New (to me) MFJ-269 Pro
Well it came today, i only had to stand at the post office for 20mins and observe the wild house wife in their native enviroment. I think i saw it all from a girl straight out of 1982 to full white sun dress and huge white hat to the mom with screaming kids running crazy and one on the hip. But slow and steady i made it to the front of the line.
Now onto the 269. Its not as big or heavy as i had thought and the original box and manual were great extras. However when i opened it up there was a little corosion on one of the battery terminals that was bad enough it kept the unit from powering up. I cleaned it up and away she went. Something that is purely OCD is the mode and gate buttons arent square in the holes. It is just a thing about being a machinist then a Marine, everything must be square, covered, and aligned.
Well my ed fong checked out as promised with a quick sweep nothing crazy given its 18" from the side of my house right now. My 31' wire worked 40-6 with a 3.0 being the highest swr. Then i moved onto my arrow yagi just sitting in my lap. Once i hooked it up i started moving my hand around the gamma match and found i could move the swr almost 1 unit.
So thats about it so far i have a crazy todler running around here keeping me on my toes so maybe tonight ill mess with it some more. Also im sorry about any spelling or grammer im on my phone.
I hope your unit holds up. I was looking at one myself, but I believe that I will get something a little more reliable than the MFJ. Its seems that getting a good unit is a crap shoot and long term reliability is questionable at best. I don't use VHF/UHF, so I might get a RigExperts AA-54 instead.
Keep the group posted on how your unit holds up.
One of my requirements was vhf and this one fit nicely into my budget.
I dug out my old 2 meter tape measure yagi and it was less than 1.3 across 144-148 i was super excited i built that within a month of getting my license and knew a lot less about antennas. The design is right on the money.
I love mine. Never had a bit of trouble and use it a lot.