that the antenna covers with good swrs. This eliminates having to adjust the antenna length. I simply change the wander lead and use my tuner which is inside my truck. I also bought plastic screws with the rounded heads to plug the unused sockets on the antenna. I had to reduce the threads a little so the screws would pull out easier. I made two more contacts today in hard rain with my "tweaked" 1699s. At 50 watts I talked to a ham in Connecticut from my Missouri QTH and made a DX contact to Slovenia in Europe. I like this little antenna very much. I would recommend it to someone else. But, it works even better with a longer whip. I also found that it works well on two meters with no tuner and to my surprise, it worked on 444mhz with just a little smidgin of swr.|
|From: Byron K3OY|
|Adjusted the stringer to mid-point. Ran 30 Watts CW QSO(FT450D)from Mesa, AZ to Nicosia, Cypress 7185 miles - JT-65 to eastern Russia, central America and Australia, on 25 Watts. No external tuner, SWR 1:1.5. Held QSO with northern CA station with antenna on ground (heavy winds blew over the ground mounted tripod). Antenna at approximately 10 feet above ground with 4@ 25' radials.|
Does it work? You bet.
|From: ERNEST BROWN K9QAG|
|WE HAVE BEEN USING THE MFJ 1699 ANTENNA AS AN INDOOR ANTENNA MOUNTED ON A COFFEE CAN WITH THE MFJ 335 MAG MOUNT.|
WE ONLY HAD THE ANTENNA A FEW HOURS AND MADE CONTACTS FROM COAST TO COAST ... WITH ONLY 30 WATTS. WE ARE USING CW AS OUR PRIME MODE, BUT THE ANTENNA OPERATES ON OTHER MODES AS WELL.
WE ARE AMAZED AT WHAT THIS SIMPLE ANTENNA CAN DO.
|From: James Adams K6PBL|
This antenna works better than I expected. I have the antenna in a 5” mag mount on top of a GMC Sierra Crew Cab pickup. Accelerating quickly, or going around corners at high speed, will cause the mag mount to release. An antenna spring helped, but I am going to go to the Tri mag mount to resolve the issue. The best SWR I could achieve on each band is: 2m – 1.2, 6m – 1.4, 10m – 1.0, 12m – 1.2, 15m - 1.2, 17m – 1.4, 20m – 1.4, 30m – 1.3. 40m – 1.2, 80m – 15.4. The antenna is not suitable for use on 80m or above in my application.
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