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Re: MFJ Anecdote

Chuck M
 

Had purchased a MFJ-259B analyzer from SK estate sale several years ago.  Has firmware V2.21, shows year of 1998.  Worked well for first couple of years I had it, then started acting up.  Wouldn't do some of the advanced features.  

Checked with MFJ support, ordered a new chip, didn't fix problem.  So contacted MFJ again about issues.  Ended up sending it and chip in for service.  Got credit for chip I didn't need and they got it running very well.  Not perfect, but it all works with some playing around.

MFJ service guy, Jimmy Allen, knows his way around the analyzers.  Met him at the 2019 Hamvention in Xenia.

Also own several other MFJ products.  Generally have worked well for me.

73s
Chuck
KD9DVB


On Sunday, April 12, 2020, 03:24:25 PM EDT, radio@... <radio@...> wrote:


Mike;

My experience with my 259B antenna analyzer has likewise been excellent.  It has been a workhorse for me.

73 de Eric, KG6MZS


On Apr 12, 2020, at 12:12 PM, Mike - W0TMW #2207 <mikew@...> wrote:

I've had a number of MFJ products over the years, mostly tuners, I'll admit, and have had zero problems. My 1990's era antenna analyzer still works, too---better than some of the new other brands when compared in the field.

Mike - W0TMW #2207



Re: MFJ Anecdote

radio@hollywoodtitle.com <radio@...>
 

…and perhaps a fool and his money are easily parted ;-)

On Apr 12, 2020, at 12:00 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Sometimes bigger isn't better.

Jerry


Re: MFJ Anecdote

radio@hollywoodtitle.com <radio@...>
 

Mike;

My experience with my 259B antenna analyzer has likewise been excellent.  It has been a workhorse for me.

73 de Eric, KG6MZS


On Apr 12, 2020, at 12:12 PM, Mike - W0TMW #2207 <mikew@...> wrote:

I've had a number of MFJ products over the years, mostly tuners, I'll admit, and have had zero problems. My 1990's era antenna analyzer still works, too---better than some of the new other brands when compared in the field.

Mike - W0TMW #2207



Re: MFJ Anecdote

Mike - W0TMW #2207
 

I've had a number of MFJ products over the years, mostly tuners, I'll admit, and have had zero problems. My 1990's era antenna analyzer still works, too---better than some of the new other brands when compared in the field.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

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On 4/12/20 1:57 PM, radio@... wrote:

Hello Group,

I know MFJ gets a bad rap sometimes for their quality and quality control, so here is a funny little anecdote. 

When I first got my general ticket in 2004, my elmer gave me an old, beat up MFJ 949 Versa Tuner.  I used it for years and made thousands of contacts.   Since I was mostly using multi-band doublets, I decided to splurge on a big, expensive Palstar AT2K tuner.  Lately the variable capacitor on the output didn’t seem to be working, so today I cracked the case.  Turns out the couplers from the dials to the variable capacitors and the inductor are all cracked and damaged, the output has broken failed completely.  They appear to be made of PVC.

So the moral of the story is that I am back to using my supposedly cheap, poorly-made, used MFJ 929 that has never failed in 16+ years .

Go figure.  Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS



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Mike - W0TMW #2207


Re: MFJ Anecdote

Jerry N9AVY
 

Sometimes bigger isn't better.

Jerry

On Sunday, April 12, 2020, 01:58:04 PM CDT, radio@... <radio@...> wrote:


Hello Group,

I know MFJ gets a bad rap sometimes for their quality and quality control, so here is a funny little anecdote.

When I first got my general ticket in 2004, my elmer gave me an old, beat up MFJ 949 Versa Tuner.  I used it for years and made thousands of contacts.  Since I was mostly using multi-band doublets, I decided to splurge on a big, expensive Palstar AT2K tuner.  Lately the variable capacitor on the output didn’t seem to be working, so today I cracked the case.  Turns out the couplers from the dials to the variable capacitors and the inductor are all cracked and damaged, the output has broken failed completely.  They appear to be made of PVC.

So the moral of the story is that I am back to using my supposedly cheap, poorly-made, used MFJ 929 that has never failed in 16+ years .

Go figure.  Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS


KC8WSM now N7RI

Jerry N9AVY
 

Just saw him on the air with new call working N8MAR. Must have missed the update.

Jerry n9avy


MFJ Anecdote

radio@hollywoodtitle.com <radio@...>
 

Hello Group,

I know MFJ gets a bad rap sometimes for their quality and quality control, so here is a funny little anecdote.

When I first got my general ticket in 2004, my elmer gave me an old, beat up MFJ 949 Versa Tuner. I used it for years and made thousands of contacts. Since I was mostly using multi-band doublets, I decided to splurge on a big, expensive Palstar AT2K tuner. Lately the variable capacitor on the output didn’t seem to be working, so today I cracked the case. Turns out the couplers from the dials to the variable capacitors and the inductor are all cracked and damaged, the output has broken failed completely. They appear to be made of PVC.

So the moral of the story is that I am back to using my supposedly cheap, poorly-made, used MFJ 929 that has never failed in 16+ years .

Go figure. Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS


windows 10 versus Windows 7.

 

Still working on the callsign alert. works FB with Windows 10 but not Windows 7 ??
73

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Dave NU4N #1657


Re: New call sing

Rick - N7WE
 

Jose-
Thanks for the update and congrats on your new vanity call!  l wish everyone who gets a new call would post here.  I try to keep my personal member log and DM780 alarms up to date.  You are updated my friend!  And Happy Easter and God Bless to you too!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


New call sing

WP4DT-JOSE OSUBA
 


Hello my Friends 
My new vanity NP3T
Ex.WP4DT
For your security Stay at Home!
73 good dx God bless....

José osuba


Re: Memership calls in HRD/DM780

Rick - N7WE
 

Dave-
As Yoda would say: "Strange, that is!"  For me it is all magic.  Sometimes the magic works.  Sometimes it doesn't!  But I get by with a little help from my 070 friends.
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Memership calls in HRD/DM780

 

Ok Rick what I did was to change sounds. I have a MFJ viA serial port and a Signalink USB. I get audio of members with the Signalink in line and not from the MFJ serial port.
Strange uh?  Hi HI
Thanks again 73
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Dave NU4N #1657


Re: Memership calls in HRD/DM780

 

Thanks guys , I will try that Rick.  In Windows 7 your right, no audio. But my Windows 10 works perfectly.
73

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Dave NU4N #1657


Re: Memership calls in HRD/DM780

Rick - N7WE
 

David-
I had this problem in the past with HRD.  I can't remember exactly how I fixed it...and then something happened and the problem was back.  As I recall, it had to do with settings in both HRD Alarms and Windows (I'm still running Win7).  There was a combination that let the audio alarm work, but if any one was incorrect, then it didn't function.  I too decided it wasn't worth $50 to have help with it.  When it was working, I soon became dissatisfied with it for 070 work.  There were almost continuous announcements during 070 events. 

What I ended up doing instead was to use SuperSweeper and edit the Action: Colors tab to set different colors for Background and Text for 070 members. I use Lite Blue background for members and Bright Green for LONPs.  Then I set Text Color to Automatic for those I haven't worked and change the Text color to Red when I've worked them (both regular members and LONP).  That way when I look at the SuperSweeper waterfall, I can tell visually if a call is non-member, member, or LONP member and if I've worked them before or not.  It is a pain to set up going through all 2700+ member calls, but I've found that works better for me than the audio alarms.  Your mileage may vary!  

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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Memership calls in HRD/DM780

 

I also do not get an audio alert for cq stations.
Searching HRD blog did not help. Now HRD wants $50 to answer my question. DONT THINK SO.
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Dave NU4N #1657


Memership calls in HRD/DM780

 

I have put the membership call/number in  hRD-dm780. I am not getting any audio alert when a member call shows up in super sweeper. Thanks in advance.
Dave NU4N #1657


Re: 7QP is coming May 2nd

Jerry N9AVY
 


Only grids I need in UT are DM 47 & 58, but have listened to QP last few years and never heard anyone in those grids. Probably won't bother looking during QP since many ops have gone to FT-8/FT-4.


Jerry n9avy

On Friday, April 10, 2020, 04:25:03 PM CDT, W7RIV <nnegrom@...> wrote:


Good opportunity for those looking for Utah Grids (or any other 7th call area). 7QP is coming up May 2nd.

Bryon Densley, W7RIV

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Darryl Hazelgren <darryl@...>
Subject: 7QP is coming May 2nd

We have an outstanding record touphold. Based on number of logs received last year, 7QP is still the 3rdlargest QSO party in the country and growing. All kinds of 7QP info isavailable at www.7QP.org.

 

Remember the Digital category orin mixed mode. Any digital contact counts 4 points! We can help out all thoseguys looking for Utah on RTTY or PSK. Suggested frequencies: 80 kHz up on PSK;86 kHz up on RTTY.  The Digital modesprovide another way to get more new operators with modest stations into theactivity on HF. Unfortunately, FT4 and FT8 will not work, the 7QP exchange notcompatible.

 

If you log on a computer,please email us a copy of your log even if you don’t care to compete for anaward. It helps us score the event. A convenient Web Form is available to pasteyour log into.

 

Suggestion: If you are not usinga computer logging program, now is the time to get into it. I suggest usingN1MM+. It's easy, it's FREE, and was used by 63% of all entrants last year. Evenif you are using another program to track your QSOs, DXCC, etc., you can easilyexport your log from N1MM back into it when the contest is over. Not only that,there are three other QSO parties that also use our weekend. N1MM is the onlyone that will let you log their exchange as sent. You can then enter these bysending your log to them. It helps us and them too.

 

Talk it up when you can. Yoursupport and enthusiasm for this event is the backbone of the participation in Utah.And remember to put May 2nd on your wife’s calendar so you don’t getpre-scheduled.





7QP is coming May 2nd

W7RIV
 

Good opportunity for those looking for Utah Grids (or any other 7th call area). 7QP is coming up May 2nd.

Bryon Densley, W7RIV

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Darryl Hazelgren <darryl@...>
Subject: 7QP is coming May 2nd

We have an outstanding record to uphold. Based on number of logs received last year, 7QP is still the 3rd largest QSO party in the country and growing. All kinds of 7QP info is available at www.7QP.org.

 

Remember the Digital category or in mixed mode. Any digital contact counts 4 points! We can help out all those guys looking for Utah on RTTY or PSK. Suggested frequencies: 80 kHz up on PSK; 86 kHz up on RTTY.  The Digital modes provide another way to get more new operators with modest stations into the activity on HF. Unfortunately, FT4 and FT8 will not work, the 7QP exchange not compatible.

 

If you log on a computer, please email us a copy of your log even if you don’t care to compete for an award. It helps us score the event. A convenient Web Form is available to paste your log into.

 

Suggestion: If you are not using a computer logging program, now is the time to get into it. I suggest using N1MM+. It's easy, it's FREE, and was used by 63% of all entrants last year. Even if you are using another program to track your QSOs, DXCC, etc., you can easily export your log from N1MM back into it when the contest is over. Not only that, there are three other QSO parties that also use our weekend. N1MM is the only one that will let you log their exchange as sent. You can then enter these by sending your log to them. It helps us and them too.

 

Talk it up when you can. Your support and enthusiasm for this event is the backbone of the participation in Utah. And remember to put May 2nd on your wife’s calendar so you don’t get pre-scheduled.





Re: 30-meters

Peter, NN9K #2629
 

Nothing seen so moving to 40-meters.
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Peter, NN9K


Re: Grids - and kind of OT

Richard Rohrer
 

HI Rick.

Yes, I am aware of the overlay for Google Earth, but I really don't care for it.  Kathy gave up on drawing on the paper maps and went back to using one of the grid maps on the computer.  I would like to get a good overlay for Google Maps, but have not been able to find one so far.  Kathy liked your story about the RV, since she was the principal driver when we had our 36ft class A.  

Jerry, I know what you mean.  We were going over a pass in CO one winter and there was a bolder in the middle of the road, so we carefully went around it to the outside and I thought at least one wheel was in danger of coming off the road.  Since CO does not believe in guard rails, I guess the trees would have stopped us.  I did like the 8 ft poles that mark the road edges for the snow plows.  

73
Dick - KC3EF

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