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We can pull an “old timer’s” trick by reversing the coil.
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This is a tuner you will not regret owning. Also, regarding ‘screw count’ for shielding, it’s a myth.
I made up a chart to keep nearby and can quickly tune it on another band if I want. It will probably tune a coat hanger to resonance in the meter band.
As it is a kit, the quality of construction may vary. Here is a closer look at the pitted end of the roller on the left, or high frequency end. This tuner will do everything the others do. WHen properly adjusted, then it will handle a KW no problem!
If you’ve visited this site before you know that sa-2060aa of my favorite pastimes is rebuilding old ham gear. Email Subscription You are not subscribed to this review. No manufactured capacitors in these home built Heath tuners.
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A battleship example of a tuner. It replaced my Dentron MTA about two years ago and has never let me down. The “red object” in the foreground is what Heath supplied to put nuts in tight places.
The Heathkit SA is the clear winner. I ran it to an old half dead HP student grade 2 channel O Manyal, which works as a station monitor scope now. My Subscriptions Subscriptions Help. Sw-2060a an arc or spark.
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Therefore, the lack of any electronic circuit boards inside makes the Heathkit more bullet proof in my estimation. If you don’t have one, borrow one from an old timer.
Lighting could be installed above both meters, and to provide inductor counter lighting. As with any good piece of gear, maint. Over the past 10 years I have tried 4 different auto tuners even the high power MFJb but always had little quirks with them, either not tuning right or just too noisy and knew there was no problem with RF in the shack.
This tuner is exceptionally well designed, and uses surprisingly high quality components. I use it with my SB routinely, and it’s a real pleasure to use I find doing this maintenance to any tuner can reduce friction and serves to achieve smoother roller inductor operation. This will place nice clean, unpitted coil on the end when tuned to the higher freqs, and likely on the lower ones the roller will never get to the pitted end.
The tuning caps in the Heathkit are beefy and well made. It almost seems this was an oversight in the Heathkit build manual.
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This model was more difficult heathiit build than the SA Unless you take this precaution it is too easy to lose small parts and in old gear, there are NO replacements. Important also, is no matter how tight you think it is, go inside and tighten up ALL the hardware, and that includes the hand-built capacitors.
I compared it to my Palstar CV tuner and in fact, the Heathkit felt a little smoother. In a matter of 6 months, have worked many countries and all states. I had the MFJs legal limit tuners arc barefoot using an old Yeasu that put out about watts using sweep tubes.
The crank knob on the Palstar does get you there faster though. The roller inductor could benefit from a faster tuning knob, but the manual has approximate setting for each band range, so just set that quickly and then fine tweak if needed.
It’s not difficult, and it is very rewarding. Click on the small pix for larger Pictures. They don’t stick in any spots or bind and turn quite smoothly. The Heathkit has copper metal work where the Palstar is constructed using aluminum sheet metal.
A unique idea on the part of Heath. No “cold solder” joints and an all around nice job. I also remember we were running way above the legal limit and in AM too, so I decided this was my best choice. Never interfaced with an antenna it couldn’t handle.