FT-897D and FC-30 Autotuner set up
- 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.