The MFJ-1935 Cobweb antenna review and on-air test

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  1. NN6EE

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    AH FORGET ABOUT THE ANTENNA GUYS!!! THE VIDEO PROVES THERE'S ALOTTA "CUTIE YLs" IN OUR "BOYZ" HOBBY!!! :)
     
  2. SV2EVS

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    Hi everyone,

    Whould this antenna outperforms a homemade dipole with a 1:1 balun ?
     
  3. NV2K

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    Not in terms of gain. The advantages of the Cobweb design over a basic dipole include:
    1. Multiband (resonance in the five highest ham HF bands)
    2. Compact (fits into area less than 3m x 3m)
    3. Relatively omnidirectional (also a liability; less gain; less quiet)
    A dipole can outperform this antenna on its resonant band in its directions of maximum gain. It is something to consider if you want a relatively compact antenna with a near-omnidirectional pattern that is resonant on these five bands.
     
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  4. ON6AB

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    I did some comparison between an AV620 vertical mounted 6m AGL and a cobweb at 10m AGL.
    I compared a lot of stations on FT8 reported signal strenght and carrier strenght on a FLEX3000 panadapter.
    It tuned out that on average, the cobweb has a 4dB gain advantage over the vertical on regular DX (because of ground gain).
    For extreme DX, (Europe to West Coast , VK and ZL) they are on par but only on 20m.
    On the higher bands, the cobweb always has the advantage (because the radiation angle becomes lower).
    Tuning a cobweb is very critical and detuning because of rain can be severe. In my case it was almost 250Khz which rendered the cobweb practically useless.
     
  5. N7TEI

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    Been using the MFJ-1835 for 6 months now. i work exclusively CW and SSB. Spent two days assembling the antenna and over a week tuning each band right where I wanted it. Easy to install and has already survived the Utah weather and a few moderate wind storms without a glitch. Its mounted on a pipe in the back yard at 28 feet without any nearby antennas or obstructions. Overall, it has poor performance on almost every band when compared to a Carolina Windom at 34 feet. Worked several stations and nets with both antennas and am consistently getting better reports when I am on the wire antenna.
     
  6. KK6QMS

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    I would love to see bandwidth specs in antenna reviews. A wire dipole can be <1:1 across the band on most bands but anything with a coil etc bandwidth can be very narrow. Bandwidth is a critical data point not sure why it is not included in more reviews. Here is an example from a 4 band vert by Mosely. I chose to show bandwidth below 1.5:1
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