MFJ-2286 Portable Vertical Antenna with 17 Feet SS Whip
For Top Portable Performance, Carry a "Big Stick"! Like our Big Ear, this portable monopole features MFJ's rugged 17’ stainless-steel collapsible whip paired with an adjustable high-Q air-wound coil. Efficiency matters, so it's not surprising this winning combination stands head and shoulders above shorter backpack antennas.
True Backpack Portability: Antenna is over 18 feet long fully extended, but disassembles and collapses to 28” in seconds. Fits into most any size packs!
Light Weight: Just over 2 lbs. You'll hardly know your packing it!!!
Versatile: Includes MFJ-342T pipe mount -- quickly and easily mounts to a ¼ or ½ inch pipe or mast. SO-239 with lock washer feeds coax underneath the ? - 24 connector.
General Coverage: Tapped loading coil covers 7.0-55.0 MHz without gaps. Great for Ham Bands and outstanding for image-free shortwave broadcast!
Rugged Construction: All aluminum, stainless steel construction ensures years of excellent performance. One Killowatt rated components guarantee electrical safety.
Counterpoise kit included: Ensures low SWR, high efficiency, maximum site safety.
BigStick™ is for the Ham radio operator on the move and on-the-go and hungry for the next great QSO anywhere or anytime!
An Excellent Field Ops Antenna
If you run a Yaesu 857/897/891/817/818 or a Icom 7000 or 706 then this is the antenna for Wasaga Beach and Field operation at the local Parks on the Air. No tuner required and just adjust the tap point and make sure you have an ELEVATED counterpoise about 12 inches off the ground and you are working stations. The telescopic whip is a little flimsy so be careful when using it and you will be fine. I made 3 radials using rotator cable and cut to 1/4 wave for each band with alligator clips on one end. Thus a 5 conductor cable can do 40m to 10m. You can be on the air in 5 minutes. An 897D with its internal battery back and this antenna would allow you to make a ton of contacts anywhere. I store the antenna in a tent pole bag with the radials.