Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Internal autotuner for mcHF arrives from Ukraine

My much-anticipated internal autotuner for the mcHF arrived in this morning's mail and I'm hoping to install it into the mcHF this weekend.

Reports from other users are positive and, if all goes well, it will make a great addition to a rig that I like much more than I'd expected, particularly for outdoor ops. At $98 (shipping to US included), I think it represents a good value, especially when compared to the price of an internal autotuner for the KX2 ($200).

Alexey UT0UM quickly responded to my initial order and then provided a tracking number the next day. The kit arrived well packed and with printed instructions in color. 

My only hesitation comes from not knowing exactly how to disassemble the mcHF in a logical order since I didn't build it myself. I guess "slow & steady" with photos along the way will save me if I do something in the wrong order.

I will have to change the RIT encoder on the mcHF to one that is both an encoder and a push-button switch. It is not included with the kit, since not all users need it (the Chinese clones come with the switch-encoder already installed), but it was only $2 from Mouser and is already on-hand.
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