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I bought the unit with the band switch out from a local ham. Basically all roller inductors, regardless of tuner brand, require periodic maintenance.
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. But nothing is perfect, especially on a piece of gear that is maybe forty or more years old, so let’s heathoit this one a good close inspection and see what we find.
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. I like the modern styling and appearance of this tuner SA non A It seems to fit right in with all the modern gear in my shack. However, manuual dual meters on the Heathkit are very clear and easy to see.
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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. Contact the site with comments or questions.
It almost seems this was an oversight in the Heathkit build manual. This thing is based on the original manaul Matchbox”, and the description is spot on – sucker will load up a heatkit. This tuner will do everything the others do.
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I had the MFJs legal limit tuners arc barefoot using an old Yeasu that put out about watts using sweep tubes. First off I have the sb and picked this up to have the set,wow what a tunner. They are a great time and trouble saver. First it is necessary to remove the input capacitor to get to the roller, and then remove the roller!
I suspect after the lighting mod is done, the tuner will appear to look like another rig or amplifier sitting in the shack. However, there is a repair, it just takes a little work. Unless you take this precaution it is too easy to lose heahhkit parts and in old gear, there are NO replacements.
The snap position tends to twist and allowing the wafer switch in the back to get out of alignment. If you know how it was put together, you can more easily take it apart and then reassemble it.
Heathkit should bring it back First we’ll tackle the manua, I had put a band switch in the sb a few months ago and didn’t use the new shaft only pulled the wafers and put on my unit to simplify the installation. The Heathkit SA is the clear winner. I love both those tuners, but in my opinion the A is the clear winner.
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I think I made a wise decision, and a good purchase. I made up a chart to keep nearby and can quickly tune it on another band if I want.
I ran it to an old half dead HP student grade 2 channel O Scope, which works as a heathkti monitor scope now. It ain’t a gonna happen now! Then I put on some beautiful shiny knobs and placed this puppy in service.
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I prefer not to have any electronic sa-2600a boards inside a manual tuner as these are just another series of components to potentially burn out in the event high output power is run, when something isn’t tuned quite right.
This has a very firm and heavy snap to the band switch now and will never lose its alignment. In a matter of 6 months, have worked many countries and all states. If you’ve visited this site before you know that one of my favorite pastimes is rebuilding old ham gear. This model was more difficult to build than the SA We can pull an “old timer’s” trick by reversing the coil. Manjal bought mine from the estate of a friend who recently passed. I replaced the hardware with standard computer case screws and torqued them down with a Philipscareful though, or the brass couplings may strip out.
One other little problem – the old glue had given up and the disk at one end of the roller had come out.
I also installed a flexible coupler between the roller and the panel shaft. The band switch needs some attention in this unit.
A unique idea on the part of Heath. After doing this maintenance, the roller on the Heathkit was very smooth and had a high quality feel.
This tuner is exceptionally well designed, and uses surprisingly high quality components. The Palstar has “electronics” inside, where the Heathkit doesn’t.
I wanted something robust, and functional, and when I saw one of these on eBay, I remembered fixing one of these that arced from the cap to the balun, and spit some fire at me.