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Reviews Categories | Antenna Tuners | Palstar AT1500BAL Help

Reviews Summary for Palstar AT1500BAL
Palstar AT1500BAL Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $$695
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KD5RD Rating: 5/5 Apr 11, 2004 18:39 Send this review to a friend
Best tuner ever!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned 5 tuners in 24 years as a ham and with out a doubt the very best tuner has to be the Palstar AT1500BAL. Indeed, I do prefere balanced line feeders for my wire antennas and after looking at the hamfests at some of the prices for the old balanced line tuners and the construction quality of Palstar I personally think that the obvious choice would be to go with the Palstar. The first tuner that I owned was a used full size Heathkit tuner and it was splendid. After a number of years "out" of amateur radio I got back into things and not really knowing any better purchased one of the "lower power" MFJ tuners. What a piece of JUNK. After it BURNED UP I purchased the largest MFJ tuner and it lasted a shorter time than the first one did, all of this at 100 watts or less I hasten to add. I later found out that there is an acronym for MFJ that is very well deserved. After these fiascos I purchased an Ameritron ATR-30 tuner and will have to say that it has performed admirably. However, after discovering for myself the advantages of 450 ohm ladder line feeders and some of the benefits of "true" balanced line tuners I started looking and thankfully found Palstar. I first called the company and spoke to Paul, the owner, and had an in depth discussion about tuners etc. From the get go this tuner has performed flawlessly. I currently use an 80 meter loop that I feed with 450 ohm ladder line and was never able to tune it very well on 160 meters with my Ameritron tuner. When I did and tried to apply power with my Alpha 76CA amp there was so much reactivity that it basically was impossible no matter how many tuning nulls I tried. Well, not with the AT1500BAL, I was able to tune my loop and apply a full legal limit of power with out any problems what so ever. That is, no problems with the amp or the tuner. Unfortunately, I think that many hams these days are unaware of antenna dynamics regarding feedline lengths. If you find you have a problem tuning with any tuner change feedline lengths, ie., longer or shorter and you will probably fix your situation sucessfully. However, this did not make a difference with my Ameritron tuner. I would purchase anything that Palstar offers because they use quality components, intelligent engineering, and stand behind their products 110%. If you call them you will get an answer and it is actually by a HUMAN. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

N5TML Rating: 5/5 Jun 19, 2003 16:23 Send this review to a friend
very very nice  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
well i have built a homebrew version of this tuner and used it with great sucess. when i saw these were being sold i just had to have one. and i am greatly surprised . this unit is built very nicely and is very capable of matching a wide range of loads. i have never been more pleased with a product i had to buy. i would buy another in a heartbeat if i needed it.
AA6CC Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2003 10:36 Send this review to a friend
Top Of The Line Twin Inductor Balanced Tuner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Brand new from Palstar. Just received mine. If you are looking for the best balanced line dual inductor tuner, this is it. It uses a 1:1 Ferrite INPUT current balun and a true balanced L-network output. Total inductance of 44uH for extended impedance range on 160m (2500+/-J2500). Ball bearing roller inductors and vernier drive on this quality unit. Power rating is 1500 watts pep. The tuner is a joy to use, a high quality well engineered piece of equipment and a must for those using balanced lines. See Palstar website for more technical details.
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