Hi all, I have been able to get up and running (mostly) with my Flex 6300, my first step into SDR. Now I need to figure out a better way of tuning it. I considered the optional built in ADU but it maxes out at matching a 3:1 SWR. I have an MFJ 998 tuner that I have used with my Kenwood 590 and it tunes everything I have ever connected it to. My question is there any way of getting it to tune when I press the tune button in the software? I know that I can:
1. Turn the power down to 5w
2. Switch to CW mode
3. Press the tune button on the MFJ 998
4. Switch the mode back to LSB/USB
Is there a means of semi-automating this procedure? If so what connections do I need on the Flex and what connections do I need on the 998? Idealy I would like to be able to push the tuner button in the software and have it drop the power and key the tuner. Is this possible?
In all honesty tuning anything past a 3.0:1 swr on Coax is very hard to do in an autotuner that isn't the size of your flex radio. I have no recommendations for what you are asking however I have a manual tuner that far surpasses the performance of an automatic tuner but it takes longer to tune. I too have a 6300 and love it.
Also keep in mind that depending on the antenna you are feeding, even if you are able to match that 3:1 swr or 20:1 for that matter over unbalanced coaxial line your going to be plagued with gobs of common mode current. So ensure you utilize proper common mode chokes on both ends of your feed line to protect your shack/finals from common mode current. Remember - RF Always returns to the source.