A good Grid Dip ........ look for a good old " Boonton " in surplus.
MFJ as a grid dip, it works, but it does'nt show the deep sharp dips ( Tom
explained why ) one would expect comparing with our good old triode dip
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Shohet" <email@example.com>
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <W8JI@contesting.com>; "Dale L Martin"
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 5:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grid dip meter and Yagi elements
> 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
> 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" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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
> > > 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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