Re: [QRP-L] What difference can a different transmatch (antenna tuner) make?

Michael McEwen Z-11 Pro into three different PAR EndFedz and a home brew 17 dipole show a good match across the bands for 40/20/17...coax feed...tuner at TXCVRs (Icom 718 and LNR LD5)...using an MFJ 259B to verify...

Maybe I'm lucky...

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Michael T McEwen
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On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:45 AM, Brian Short <520short@...> wrote:
Obviously, many radios have internal autotuners, too.  I am not a fan of
in-shack autotuners, personally.

I have experimented with several SGC autotuners over the years.  They
are all different.  I have one that will tune a 23' vertical on 160m, but only
handles relatively low power (fine for QRP).

I have another that will handle 500w (not so QRP), but requires a very
long radiator for 160m (like 250').

Both require 12v and a coaxial cable connection.  The VSWR on the
coax is close to 1:1 so loss is there is fairly low.  For flexibility and the
coverage of many bands, I find them hard to beat (like 160-6m with a
single 23' radiator).  Obviously, performance varies and a 250' wire
works quite well on some lower bands. :)

On Nov 24, 2015, at 2:34 AM, Alan Larson wrote:
>  For the folks here who have used them, what do you think of autotuners in
> general,
> and these brands/models specifically?  Good idea, or not really effective?

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