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Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ vs Original HyGain

To: "'Larry & Karen'" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ vs Original HyGain
From: "Kirk" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 16:16:29 -0600
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I purchased the HyGain HyTower and have had it in use for a couple of years.
This is the third HyTower I've owned over the years.  The others I sold when
moving across the US. All in all, I think the MFJ version is better than the
original.  As an example, the base plate is stainless steel.  The original
was not.  Same with the other fittings (nuts, screws, bolts and other
hardware).  Also, it does a pretty good job on the air.  Of course I prefer
my 4el SteppIR for the higher bands.  It's a pain to set up the radials but
of course as a vertical it's necessary.  I'm not here to argue but in my
opinion they, (MFJ), do a great job in manufacturing this antenna.


Kirk, K6KAR
Niceville, FL  

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Larry & Karen
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 2:33 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] MFJ vs Original HyGain

Personally, I wouldn't recommend the MFJ version of any HyGain original. A
while back I bought a six element six meter yagi and a 5 element ten, both
on eBay. Not having paid much for either although both were in excellent
condition, the difference in the boom material was the first thing I
noticed. It's much lighter than it used to be. When I put the six meter
antenna together I used boom sections from an old TH6DXX which was beyond
repair for a reasonable amount of money due to age. I did this because they
were noticeably heavier (sturdier). Then I found the same thing to be true
of the ten meter yagi as well. The other thing I have noticed is that the
fit between sections of elements is not as good, plus, the hose clamps are
just a bit chintzy as far as design basics go. The old HyGain clamps were
far better. So now that I will be in the market come Spring for a tri-band
yagi or a monobander for 15 or 20 won't be HyGain/MFJ. As far
as the tri-band operation g
 oes....I'm leaning toward the 4 element Steppir. Yeah, I know, compromise
and all that theory, but I have only one tower for these antennas so have to
look at the overall picture. Hope this info helps steer you in the right

Larry  K0IS

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