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I had the MFJs legal limit tuners arc barefoot using an old Yeasu that put out about watts using sweep tubes.
I have the non – “A” version. This ameritron band heafhkit ring is ideal for the a. I suspect after the lighting mod is done, the tuner will appear to look like another rig or amplifier sitting in the shack.
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We can pull an “old timer’s” trick by reversing the coil. But then again, this is a Manula and therefore it is extremely easy to add a simple yeathkit plug on the back of this tuner, a few wires inside for 12v lighting and your done.
This tuner will do everything the others do. Basically all roller inductors, regardless of tuner brand, require periodic maintenance. This is a tuner you will not regret owning.
Higher power will pit the roller coil, same as “hot switching”. That’s why I suggest taking pix and keeping notes as you do this job.
And note how they were put in, so you can replace them just as they came out. If you don’t, you stand a good heathkiit of pitting one like this.
No battery or external power required! These units are just superbly laid out, top quality materials used and should last for years. Don’t let someone’s review complaining of a dirty roller inductor or loose parts it’s not Heathkit’s fault if, for example, the unit was left uncovered by a prior owner or screws were not properly torqued when the kit was assembled keep you from enjoying this tuner if you have a chance to.
Swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol cleans any black, carbon like dirt off roller inductor coils quite well. No manufactured capacitors in these home built Heath tuners.
A unique idea on the part of Heath. WHen properly adjusted, then it will handle a KW no problem! I use it for m, and it will load up everything on these bands for me. I made up a chart to keep nearby and can quickly tune it on another band if I want.
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This thing is based on the original “Ultimate Matchbox”, and the description is spot on – sucker will load up a coathanger. And, like all Heath products, the manuals were absolutely the best in the business.
The Heathkit has copper metal work where the Palstar is constructed using aluminum ssa-2060a metal. For me, it is a heathkjt pleasure and a big part of the ham radio experience to take an old piece of gear and rebuild it to as good or better condition than when it was some hams greatest new addition to his shack. This has a very firm and heavy snap to the band switch now and will never lose its alignment. The band switch needs some attention in heqthkit unit.
They don’t stick in any spots or bind and turn quite smoothly.
Heathkit SAA Product Reviews
I thought the best tunner I have heathlit owned was the dentron mt until I have used this one. The Heathkit tuner resembles amplifier equipment in terms of physical size. Like the this SAA also is a simple “T-match” tuner, but it has switched antenna inputs and has a self-contained “RF power detector” in the rear box.
Unless you take this precaution it is too easy to lose small parts and in old gear, there are NO replacements. The SA was more expensive and contained internal SWR and Power meters and allowed switching several different antennas and would cover meters thru 10 meters.
They are a great time and trouble saver. To get to the roller requires some “disassembling. This will place nice clean, za-2060a coil on the end when tuned to the higher freqs, and likely on the lower ones the roller will never get to the pitted end. I have one now and am keeping it for sure. It had to be epoxied back in before the project continued.