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Reviews Categories | Antenna Tuners | Yaesu FC-30 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FC-30
Yaesu FC-30 Reviews: 42 Average rating: 3.2/5 MSRP: $200.00
Description: Matching Tuner for FT897 - mounts on the side of the FT897
Product is in production.
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DL6SRD Rating: 5/5 May 10, 2010 03:52 Send this review to a friend
Great addon - works perfect  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is a great (and fast) FT-897 addon tuner. It works perfect! My HF allband antenna is a Sloper and gives a VSWR of 4 at 40 meters, other bands all below or up to 3. So increased FT-897D hidden menu # 70 (VSWR3 10W) to 50. Originally it was at 33. Works flawlessly. Highly recommend this tuner. Additionally you are able to switch internally as described in the manual to have it in line for receive & transmit. Construction is solid also.
M3VXJ Rating: 5/5 Sep 8, 2009 06:59 Send this review to a friend
Does what it says on the box  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This bolts on the side of the FT-897D and will only tune an Antenna with SWR of 3:1 or less. It looks the part and is good and solid.

I sold my first FC-30 and replaced it with an LDG AT-897 but this burnt out a coil on 100 watts output and also felt quite cheap and nasty.

I have now bought another FC-30 and am very pleased with it.
NC2F Rating: 5/5 Aug 22, 2009 07:13 Send this review to a friend
It does what it was built to do.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had both the FC-30 and the LDG-897 tuners to compare and in the end I stuck with the Yaesu FC-30 despite it's tuning range being less than the LDG specifications. Suffice to say, I put more effort into getting my antenna's SWR down and relied less on any tuner solution. The FC-30 worked every time, the LDG didn't (and I didn't want to spend the time to work with with LDG to figure out what was wrong with their tuner (a problem reported by others too), so I returned it and was happy to pay the 15% restocking fee to be rid of the LDG tuner.

In the end, the FC-30 works every time as advertised within the specification it was designed to perform.

Oh yeah, on last thing. THe FC-30 looks like it is part of the 897, the LDG, well, just looked horribly out of place.
LU5DDX Rating: 5/5 Aug 7, 2009 17:41 Send this review to a friend
mas de lo esperado  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
yo muchas veces dudo de comprar algun elemento de radio por algunos review y este es el caso mas grande para mi..
si usted lee el puntaje de este at piensa que es dinero tirado .. bueno yo pensaba lo mismo pero lo campre igual y que sorpresa !!!
el at anda de maravilla ajusta igual que cualquier at de los que vienen incluido en los equipos .. ni mas ni menos .. este at les recuerdo que no es para una long-wire no !! es para dipolos , yaguis , antenas balanceadas y cuya resonancia este al menos cerca de la frecuencia de trabajo .. par ser mas graficos mi V invertida de 20mts es sintonizada en 10 -15-6 sin problemas no lo hace en 80mts .. ahora puedo trabajar en en 80 mts con esa antena ??? no !!! ni en 15 mts tampoco pero la ajusta !!!
es rapido y ajusta una yagui con 3.5.a 1 sin problema .. son puntos de vista aca mismo le dan 5/5 a un ten-tec omniVI plus y les aseguro que un ts-440 es una nave espacial comparado ..
para gusto pintan colores !!!! saludos jorge
EI3GRB Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2009 13:45 Send this review to a friend
does what it says on the box.  Time owned: more than 12 months
after testing this little baby for the last months,

tucked away under the dash of my 4X4 (out of sight out of mind)

the tuner does what yaesu claims .... no more no less

i use mono band whips on my mobile & the FC 30 allows me to jump from 1 end of the band to the other with no fuss.

people who bought this for tuning wire aerials etc.,obviously did not bother to check the specs. before hand, & bought blindly.

would have no hesitation buying another 1 if needed.
M0ARM Rating: 4/5 Sep 8, 2008 05:45 Send this review to a friend
Does what it says on the tin!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
For me this tuner works fine (HF/6M dipoles, halos, verticals etc.) and as per specification and caveats from the manual - a bit pricey, a bit noisy but I'm more than happy with it to-date!

Les, M0ARM
W6GQ Rating: 0/5 Aug 2, 2008 09:06 Send this review to a friend
NON TUNER  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well I bought mine thinking these reviews were not accurate because I did see some good ratings.


Go ahead and believe these guys that give more than one review on the same item to pump up the feedback rating, you too will be selling your FC-30 on Ebay.

Sure it will tune a slight mismatch on a CP-6, try taking that CP-6 back packing with you!

I sold mine because I go backpack with my 897D and I need a PORTABLE antenna, like a wire. This tuner WILL NOT tune a wire.

PE1RLN Rating: 5/5 Apr 2, 2008 06:03 Send this review to a friend
Works great with decent antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
This tuner was made for antennas with a VSWR of 1:3 maximum. If your antenna is worse, you should consider another antenna...
I use a Diamond CP-6 which has to be pre-tuned by hand by changing the length of the radials. When properly set-up, this tuner does the rest.

The CAT-port on the back is occupied by this tuner, correct. But there is a second on the front! People, read the f. manual! The microphoneconnector is also configurable as a CAT-port so you can still use your tuner when hooking it up to HamradioDeluxe or any other program. So no problem to me.

In my tuner, the fan is running constantly but I consider the simple modification of a temperature-sensor to activate the fan only on higher temperatures. That solves most of the problems. I agree, Yaesu could have done it for us.

The LDG alternative has some mayor complaints: it is dead-ugly and it doesn't tune automatically but it has to be activated by the operator. Now that sounds like a real issue to me.

I have used this tuner for over a year and I am very pleased with it.
LU1DAW Rating: 5/5 Mar 10, 2008 07:52 Send this review to a friend
Perfect to use with CP-6  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
What use with a Diamond CP-6 and I worked quite well, the fan is turned on only tx.
I use it on the base together with the internal power suply and is excellent!
I recomended for use with a multi-band antenna and you want to expand the bandwidth.
Best 73īs
LA9AKA Rating: 2/5 Oct 27, 2007 16:30 Send this review to a friend
Buy something else...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought one for my FT-897, but I was not satisfied at all. Limited tuning range and noisy fan. The CAT port is also occupied by the tuner, so rig ctrl is impossible. Think the LDG AT-897 is a much better choice.
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