I have now owned this antenna for almost a year. What do I think about it?
It is awesome~
I bought this antenna from a local ham who was moving out of state and had no desire to take it with him. Best 65.00 dollars I ever spent.
I have made contacts to Central and South America, Virgin Islands, Azores, U.K., Spain, France and Germany. I have even made the trip to Alaska. What a great antenna the MFJ 1796 has been for me.
I have also contacted a majority of the lower 48. I would have to go through my log book but I am confident I have more than 50% of them logged. I guess not bad for a 10 month General.
The MFJ 1796 is a six band halfwave vertical antenna. Since it's a ground independent halfwave, no radials or ground plane are needed.
The antenna is very efficient because it is end loaded, sothe entire antenna radiates power. It uses no lossy traps, and achieves close 50 Ohm match on all bands, with no band switching. Easy to build and easy to tune!
band coverage; 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2m
height; 33 feet
power rating;1500 Watts, PEP
weight; 15 pounds
So lets get to the bottom line on this antenna – its a balanced dipole with loading coils (not traps) and capacity hats at each end. The length of the antenna is 12 feet as delivered from MFJ. Its as simple as that.
The MFJ-1796 as delivered by MFJ is expected to be used as a vertical and mounted on the ground, on a tripod on a roof, or attached to a chimney. Its a center-fed vertical dipole that is ground independent – that is, it does not require a counterpoise or grounding system.