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Author Topic: Is anyone using the new Mantiz FX-2 transceiver?  (Read 6908 times)
KU4UV
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« on: October 05, 2012, 10:17:15 AM »

I was thinking about maybe picking up one of the new Mantiz FX-2 transceivers later in the year or early next year, but I haven't seen any reviews or opinions on it.  It looks like a really nice transceiver, with 2 bands for around $190.  I used a Youkits 4-band QRP transceiver on Field Day, and had a lot of fun with it.  I found I could easily contact almost any station I could hear from our setup in Southern Kentucky.  I would love to see a review in QST in the next few months. The QST Youkits transceiver review gave it it some hits and misses.  I sold my Youkits transceiver shortly after Field day.  I just needed something to use for the event.

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Mike KU4UV
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GILGSN
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 01:34:08 PM »

I have thought about getting one... I only wish it allowed SW listening around and between the two bands. I might still get one. It is so small! My other choice would be a KX1. I already have a K1 though, and I'm never going to sell it. If I get the Mantiz, I will post a review..

Gil.
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GILGSN
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2012, 09:35:02 AM »

I'll probably receive it some time next week :-)

Gil.
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KU4UV
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2012, 03:02:34 PM »

I'll probably receive it some time next week :-)

Gil.


Keep me posted as to how well it performs and what your thoughts are on it.  I am still seriously considering picking one up this winter.  I wish it had the option of 20 and 40 meters though instead of just 30 and 40 meters.  I like to go camping on my family farms, so I may buy this thing soon to have for the spring and summer months.

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Mike KU4UV
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GILGSN
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2012, 03:09:05 PM »

I thought I would have preferred 40 and 20 also, but the more I try 30m, the more I am thinking 40/30 is better...
I will post a full review as soon as I have a few QSOs on it...

Gil.
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GILGSN
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 11:43:26 PM »

I posted my review on Eham.

Gil.
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KU4UV
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 03:24:01 PM »

Speak of the devil.  The January issue of QST arrived in my mailbox two days ago and there is a review of the Mantiz in this issue. 

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AD6KA
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013, 06:07:12 PM »

I just a took a couple of quick looks.
Nice that they included a memory keyer,
rare in that price range. I didn't see receive & xmit
current draw listed for this unit, which would be nice
to know since this appears to be a "field"
QRP unit.
I did notice this in the instructions:
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"Included with the unit is a power plug for the FX-2. You will note that the cable has a line marked on the cord indicating “+ Positive”. Make sure this is wired to your Power supply correctly or damage will occur to FX-2!"
Couldn't they add a cheap zener diode for
reverse polarity protection?
I realize this is a "Nit" and you could fix it
yourself,
but all the same,I can't recall a QRP
rig in the last few years without reverse polarity
protection.
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GILGSN
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 06:11:54 PM »

Receive current draw is 0.09A (display ON), transmit current is 0.58A on 40m and 0.44A on 30m.
You mileage may vary...
Gil.
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