I recently called Autek to ask about extending the freq range of my old WM-1
SWR/PWR meters to 6M, like the newer ones. The reply was add an RF choke to
the remote head and for $4 they sent me the 2 chokes PPD. The fellow I
spoke with seemed very busy, but was polite and helpful. The WM-1 is a
decent product that has served me well for many years. FWIW. Your mileage
may vary. 73, Jerry K3BZ
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Smith" <email@example.com>
To: "GALE STEWARD" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "towertalk reflector"
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] MFJ 259B vs Autek VA1
> 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
> 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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