MFJ-259B vs. MFJ-266

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by DL1KSE, Oct 14, 2011.

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  1. DL1KSE

    DL1KSE Ham Member QRZ Page


    as i think of buying one of those antenna analyzers,
    what model would you recommend?

    Noteable is that the price of MFJ-259B and MFJ-266 are nearly the same at a seller.
    The MFJ-269 still costs more allthough MFJ-266 also does support UHF like the MFJ-269.

    At a first look there seems to be just differences in metering panels and connectors.

  2. KC9QVL

    KC9QVL Ham Member QRZ Page

    The 266 is a Feature Tech AW07a re-badged by mfj with a healthy price increase. The 259 does not do uhf but does more. Coax testing etc
  3. DL1KSE

    DL1KSE Ham Member QRZ Page


    Thanks for your nice answer.
    So it is now more clear to decide for the 259B, without it would not be noticed so easy about the lack of the features of the 259B.
  4. N6DMR

    N6DMR Ham Member QRZ Page

    MFJ-266 - Same Fuctions as the MFJ-269 including Coax tests

    The MFJ-266 does everything the more expensive MFJ-269 does but also includes a interference detection circuit built in.
  5. AC0FP

    AC0FP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a MFJ-259B and it works just fine for average antenna work. The 259B's performance range is somewhat limited by the 8-bit A/D converter so if I had it to do over again, I would get the more expensive model with 12-bit resolution.


  6. VA2GU

    VA2GU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why the mfj? Autek's VA1 is smaller/lighter, uses only ONE 9v and gives you the sign of X, phase, etc.
    Almost the same as the VNA2180 from Array Solutions (much more precise and expensive). Have all three of them, mfj autek and AS. Love the 2180 for its precision in tuning arrays. Va1 is close and much better than the mfj.
    roy va2gu
  7. AC0FP

    AC0FP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope these units are 10 times better than the MFJ because they are close to 10 times the price!

  8. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's a winning cheap combo:

    HF: VK5JST Aerial Analyzer ~$100

    VHF/UHF: T100 Vector Antenna Analyzer ~$200

    For 300 bucks, these two analyzers combined will knock the socks off MFJ's offerings in terms of features. Might cost more than a MFJ-259B combined, but the graphical interface of the T100, combined with it's computer hookup capabilities is a sure winner. AND you get full 70cm coverage.

    Granted that none of the above or MFJ's antenna analyzers would even be able to sneeze at a NIST certified instrument. But what do you expect for this kind of price?
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  9. K9FV

    K9FV Ham Member QRZ Page

    The AIM4180 is really nice and only about twice the price of the MFJ-259B. Only used with computer - desktop or laptop.

  10. AC0FP

    AC0FP Ham Member QRZ Page

    The MFJ-259B is portable, I don't think I could haul my computer outside to do antenna checking!
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