Some commonly asked question and answers.
Are M0CVO Antennas waterproof or do they need sealing?All of our products rated to IP56 and are constructed from fully enclosed and watertight components. Self amalgamating tape may be used as an extra seal around your coaxial plug at the feedpoint.
The screw terminals are stainless steel but it may still be advisable to dip them in grease to protect them from severe elements.
Do I need an ATU?
For the HW-40HP you will not need an ATU to operate on the 40, 20, 10 and 6m bands and for the HW-20HP for the 20,15, 12, 11, 10 and 6m bands. On other bands an ATU will be required. The Magitenna will tune from 80m - 6m (including 60m) via an ATU. An ATU is necessary when using any of the LW (Long Wire) range of aerials.
With the HW-42HP an ATU should be unnecessary for all bands from 40m - 6m although as with any set up, if you are using an amplifier an ATU is always advisable to provide protection for the finals.
Do I need to mount my antenna at a specific height?
No, not at all. fit them up at whatever height suits you best. We don't all have massive towers and if you wish, you may run them along the top of your garden fence. Just remember, if they are close to the ground or other objects, there may be some capacitive effects but this should not affect the performance too much.
I am told that I should mount it horizontally but don't have space - can I bend it?
A common misconception is that an aerial needs to be completely flat. They can be mounted as an inverted Vee, an inverted L, a sloper, dog legged or in just about any configuration to fit them into the space you have available.
May I collect the aerial myself or do I need to wait for delivery?
You are free to collect your new aerial from M0CVO Antennas but please telephone first to ensure we have what you want in stock. This is for cash or card purchases only and you will not need to pay postage charges.
How much RF power can M0CVO Antennas products handle?
All of our products are rated at 400W. This, however, is for intermittent amateur radio use using transmission modes such as CW or SSB. For constant carrier modes such as AM or certain data modes (RTTY, FT-8, FT-4, etc) you would require a much higher rated unit to operate at this sort of power and the recommended maximum would be <=60W.
On the 1st July 2021 the EU introduced new VAT rules for the import of goods from outside of the bloc. This means that after this date, if you live in an EU member state you may need to pay the VAT before your new antenna is released from customs.