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Reviews Summary for Palstar AT5K
Palstar AT5K Reviews: 38 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $1195
Description: The AT5K takes power handling to the next level coming in with a rating of 3500 watts single tone continuous performance with low losses & wide Z range. Bands 160m to 15m with limited Z range on 10m. The AT5K provides balanced OUTPUT with high power 5kW TEFLON cable balun at the INPUT of the tuner circuit for excellent balanced feed antenna operation.
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WD8OSS Rating: 5/5 Mar 10, 2011 05:51 Send this review to a friend
Quality Tuner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The tuner works great. After reading the previous review when the tuner arrived I opened it up to take a look. Everything in this tuner is robust. I think each function on the tuner works as it should. While I had it apart I installed a bale. I really appreciate the previous review complaining about no bale. It took 10 minutes to install it and isn't that part of the amateur fun of having things the way we want them. I really like the function of being able to bypass the tuner and have my dummy load connected and I only have one switch to be concerned with.

The roller inductor does't need a light in my opinion. I don't watch the numbers while tuning once I have starting tuning up my antenna. I watch the meter turning each dial until the swr is acceptable.

This tuner has given me the ability to run my Alpha legal limit all day long on any antenna I choose. Try this with the other tuner manufacture as see what happens.

I am extremely pleased to have purchased something MADE IN AMERICA from Palstar.

I only have one regret. I had to sell my AT-Auto tuner. I just couldn't afford to have both. I never found fault with the At-auto in the 4 years that I owned it.

If anyone is interested drop me an e-mail and I will give you the details on how to install the bale and where to get one. I really like this tuner and it's worth every dime spent on it.

David Wd8oss

N3ETA Rating: 2/5 Feb 14, 2011 11:59 Send this review to a friend
The mighty have slipped  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I gave PALSTAR 2 Chances (This isn’t baseball) First I tried their AT-AUTO tuner. This was a miserable failure. It kept trying to re-tune in the middle of a QSO for no reason. It exhibited this odd behavior on several different and completely isolated antennas. When pushed for a fix, Palstar first wanted me to contact Icom since they didn’t have access to an Icom 756 ProIII. Their final answer was to have me settle for a 1:2 or higher SWR (Not acceptable in my book! Especially on a $1200.00 tuner)
Their second chance came last week when I ordered an AT-5K. (Again $1200.00) After all, manual tuners are old technology. How could a leading manufacturer of Amateur gear mess this up? Well….let me tell you! They did. I’ll start with the defects. The switch for Balanced or Coax was wired in reverse. The LED relating to this switch didn’t work. The Numeric readout on the inductor didn’t line up and only used 3 out of the 5 places provided (Tens, Ones and 1/10). Palstar also didn’t see fit to install lighting on the inductor readout making it all but impossible to read without a flashlight. I guess they couldn’t fit a 5 cent LED or lamp into the $1200.00 budget! The Antenna selection switch felt like it came from China and the lowest bidder at that. Also missing was an item found on even the cheapest tuners! A way to raise the front up for ease of viewing. All-in-all a very poor showing for one of the last companies to display “MADE IN THE USA” on their product. My how the mighty have fallen. Needless to say Palstar won’t get a third shot at my business. They have already cost me way too much! My shipping expenses from AES and the returns to AES (AES doesn’t cover the cost of returning defective items) on the 2 tuners cost me in excess of $130.00.
I usually love buying new radio equipment. This time….Not so much!
N9LBW Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2010 05:14 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Built Tuner  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have used a lot of tuners on 160 Meter Band and this one does the best job so far. As some have said it won't tune real high SWR in the upper 10 Meter, but it wasn't designed to do so. The instructions tells this as it was designed more for 40,75 and 160 Meters. It is built like a tank.
OZ1LCG Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2009 23:26 Send this review to a friend
Bigger than expected  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My first review on eham. I have been licens since 1985 and had alot of different equipment over the time, but I never got into QRO before May 2009. There I got my fist Amplifiere a ETO 91b.I needed a better tuner, because my antenner is only a vertical and is not always the same in SWR on each band. I had already a tuner from MFJ 969 for only 300W and I rebuild it with bigger Capacitors but It newer handle the power and my bad SWR very good. At the end I had to spent some money, so I was looking for the best. I decieded to ordre the Palstar AT5K Tuner because of my bad antenna and the high power to handle. When I got it, I was very impressed of the size of the Capacitors and the big roller, tale a look at the Photo here
After 2 hours of QSO there was not a problem working fine on all bands. Very easy to tune and find the best swr again. But after 4 hr. I had a minor problem, there was a small 18pf Cap, in the Direction Coupler board that made a SC into the printboard, a fault mounting I would say. I replaced it in 5min with a new one I had in stock, I was Up running again. The next day I sent Paul a email explain what had happend, he sent me a parcel the next day with 2 new 18pf Capacitors and thank me for fixing the problem my self, I will say service is also a 5. It´s works now really well. The other evening I took it into the local Hamradio Club, People there was also very impressed of the size and the fine and easy tuning. Look at my log i have many QSO every day on many bands No Problem. I think it´s the best hamradio equipment i ever bought compared to money I spent.
73 I hope to meet you on the band.
WS4B Rating: 5/5 May 13, 2009 17:12 Send this review to a friend
One word...."Rocks!!"  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This tuner is awesome, and I rate it at a 4.9/5. The 0.1 deduction is because it will not tune on the very upper edge of 10 meters. So if you need SWR adjustment on the FM part of the band, your out of luck. I run simplex FM on 29.600 when 10 meters is open and the tuner will not work at the upper edge of the band.

Otherwise, this tuner rocks and is built like a tank! If you buy one, you certainly will not regret it.

WA1GZY Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2009 15:09 Send this review to a friend
Impressive Performance!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well built, Quality Feel and Works Brilliantly covering 160, 80, 60 and 40 meters! All HF Bands tune to unity match with a few twists of the dials. No real "learning curve" to become a master band hopper.

My old Nye Viking MBVA would not tune 160 using the same Alpha Delta "shorty" balanced feed antenna. After 40 years, the Viking has earned its' retirement to my closet shelf!

It's expensive but in this instance, you get what you pay for!
K5YY Rating: 5/5 Feb 17, 2009 18:53 Send this review to a friend
AT4K early units equal  Time owned: more than 12 months
Just wanted to comment that the early LED bar graft AT4Ks were as robust as the AT5K.. Then it seemed that to lower the price to appeal to many more hams, the AT4K suffered a bit of quality in the components, not much though. Then the AT5K came out with HD components to satisfy the QRO boys. So, an early AT4K should give you the same satisfaction as the later AT5K, BUT they are few and far between. Palstar makes the best tuner on the market in my opinion and the service is great and emails answered promptly.
KA1CDE Rating: 5/5 Feb 17, 2009 15:22 Send this review to a friend
excellent tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this tuner for a couple of years. The roller inductor takes a little time to get use to. I have been able to tune the swr down to 1:1 on all frequecies.
The manual explains how to get the most out of the tuner and how to properly tune your antenna.
After 2 or more years the meter light bulb burnt out, I requested a new one from Palstar and received it with any charges at all.

I have found Paul to be polite and informative.

I would recommend a Palstar anytime.
W6THW Rating: 5/5 Feb 9, 2009 07:42 Send this review to a friend
Great product  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my AT5K antenna tuner for 2 years
and a Command Technologies HF-2500 amplifier for about 4 years and have had no problems with them. The tuner will handle anything i can put to it. I have never had a problem with Paul.
KX2V Rating: 5/5 Feb 6, 2009 16:30 Send this review to a friend
100% Reliable!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this tuner for several years.
I can tune anything with the AT5K.

100% reliable On ALL bands!!!
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