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Author Topic: MFJ-9296 QRP Travel Radio, 6-Band, CW Transceiver/SSB Receiver  (Read 6938 times)
KK4MRN
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« on: August 15, 2014, 09:18:04 AM »

Found this radio on MFJ's web site today for US$230.   Tempting... So, tempting...

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-9296

Does it really include all these bands in this radio for the price?

How do you change band?   Is there a knob, switch or button or do you have to manually change out band modules?

The MFJ-9296 could be (not sure) based on the MFJ-9200 radios (MFJ-9215, MFJ-9217, MFJ-9220, MFJ-9230, MFJ-9240, and MFJ-9280).  Typically, you bought one of these radios for a specific band.  Then you bought any additional band modules.  To change band, you had to switch out band modules.

Yet, the MFJ-9296 includes all 6 bands.

Looks like MFJ is trying to compete with Hendrix qrpkits PFR3, Ten Tec/You Kits HB1B/HB1A, and Elecraft KX1.

Anyone bought one of these MFJ-9296 or MFJ-9200 radios?

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G4CMY
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 10:00:37 AM »

Not seen this before but it looks like a useful rig at a very good price.

The band switching appears to be done by exchanging plug-in modules -

".....The MFJ-9200 covers 80 through 15 Meters using computer-modeled plug-in filter modules ........."

and it looks like the price includes modules for all the bands covered.

As you say - tempting.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 11:55:55 AM »

It's not that new.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/9879

Evidently to change band "modules" (which seem to be just filters) you have to remove the bottom cover; not so convenient.

However it is cute and inexpensive!
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N8XEE
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2014, 04:49:43 AM »

Does it really include all these bands in this radio for the price?



No.  It includes one module.  If you want more than 1, you need to buy them for about $30 each......
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W5RZ
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2014, 07:36:41 PM »

The MFJ-9296 definitely includes all the band modules.   92XX models (9220, 9240, etc) are the same radio with just one band modules.    The 9296 is a bargain at $229 unless you just want to operate one or two bands.
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WX7G
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2014, 03:04:51 PM »

Download the manual and have a look.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2014, 08:38:34 PM »

I received my new MFJ catalog and was looking at this rig today.  You can spend $200 for one band or $230 for all 6 bands! Looks like a no-brainer!

What I want to know, is it any good?

UPDATE:  Downloaded the manual.  To change modules, two knurled nuts are removed from the rear and the case is slide off; the selected module is plugged in and a knurled screw is tightened to ensure good contact and ground.  The case is replaced and the two knurled nuts are replaced.

Looks like a PITA to change bands at first blush but considering the price and features of the rig, a small amount of inconvenience should be tolerated! 

If this rig works as advertised it looks like a QRP winner.

 
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KE6EE
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2014, 10:24:14 PM »

What I want to know, is it any good?

The eham reviews are listed under QRP rigs and MFJ 9200.

If read them you will see that several reviews have major reservations about the receive quality.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2014, 07:17:17 AM »

EE:  I'll check out the reviews again.  I wasn't aware that the 9200 was the same as the 9296.   Roll Eyes
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KW4AD
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2014, 08:11:25 AM »

I didn't get one of these, but I did recently pick up a HB1A and with about 10 seconds of solder iron time, I added one jumper and activated xmit on 30m as well ... making it a 20m,30m,40m 4-5 watt CW xceiver with no swapping required. I got mine for ~$210 VERY slightly used with a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack. Only had it a couple of weeks, I've been impressed so far.

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