Which antenna analyzer?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by VE6ADZ, Sep 29, 2015.

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  1. VE6ADZ

    VE6ADZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've never owned an antenna analyzer. I'm thinking about buying the RigExpert AA-170. Another option is the MFJ-225 but I'm thinking that I might have better luck with a RigExpert. Has anyone had experience with these analyzers?

    Adrian
    VE6ADZ
     
  2. K7GQ

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    You might also consider the Sark-110 distributed by Steppir (Antennas)
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    I'd want to know the intended application before making any suggestions.

    Selection of such gear is very application dependent, including how it will be used and where it will be used.
     
  4. KA9JLM

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    I would get the AntExpert.

    MFJ would be my last choice, if you are serious.
     
  5. VE6ADZ

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    Right now I spend most of my time on HF. I would like to be able to check feedlines, I plan to build a 20m yagi this winter, I would like to have an analyzer for HF wire antennas while camping. I would also like 6m and 2m capability.
     
  6. VE6ADZ

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    Thanks, I'll check it out.
     
  7. N2SR

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    Agilent E5061B
     
  8. WB2WIK

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    Then it sounds like possibly you want a field instrument that's small, lightweight, battery powered and easy to carry.

    The ability to sweep and store, and graphically display the results is something many of the higher end units offer but I almost never have a requirement for that, and of course such capability adds cost.
     
  9. WB8NQW

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    In my humble opinion with some experience dealing with the folks at MFJ - anything but MFJ!
     
  10. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    The MFJ models are dependable enough for the average ham and their needs. I have a second hand MFJ analyzer that has never been problematic. Matter of fact I have owned quite a bit of MFJ gear and find that they are better than most give them credit. If they do need to repaired the repair is usually easy.
     
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