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Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ 259B vs Autek VA1

To: GALE STEWARD <>,towertalk reflector <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ 259B vs Autek VA1
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 13:57:50 -0400
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At 09:03 AM 5/12/2004, GALE STEWARD wrote:
I'm looking at the Autek VA1 which DOES give the sign
of the X value. Any pros & cons of this unit? It looks
smaller and easier to handle up on a tower. Don't
think it needs 10 AA batteries either!

I had an Autek RF-1 for years. Other than the somewhat flimsy plastic-cased construction (which the VA-1 appears to share), it did fine for what it was. I sold it at Dayton a couple years ago and bought the 259B, and have not regretted it for a second. In antenna applications, watching the trend in the value of X as you change frequency will pretty quickly tell you the sign. With rechargeable NiMH batteries, I leave it on trickle charge all the time, and it's ready to go whenever I am. I like the steel case, which gives me some hope that it might survive if dropped on a concrete walk. No, I wouldn't particularly enjoy taking it up the tower with me.

One thing about Autek that I think people should look hard at is their attitude toward customer service. It has been several years since I last dipped a toe in that particular pond, but back then, the watchword was "expensive and surly about it." I hope that has changed. If not, I'd prefer the MFJ.

73, Pete N4ZR
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