[TowerTalk] MFJ vs Original HyGain

Larry & Karen k0is at iowatelecom.net
Sun Dec 30 15:33:11 EST 2007

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 meters.....it won't be HyGain/MFJ. As far as the tri-band operation goes....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 direction.

Larry  K0IS

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