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Re: [TowerTalk] Grid dip meter and Yagi elements

To: <>, <>,"Dale L Martin" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grid dip meter and Yagi elements
From: "Robert Shohet" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 23:19:26 -0400
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Hi Dale,

Tom nailed it when he said to buy a real GDO. Years ago,
I also bought the MFJ "plug-in" for the purpose of tuning
and cutting 1/4 wave coax stubs.  This purchase was based on
the MFJ tech's claim that it worked great for him on Coax - but he lied!
he cited the ARRL article as "proof" of how well it worked.

After I couldn't get it to work, I called the tech
and held his feet to the fire - finally he 'fessed up - he then changed
his story from saying that he used it himself with coax, to based
on the ARRL article, he THOUGHT it SHOULD work with coax.

But then he (the tech) refused to take the product back for a refund!
I appealed to Tom, W8JI and being the gentleman that he is, Tom
personally sent it back and requested the refund on my behalf.

It took SIX weeks and FOUR unanswered follow-up telephone calls
to receive a refund, and then MFJ refused to refund the $6.00 UPS
charge that I paid to get the plug-in. that was bought on the recommendation
of the MFJ tech who had lied about how well he had seen it work with coax!

Morals of the story:

1) If it is an MFJ product that you are thinking of buying  and you
want the TRUTH about how well it works (or doesn't), ask W8JI.

2) Buy good quality equipment to properly measure whatever it is
you need to measure.

Bob KQ2M

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Martin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 10:25 PM
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Grid dip meter and Yagi elements

> > I am assuming you guys talking about "grid dip meters" are not really
> > talking about these old devices.  What is the modern equivalent?
> > I have an
> > MFJ 259B, for instance.  It is easy to get the resonant frequency
> > of a yagi
> > element split and insulated in the middle.  Can I use it to inductively
> > couple to a continuous yagi element or otherwise determine that
> > resonant frequency in any way?
> >
> Mark,
> I've got a B&W grid dip meter which uses external coils of various sizes
> inductively couple with the 'load' in question.  It works great.  I've
> it a couple of times to evaluate the traps of Cushcraft A3's.  I found
> MFJ has (or had) an optional plug-in for the MFJ-259 which allows it to
> as a GDM.
> I'll be happy to send you my plug-in and if you want to give it a try.
> It didn't work worth beans when I was testing traps.
> 73,
> dale, kg5u


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