Advice/suggestions for good/best ATU for Icom 7300

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by GW3JVB, Mar 18, 2020.

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  1. GW3JVB

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    Hi All

    I wonder could anyone with experience or knowledge please advise as to which might be the most sensible option to consider for an ATU to use with the ICOM 7300 please.

    I have just got myself a nice new ICOM7300 and though I am only able to utilise a full length g5rv antennae I'd like some opinions on which ATU I should consider for use with this excellent rig please.

    Thoughts and comments welcome.

    MW6 WHL
  2. WB2WIK

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    It has an automatic tuner built in (which is rated to accommodate up to a 3:1 VSWR).

    You want an additional one, outboard?
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  3. GW3JVB

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    I always understood that an external ATU would likely perform better than any internal one, hence asking. Am I mistaken, is this not the case ?
  4. WL7PM

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    My IC7300 is perched atop an MFJ-989C.
    I'd spend the TUNER budget on a high power," Legal Limit rated"Manual, roller inductor antenna tuner.
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  5. W9WQA

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    my sg230 tunes all bands with a -piece of wire.
    i use both internal and sg ext, great setup.someone will say dont do that. ignore them and just try it !!

    or use the icom ah4..
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  6. WB2WIK

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    "Wider matching range?" -- yes, very likely.

    A good manually adjustable tuner can often match VSWR >10:1 in the "high" direction (>500 Ohms) and ~5:1 in the "low" direction (<10 Ohms) over a wide range of reactance, both + and -. So "greater range" is pretty likely. But if your full-sized (102' long) G5RV is properly installed, it should provide <3:1 VSWR on 40m, 20m and 12m as well as a portion of 80m. You'd need a better (wider range) tuner to use it on 60m, 30m, 17m, 15m or 10m.
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  7. KC3HUM

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    Get a ldg auto tuner. Super quick and they tune quite a wide mis match.
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  8. N5CM

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    I have 3 solid-state rigs (100 W), all with internal tuners. I prefer to use an external tuner that will handle 1 kW. My horizontal loop and my Carolina Windom require a tuner. I record the tuner settings for each antenna. If the settings differ a lot from the ones recorded, I know something is wrong with the antenna or feed line. I tune for minimum SWR on the meter on the rig.
  9. N3PM

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    I used the LDG AT100 and AT200, with the interconnect cable, on a 7300 and had no trouble at all.
    The two antenna connectors are a nice touch.
    Mike N3PM
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  10. N7WR

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    My experience, having used a number of different external auto tuners, is that they do not tune a broader SWR range than the one built into the 7300. If you need a higher power tuner that's one thing. If you want a broader range tuner go with a manual, not auto, tuner.

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