|[AMRadio] Ameritron ATR-30|
manualman at juno.com
Sat Sep 24 13:53:47 EDT 2005
The Palstar AT4K or 5K is what you need.Built like a battleship.
Their web site is here: http://www.palstar.com/
On Sat, 24 Sep 2005 14:23:36 -0300 "Deric Affleck" <daffleck at auracom.com>
> HI Patrick,
> Unfortunately you got taken like lots of by MFJ's slick marketing.
> stands for: "More F_ _kin' Junk." Ameritron used to be decent but
> since MFJ
> bought them out the quality has declined to MFJ quality. I have
> heard good
> things about the PAL Star tuners - pricy but well built.
> Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Hope you can return it back
> Good luck & 73,
> Deric, VY2DA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patrick Jankowiak" <recycler at swbell.net>
> To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 10:52 PM
> Subject: [AMRadio] Ameritron ATR-30
> > Ok, so I went and bought one because I need one for some TXSG HF
> stuff and
> > 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
> > of the packing material inside.
> > The AC adapter was loose; apparently it had been removed from its
> > box by some little elves or something, apparently more than once.
> Its box
> > was loose, and ripped up. Also said MFJ on it.
> > The front of the tuner has little scratches and marks on it, and
> > 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 turn.
> > 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 shaft,
> > upon which rides what is basically a pair of spring-loaded washers
> > 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
> > ever happened to keys and pins? what a cheap piece! Additionally,
> the feel
> > of the inductor is rough, not smooth, and the knob is very cheap
> > Also, plastic gears for the turns counter do not impress me,
> > when the shaft of the turns counter is not aligned properly at
> > with the gear on the inductor shaft and is obviously under some
> > -sloppy work!
> > Speaking of the workmanship, while I am at it, the front panel of
> > inductor assembly is not mounted parallel to the front panel of
> the unit.
> > am not talking a thousandth here, I am saying it looks like some
> > a grudge against radiomen put this thing together! Strangely, the
> rear of
> > the inductor is straight.
> > The cermaic insulators on the rear have metal-to-ceramic contact
> > 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
> > 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
> > would want to run 1500W 100% carrier through that little switch
> > 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
> > today and plunked down $500+ for this thing) and they have no idea
> > 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
> > 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
> > corners cut like that, I don't want this thing. It's not what I
> paid for.
> > 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
> > radio - which is fine for a 300W PEP tuner.
> > I'll keep it only if they want to give me a lifetime warranty
> > overnight drop-ship replacement and return label in perpetuity.
> > disgusted,
> > PJ
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