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I purchased the HW20 OCF dipole from Nigel a few years back now, and it is still in service as a permanent antenna at my QTH, which is saying something in terms of how the antenna performs and has proven to be a reliable, cheap and effective antenna. I have it installed with the balun under my eaves at around 15 feet with the longer leg going down my garden, and the shorter leg running underneath the house guttering, so it is very stealthy but still performs very well in this configuration. It runs on 20, 15, 12, 10m, with no ATU, and runs on 17, 40 and 6 with a little help from my Z817 ATU. I have had many succesful DX contacts with it using only 5 watts with my FT817. I also purchased a 9:1 unun to experiment with longwire antennas from M0CVO which is also of excellent quality. I contacted Nigel by phone for advice about his products on a few occasions and found him to be very friendly and helpful, so great after sales service as well!I'd thoroughly recommend any of his products to anyone without any hesitation.
73's, Ged, M0MGK
I have made many Antenna's in the past, being a true Yorkshire man we don't like to dip into our pockets too often...(hihi) saw an ad online for the Multiband hw42hp OCFD 40 to 10m which played straight into my wheel-house I was amazed at how good it was... no atu was used SWR below 1.5 on all specified Bands. but with the LDG AT pro 100 tuner It will tune from 160m - 6m although 160m is a little ropey, I have had more DXCC's in the last 6 months of using this antenna then I've had for the last 2 1/2 years... JT65 worked all continents at 5w and below 20m Barcelona 872 miles 2w psk31,63,125 worked all continents 10w and below Thailand Japan Reunion Island not a problem for this antenna..
I paid £65 delivered for this model which in my book considering the construction quality and parts used and time is an absolute bargain.... I have a very small garden 13m x 12m the HW42HP is 20.28 meters long and fits in this space as an inverted "V" with room to spare....Many thanks M0CVO from a very happy customer.....best 73s
For many years I have had loops hanging from the trees at the bottom of my garden. I used to feed them with 1/4 wave 75 Ohm transformers. Then I connected them together and fed them with a homebrew ferrite cored transformer but I never seemed to get the turns ratio right to reliably get below 1.5 to 1. At Hamfest this year I bought a 4:1 Balun from M0CVO and hey presto 1:1 - and ofcourse I've got the balun benefit. Words should be added to the sales blurb for the 4:1 and use with loops. Cheers.
Magitenna arrived two day after i ordered it,i strung it up in my back yard from just below the gutter 20 feet to about 8feet to the washing line pole. Hooked it it my FT817 via an LDG 817 tuner and got a perfect swr on 20 meters.My first contact was a station in central Germany who gave me a 5/7 with just 5watts.I look forwad to getting out and about with it and work some QRP portable.I will experiment with different configs and try some counterpoise.All in all a great end fed,easy set up well made and it works
I purchased an HW40HP OCFD some time ago, this antenna is in my attic, in a flat 'V' configuration, it is used exclusively on Digimodes, and mainly on QRP, on all bands. The 59 reports from every corner of the world, say it all. I would recommend this antenna to anyone, who has space restrictions or unfriendly neighbours / councils, and wish to get on with the hobby ? I have also had some SSB contacts in to the USA using 10w on 12m / 10m.
Hi Ordered HW-20HP on Thursday afternoon the16th of Jan, delivered on Saturday the 18th at 8am.
Fantastic service thanks. Have tried out the antenna it does all you say it was designed to do. 40mtrs with atu, swr = 1.3/1. Fantastic! barry m1cyj
Hello Nigel - Very pleased to get my HW-40HP through the post the very next day.
Hi Nigel, great to meet you again at National Hamfest It was nice to see your range of antennas is expanding, and I wish you well for the future.
Best 73, de Dave 2D0YLX
Just wanted to say a very big thank you for the LW-20 lonwire antenna which went up yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised how well it has tuned to 40m, a band that I have had minimal success with my vertical antenna in the past. Highly recommended and thanks for a prompt delivery, and the advice I sought from you was most appreciated
Recently purchased the HW-40HP to replace an old half size G5RV.
I only have a small garden so one leg of the antenna has to slope down the roof of the bungalow from the chimney and the other leg goes out to a tree and has to be bent to enable it to fit the available space.
The antenna tunes up perfectly on all bands 40 to 10mtrs with my Icom AT-180 tuner and tunes up at swr 1.5:1 on 80 mtrs through my Vectronics VC300 manual tuner. I have had some contacts on 80 mostly on PSK31.
The antenna seems to bring in a little more noise than the G5RV but I am making some good contacts on all bands.
Just called CQ on 20 mtrs PSK31 using 35watts and received a contact straight back with a K4 who reported, "its just after 7am here and your booming into North Carolina", I was very pleased. A UA9 also replied to me on 20mtrs PSK just after the K4.
The HW-40HP looks very neat and is not as obtrusive as the G5RV which had the ladder line running down the roof.
So far all looks good. Time will tell.
Thanks for the phone advice and speedy delivery.