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FT-897D and FC-30 Autotuner set up

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  • iaqspecialist
    Good day to the group, Just purchased the FT-897D with the FC-30 Autotuner. While I was going through the set up procedures on page 43 of the manual and
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4 4:58 PM
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      Good day to the group,

      Just purchased the FT-897D with the FC-30 Autotuner. While I was
      going through the set up procedures on page 43 of the manual and
      changing the setting mentioned at step #3 I found the radio gets
      stuck in the "TUNER" setting once I save it (Step #4). I tried to
      go back and change it to "CAT" or "LIN" but to no avail. At first I
      thought I did something to 'smoke' the radio, as I read later in
      this section (Step #5 DO NOT SET UP THE FC-30 AND FT-897D BEFORE
      CHANGING THE MENU MODE, ITEM NO-20 [CAT/LIN/TUN]), that I should not
      have already connected all the cables for the FC-30. However, after
      I did a CPU reset the default "CAT" setting was reset. I don't plan
      to use a linear or the CAT feature so this is not a big deal, but I
      was wondering if anyone else experienced this.

      Other than that really like the rig so far. It just offers so much
      in a really nice package. Still learning.

      just a note: I did some tests with the autotuner as I read on
      eham.net there was some poor grades given out. It seems to work just
      fine as long as the SWR is 3:1 or less which is to be expected, I
      guess some folks expect this to do miracles. I put a SWR meter
      between the rig and the autotuner for comparison with and without
      the tuner active. I tried 6m on a 10m dipole then 10m on a 6m
      vertical. This would test the autotuner two ways, a high SWR
      reading for a VHF band on a HF antenna, the other an untunable match
      from VHF to HF. Without the autotuner I had a SWR of about 3 on the
      10m dipole at 50MHz. With the tuner <1.4 SWR...it was successful.
      Without the autotuner I had a SWR of >3 on the 6m vertial on 28MHz.
      With the tuner I got the HSWR (High SWR) display...the result was as
      expected. The test proved that the autotuner works to specifications
      and the radio can detect a forced high SWR...good to know and nice
      feature to save your final output stage.

      73,

      Jason
      N3RAY
      www.pennwireless.org
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