Installation and review of the Ameritron RCS-8V remote coax switch

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Jul 31, 2017.

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  1. K9PLG

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    Have had one of these for a while and it works great !! Picked it up when I noticed it was priced the same as the 5 port model..(mis-priced ?). It's nice to only have one HF coax going out through my window to feed multiple HF antennas.. only 3 so far, but I have plans for more in my small yard ... I Agree the unselected ports should be grounded... this should be the default for safety reasons if nothing else..
    73 de K9PLG
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  2. NT9E

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    I have been using them since the early 90's. I have used it with 1200-1500w with no problem. I did get hit my lightning in 7/2015 and replaced my unit. The original had an internal power supply so you could actually turn off the power when you turned off the front switch. The newer units use a wall wart where power is consumed even though the switch is off. I am currently modifying mine so it automatically chooses the correct antenna when the radio changes bands.

    Note I would also advise you to put a 6 cond connector on the cable going to the console as you should remove the control cable from the console when storms are imminent. During my last hit, lightning blew out the cable insulation every ft or so all the way down to the shack. JMHO.
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  3. KM1H

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    The original RCS-4 was a poorly designed POJ with very low port to port isolation and would pick up all sorts of strange signals. The redesigned version uses the RCS-8V relays and a better PC board layout. If buying used be sure what you are getting.
  4. K1GUY

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    THIS SWITCH IS HOLDING UP BETTER THAN ONE I BOUGHT WHICH COST TWICE AS MUCH ! It seems to be that if you bolt this to your tower,
    and your tower is grounded, than that grounds the remote box....
  5. W4KVW

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    We have had several locals have stuff go up in smoke with the Four antenna version so I think it's a no brainer for me.I'll stay far far away because I like my gear operational just as it is & those extra feed lines are already there & paid for.Must be those MFJ genes crossing over badly?

  6. WA2LXB

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    Observation: Consider taping up the PL259s at the switch all the way to the top of the PL259s using either Coax Seal or 3M brand 130C rubber splice tape.
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  7. VE2CW

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    Nice review , Pascal . I have RCS-8V , an two off them works verry well for me with
    my heathkit amp sb-220 and my collins 30L-1 with manys antennas .
    73's Michel ve2cw or ve2fkz....
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  8. W1BIQ

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    Thanks for being there for all very helpful videos
    Please send me some info on MFJ 1026
    On how you installed it
    Thank you 73 s w1biq
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  9. VA2PV

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    Hi Freddy, thanks for watching! Yes I will explained the setup for the 1026, but for now, see it in action on my video below. 73 Pascal VA2PV


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