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Author Topic: MFJ - What more can be said...  (Read 82435 times)
N4SZO
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« Reply #135 on: March 18, 2014, 08:36:53 AM »

Just bought a new MFJ 949E Tuner and it arrives tonight. Crossing my fingers it will work out of the box as a friend just reminded me about a larger mfj tuner that had rattles out of the box years ago.  OTOH, I was loaned a MFJ packet modem and a small tuner many years ago and both worked fine.
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W1JKA
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« Reply #136 on: March 18, 2014, 08:52:51 AM »

Re: N4SZO

  Don't forget SOP on any MFJ product before use, Pop the cover and give a quick eyeball for anything possibly amiss i.e. loose solder joints/screws/nuts and a check with VOM for continuity/shorts on major connection and switch points.
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N5INP
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« Reply #137 on: March 18, 2014, 10:07:54 AM »

If you want to see the shoddy workmanship of MFJ, go to the current issue of QST (Apr. 14 2014, p.61) a short review of the MFJ-902B Ant tuner.

The picture of the thing clearly shows the bow in the top of the cover - at least 1/16"! Looks like something that came out of a high school shop project. I hope people look at that picture before they buy any MFJ products.

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W1JKA
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« Reply #138 on: March 18, 2014, 10:41:56 AM »

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 A picture is worth a thousand words, but can anybody tell me where in those thousand words the bowed cover originated from?, manufacturer, shipping or possibly dropped on the floor while unpacking unit in Hartford? I don't subscribe to QST but would be interested in the percentage of their Ad revenues (if any) from MFJ compared to the other Big Three advertisers.
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N5INP
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« Reply #139 on: March 18, 2014, 11:12:42 AM »

Re: N5INP

 A picture is worth a thousand words, but can anybody tell me where in those thousand words the bowed cover originated from?, manufacturer, shipping or possibly dropped on the floor while unpacking unit in Hartford? I don't subscribe to QST but would be interested in the percentage of their Ad revenues (if any) from MFJ compared to the other Big Three advertisers.

I don't know, but it's interesting that a clearly obvious shoddy cabinet was allowed to get into a published review like that. May be a subliminal message from the reviewer.  Shocked
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N4SZO
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« Reply #140 on: March 18, 2014, 02:53:03 PM »

Re: N4SZO

  Don't forget SOP on any MFJ product before use, Pop the cover and give a quick eyeball for anything possibly amiss i.e. loose solder joints/screws/nuts and a check with VOM for continuity/shorts on major connection and switch points.

It's waiting for me when I get off work. Will give it a check over..thanks..
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KH6DC
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« Reply #141 on: March 18, 2014, 07:06:21 PM »

If you want to see the shoddy workmanship of MFJ, go to the current issue of QST (Apr. 14 2014, p.61) a short review of the MFJ-902B Ant tuner.

The picture of the thing clearly shows the bow in the top of the cover - at least 1/16"! Looks like something that came out of a high school shop project. I hope people look at that picture before they buy any MFJ products.



High School? It looks like something I did for a Middle School science/electronic fair project.
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N4SZO
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« Reply #142 on: March 18, 2014, 08:09:55 PM »

Re: N4SZO

  Don't forget SOP on any MFJ product before use, Pop the cover and give a quick eyeball for anything possibly amiss i.e. loose solder joints/screws/nuts and a check with VOM for continuity/shorts on major connection and switch points.

It's waiting for me when I get off work. Will give it a check over..thanks..

Well it came in and had no rattles. Loaded up fine on 40 meters though I had some arcing on 80 till I got it tuned in correctly. How normal is this?
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W1JKA
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« Reply #143 on: March 19, 2014, 05:00:25 AM »

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What's NORMAL will depend on many variables with your set up. Did you refer to the operating manual which specifically mentions potential problems when tuning 80 meters due to certain feed lines and antenna types used? You mentioned no rattles, does this mean you just shook, plugged and played or did you actually check out the inside?
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WY4J
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« Reply #144 on: March 31, 2014, 08:21:11 AM »

What would you do if MFJ closed its doors? Do you think another nut would put up with all your complaints and bellyaching and still supply hams with the hundreds of products MFJ does? Be careful what you wish for because you wil not be happy if this company was not around. You should be thanking them for all they do for our hobby and for all the bankrupt companies they have rescued.

I must be the luckiest person in the world. I've been purchasing new and used items from MFJ and its affiliates since 1978. I own at least a dozen of their products from HF tube and solid state amps, various meters, rotors, antennas, switches, buffers, etc. Everthing I owned or have owned as worked as advertised. I reallly feel for all these unlucky hams who always seem to end up with the malfunctiong equipment, lucky me.
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WA6KYR
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« Reply #145 on: March 31, 2014, 11:08:38 AM »

MFJ does a major service selling all those impossible to find gagets
that they offer.   I buy a lot of there electronic parts.  Some of there stuff is not sold by anyone else.  I am glad they rescued all those companies that would have gone away if not for them.   Think about it
 Grin
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N3RTD
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« Reply #146 on: November 11, 2014, 06:41:54 PM »

Hams are the biggest bunch of hard to please people on Earth. Take your pick, Kenwood, Yaesu, Icom. There are enough complaints about them all to go around, not just MFJ. Some complaints are legit and some aren't. Ever drop a piece of equipment or hook it up wrong? Do you blame the damage on your own stupidy or the manufacturer? We all know the answer to that question and if you say not, then you're a saint or a liar. Lemon's do happen, but not as much as we want to think or admit.

I have been involved in electronics for more years than I would like to remember, and in that time being a ham for well over 20 years I have had nothing but trouble with MFJ. I helped a club member set up his new amplifier he bought from mfj, ALS 600, when I took it out of the box there was a rattle in it, I took it apart and found bolts and washers floating around in it. After I essentially re-built it for him it worked fine. Quality control is non-existent, customer service is 50/50 at best. I bought a meter that covered 1.25 meters, it came new out of the box with the meter floating around with broken components due to improper installation of those components. I bought a dsp filter, came right out of the box non functional, I returned it and will never buy from them again, So far I batted a zero with them, I keep asking myself, why do I keep going back on my word to never buy again from them, well, this time is IT!!!!

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KW4AE
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« Reply #147 on: November 12, 2014, 04:41:21 PM »

I sent an item for repair. The meter of their loop tuner stopped working after two months of light usage. They mailed me an authorization form stating 4 weeks wait for processing. After 4 weeks I send an MFJ ticket asking for update and they answer saying the repair dept is backed up and to phone the tech dept and ask the repair be expedited.  Instead I ask for tuner to ship back. I had learned the past four weeks the meter only needs two new diodes. They said ok.

Two days later I phoned the tech dept to see if item shipped. The man was very nice and said "this item is well within warranty, why don't you let us fix it?" I replied " you have had the tuner for four weeks. I can repair it faster, just ship it back, please". Finally he agreed to ship it back.

Now is the scarie part waiting for the item to be shipped back. MFJ seems to be a company that doesn't do what it says. If and when the item comes back I will update my post. An earlier post states that dealing with them on the phone works well but other ways not. I will use the phone way to follow up item return.
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #148 on: November 18, 2014, 10:32:36 AM »

I have two MFJ tuners and they work fine with no problems they've been consistently used over seven years without a hitch.  It's true that the parts may not be the greatest quality but they work within the tolerance of a 100 watt transceiver.  I think that for the price you pay, MFJ equipment is an alternative to the bloated prices of other manufacturers.  MFJ has such a huge variety of offerings and I believe that most of their designs are solid.  Again, the achilles heel for their failure ratio comes from cheaper parts and a limited quality control standard.  Also, think of who works in their plant.  There are many local people employed at MFJ who have never handled a soldering iron before or assembled mechanical products.  The company has to restore pride to their work force by instilling a sense of quality standards they can all be proud of and work to achive it.  I believe that if MFJ reduced their product lines to a narrower selection of components they might be able to concentrate on upgrading their quality. Fewer products might compel them to be more focused on quality for the fewer models they produce.   I would hate to see MFJ fail and go out of business.  In many ways they are that American company that is struggling to compete.  Many hams would definately support them but they have to tighten their standards and their employees need to step up and help for their own mutual benefit.
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KD0REQ
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« Reply #149 on: November 18, 2014, 02:31:45 PM »

arcing tuners... crank the tuner knobs on reduced power, then spin up the drive on the transmitter, and you're not going to see many arcs.  most modern transceivers will graciously fault to remind you of that on your average multiband antenna.  it just gripes me to have to shut the finkin' thing off to clear the fault before dialling down and tuning up.

when you confine all the imbalances and random wild waves inside a little black box, a few are bound to jump around and raise hob.  once they get settled down and play nice, those tuners will carry the power, assuming of course nothing got damaged and all the solder sticks.
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