New antenna matcher

I picked up a MFJ-949 Deluxe Versa Tuner II for $120, including shipping, off of last week.  The tuner arrived yesterday in excellent shape and was packed very well.  I set it up and it works great.  I’m still having problems getting 80 meter to match correctly so I’m going to add another 20-22′ of wire to the antenna to see if that helps this weekend.  On 40 meters and up, everything matches very nicely.  Just on 80, I can get it to barely tune to 2:5 to 1 which makes me think the antenna’s just a little too short.

Of course, 80 meters is what I’m wanting to use to contact a few fellow hams on the US East Coast because we’re so close.  So it’s still a work in progress.

I’m hoping to finish the wall on the shack and get drywall up so I have somewhere warm to operate from.  It gets kinda cold in the shed right now!


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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