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Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by K5VZD, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. K5VZD

    K5VZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    mfj 1899t ... I know theres an antenna forum!!!! But I'm looking for QRPer opinions...
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  2. W6KLD

    W6KLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's ok for what it is. I travel and enjoy the portability. useful on 20/17m with a good counterpoise. Have worked 40m outdoors.
    75/80m has worked with local. (5 miles)
  3. K5VZD

    K5VZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    tks Mike.. That's kinda what I expected to hear..
  4. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mounted on the rear connector, with sufficient overhead clearance, a c'poise, it works.
    Careful tip, wander-lead and c'poise adjustment negated need for a tuner.
    A little sketchy mounting it directly to the front panel's BNC.
    Wish it came with PL259 instead of the BNC.
    Mike N3PM
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  5. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are always better options, but the little MFJ antenna is great for setting up on a table when you don't have any other choices.
    Here is how to use it so it's set up to be actually resonant per band.

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  6. KM6KJI

    KM6KJI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a 1820t, the 20m-only version of the series. I use it with my ft-818 and I'm satisfied with it. Compromised performance, but extreme portability. It takes less than half a minute to set up and start transmitting, if the counterpoise wire is cut for the lowest swr already. Great for hiking hams.
  7. WN1MB

    WN1MB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Plug "MFJ-1899T REVIEW" into any search engine and you'll see links to YouTube videos of QRPers using 'em.
  8. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use one these occasionally with my MTR radio. I built a separate mount for it that clamps to the table. Use an analyzer to find your own adjustments and counterpoise lengths.
    It works pretty well for what it is but dont expect miracles!
    I dont think I would pay the full price for one.
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  9. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Are you interested in QRP use or Portable use? QRP does not imply portable or field use! ;)
  10. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since he asked in the QRP forum and the antenna is rated 25W max I would think the former.
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