?I have had no problems shipping a new Jupiter back and forth from MS to
Ten Tec. I did it about 5 times! The factory shipping boxes are well
designed to protect the equipment. I finally let them keep the Jupiter and
traded it for an Orion 2 and I received what I paid for the Jupiter.
The internal antenna tuner is good but with an external antenna tuner you
may get a frequency meter and output LEDS which provide useful information.
My LDG Autopro-100 is useful with my FT-817NS. It can be set to measure the
QRP power selections as a LED watt meter.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Curt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 5:12 PM
Subject: [TenTec] Omni VII Internal Tuner failure - advice please.
>I bought my Omni VII 588AT about three years ago and the internal tuner has
> failed. I know, shouldn't have been so stupid as to buy the internal
> but that is hindsight for me now.
> The symptoms are, push tune and the tuner activates at less than 5 watts,
> and immediately finds a "match" on any and all bands regardless of the
> antenna. It grinds forever on a dummy load. The radio works fine
> to my MFJ versa tuner ( internal tuner in bypass ). The same antennas can
> be matched fine with the MFJ tuner. So, I believe the internal tuner is
> broken. With autotuner set to off in the menu, the radio puts out 20W
> "tune" is selected. Everything worked fine one day, but not the next.
> I called Ten-Tec, asked whether just buying a new tuner board was
> appropriate strategy. They said no, suggested a master reset which was
> performed with no joy. Then suggested I return the radio to them. I'm
> reluctant, having heard horror stories about carriers destroying rigs and
> that the "insurance" isn't. I'm imagining either receiving the rig back
> with "couldn't duplicate the problem" and a $200 bill for labor/shipping,
> receiving a destroyed rig and the same $200 bill.
> So, would appreciate some advice. I've thought of
> (1)Just using the radio without the internal tuner, but if problem is with
> the RF deck, probably should have it corrected before the radio goes out
> (2)Do (1) until spring when may be making a trip to TN, just carry the rig
> to them.
> (3)Buy a new tuner board and risk that this is not the problem
> (4)Pack the rig up, send via USPS parcel post/UPS/Fedex insured and pray.
> (5)Remove the board from the rig, sell the rig at a discount before
> something else craps out.
> Thanks in advance, 73 Curt KB5JO
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