|To:||GALE STEWARD <email@example.com>,towertalk reflector <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ 259B vs Autek VA1|
|From:||Pete Smith <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 12 May 2004 13:57:50 -0400|
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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