Video: Inside Palstar AT5K & Millen 92200 Antenna Tuners

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KA0KA, Jan 4, 2019.

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  1. KA0KA

    KA0KA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Carl that is 100% correct, if you saw in the video I put some over-lay text indicating that as well. Hard to have it all. I had to just get a tuner done up from scratch to achieve my goals, but everything is a compromise really to some extent.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  2. VK3XXY

    VK3XXY Ham Member QRZ Page

    quality all the way to the bank , i have a mfj-986 early model , works great but just not as good , James millen quality, i often see the separate roller inductors at ham fest , for a great price .
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  3. W3ICM

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    Excellent points, Carl. I'm curious about the performance of each tuner in: 1) handling poor SWR antennas; and 2) a simple wire antenna, not necessarily a "long" wire. Opening up the case and showing the capacitors and inductor and their ratings really doesn't tell me much.

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  4. KA0KA

    KA0KA Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. KA0KA

    KA0KA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had some additional questions on the application of the lubrication on the roller inductor so here is that video as well if interested, also posted on my youtube channel:
  6. W2JBL

    W2JBL Ham Member QRZ Page

    If that Palstar tuner is good for 3500 watts why does it need a fan blowing on the roller inductor? Hasn't anyone else noticed this? That's a bad sign. In typical "ham" fashion underrated components are being stressed to the max so Hambone puts fan on it. Reality check: Hit that tuner with 3500 watts CW into a highly reactive load and watch the ensuing light show. And Tyler- are you still afraid to drive your Chevelle in the rain?
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  7. KA0KA

    KA0KA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am only showing what is inside each, yes it is odd... That is why you have to make your own tuner, I have thousands in the custom one only because of the Bird section, custom meters and custom panels...
    I am doing IR camera tests on a few components with pre-recorded transmissions to see what they look like as well, fun stuff!
    On my 1969 SS well that was a beast!!! Thanks for the memory hihi...
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
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  8. WB5FAX

    WB5FAX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have this tuner and took it out of line for two reasons
    1. 20 Meters ca not tune some frequencies at all

    2. Can NOT TUNE 160 at all stray swr imbalances
  9. K8AI

    K8AI Ham Member QRZ Page

    What's up with the CB-equipment-sounding "Palstar" name anyway?

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