|[AMRadio] Ameritron ATR-30|
K6XYZ at valornet.com
Fri Sep 23 22:24:20 EDT 2005
It figures....I would return it and get the $$ back. If you put it on a
credit card, you may have recourse there as well.
This may help...go here, 4 pages.
Broken Arrow, Ok.
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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Patrick Jankowiak
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 8:52 PM
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: [AMRadio] Ameritron ATR-30
Ok, so I went and bought one because I need one for some TXSG HF stuff
decided to go ahead and get the biggest and best one I could find
What a P.O.S the thing is!
It came in what I assume was a factory box, but inside the box:
The thing was rolling around loose inside the box with apparently only
of the packing material inside.
The AC adapter was loose; apparently it had been removed from its sealed
box by some little elves or something, apparently more than once. Its
was loose, and ripped up. Also said MFJ on it.
The front of the tuner has little scratches and marks on it, and the
chassis looks warped, either that or the top cover does not fit
Beat up in shipping?
The inductor seemed OK at first, but now binds up at a spot in each
after about 15 tuning cycles. I found that the cheaply made thing has a
shaft down the middle, on which a support at each end holds another
upon which rides what is basically a pair of spring-loaded washers which
grip the edge-wound inductor between them as they spiral up and down the
inductor, and that one or both ends of this shaft were askew because the
screws in the supports that hold them to the main shaft (and secure them
radially, like a knob is secured to a shaft) were loose. tightening them
was no good because they apparently have been tightened before, and it's
all screwed up and seeks this skewed position after several traverses.
ever happened to keys and pins? what a cheap piece! Additionally, the
of the inductor is rough, not smooth, and the knob is very cheap
Also, plastic gears for the turns counter do not impress me, especially
when the shaft of the turns counter is not aligned properly at
with the gear on the inductor shaft and is obviously under some stress.
Speaking of the workmanship, while I am at it, the front panel of the
inductor assembly is not mounted parallel to the front panel of the
am not talking a thousandth here, I am saying it looks like some drunk
a grudge against radiomen put this thing together! Strangely, the rear
the inductor is straight.
The cermaic insulators on the rear have metal-to-ceramic contact between
the nuts and the ceramic. I didn't notice this until I tried the
line tuning function. then of course I heard the 'grinding' sound I am
we all know. Where's the fiber washers?!?!
The antenna selector switch also has a rough spot in it, but only when
turning it one way between this position and that position. I could not
find the cause. And while I am on about the switch, I cannot believe
would want to run 1500W 100% carrier through that little switch -that's
amps of RF at 50 ohms, through what looks like a 3A switch with a
wafer! It is what is claimed. (3KW PEP, 1500W FSK/carrier)
OK, I called the merchant I bought this from (I walked into their store
today and plunked down $500+ for this thing) and they have no idea about
the packing or otherwise. I asked them if it was a refurb, they said no,
was new from Ameritron.
So, Monday, I am going to contact Ameritron, and let them explain to me
I should not return this thing.
Come to find out, from the merchant, it's same as MFJ! darn it, I am
to buy something that's rugged and well made. But wait - I am stuck with
this now for a couple weeks to use it for TXSG commo. I'm still going to
call them on Monday and have a word with them about it. Seeing all the
corners cut like that, I don't want this thing. It's not what I paid
This is the biggest example of POS workmanship and poor mechanical
have ever seen and that includes most CB shops I have frequented in the
Maybe MFJ knows how to build little 300W tuners, but they are out of the
loop on ones this size. It has the mechanical robustness of an AM clock
radio - which is fine for a 300W PEP tuner.
I'll keep it only if they want to give me a lifetime warranty including
overnight drop-ship replacement and return label in perpetuity.
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