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Author Topic: IC-7000 / HS-1800 Best way to tune?  (Read 1270 times)
K3GM
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« on: December 21, 2007, 04:52:27 AM »

I recently switched to an IC-7000 in my 2007 Tahoe. I didn't realize that my existing controller (Icom) wouldn't work with the IC-7000.  so I've been using my  MFJ 259B to tune the antenna then switching the analyzer out.  This gets tiring real fast.  High Sierra's site says I need their controller that plugs in to the DIN connector, and that I have to switch to AM in order to tune, watching for the null on the meter.  Is this the only method out there? Is there a third party that makes a better solution?
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W3LK
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2007, 08:03:03 AM »

There are several other controllers on the market, most of them turn counters.

With my DX-70/1800 combo, I simply manually adjust the antenna for maximum noise on SSB, then put the radio in FM mode and fine tune the antenna for maximum output on the DX-70's meter.

Works for me.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007, 09:12:37 AM »

Go to my web site, and look under Neat Gadgets. There is a photo of the new BetterRF unit (it's not on their web site yet). You can even download the manual.

It one part plugs into the CI-V and tuner port, the other to the antenna and 13.8 vdc. Once set up, all you need to do, is push the tune button, and the controller does the rest. All of the controls are those already present on the IC-7000.

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
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W6LG
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2007, 10:39:35 AM »

Do check out the device from Gerry Smith at BetterRF.  It does work great with the HS-1800/Pro.  He's also a nice guy and provides good customer service.   I known him for many years and highly recommend his products.    

73, Jim W6LG, President of High Sierra Antennas
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N5DXL
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2007, 06:56:19 PM »

I have a IC-7000 H/S 1800 on my semi truck and I use
the turbo tuner, works great one touch of the tune
button and it does it magic moving the 1800 to the
lowest SWR.

73
Tom
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W6TER
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2007, 08:17:22 AM »

The 7000 SCREWDRIVER Control is now on my web site - www.BetterRF.com

Gerry, W6TER
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W3FJ
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2007, 05:33:09 PM »

I've tried almost everything out there including most of those you mentioned. There is nothing better than the TurboTuner by N2VZ. It's a true plug & play unit and worth the price. I'd suggest you call Bill and chat with him about it. I've used his device with my two 706MKIIG's and have heard they do just as well with the 7000.
73, Mick
W3ILG
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JK1ATT
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 05:58:26 PM »

Hi, I have IC-7000 working with TurboTuner by N2VZ. My antenna is Sidekick, so HS-1800 should work well. The tuning ends sometimes soon and sometimes longer. I changed stall current and direction DIP switch, and put it between the rig and the antenna. That's all! I think it is value for money.

73 de JK1ATT
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N9ZMO
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2008, 08:07:33 AM »

I'm in the process of specing out an installation for my IC-7000 in my 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with a fiberglass tonneau cover.

My intent is to use a HS-1800 screwdriver antenna for mobile operations. If I understand the information at www.BetterRF.com correctly, I need the following two components to tune up from the radio controls:

7000 Screwdriver Control
7000 Tune Control

I'm up in the air as to the mount point for the antenna right now also. I saw the hitch mount but carry our bicycles via a hitch mount system so that seems to be out. What does the bumper mount entail for install? Any other suggestions for install location to consider?

Thanks,
Kurt / N9ZMO
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W6TER
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008, 09:00:44 AM »

Kurt,

You are correct, you need a 7000 TUNE Control and a 7000 SCREWDRIVER Control. See www.BetterRF.com

Gerry, W6TER
The BetterRF Col.
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KB3MMX
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2008, 10:51:07 AM »


 I also use the "TURBO TUNER" by N2VZ and it works excellent!
 
 Fully automatic with the touch of the "TUNE" button and the antenna knows which way to go, etc....and then stops and gives you a morse code "K".

 Here's the website:
 
  http://www.n2vz.com/

 Great product!



---Chuck
   KB3MMX
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