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Reviews Categories | Antenna Tuners | MFJ-962D Help

Reviews Summary for MFJ-962D
MFJ-962D Reviews: 96 Average rating: 3.1/5 MSRP: $269.95
Description: 1.8 - 30 MHz 1.5 kilowatt AirCore roller inductor antenna tuner
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W8MLD Rating: 4/5 Apr 1, 2013 06:54 Send this review to a friend
Good tuner for the money  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this tuner two years now and use it with my Ameritron AL811H. The only time I had it arc on me was when my tune box at the base of my Inverted L got out of whack. The variable capacitor had moved somehow, and the feed point impedance had dropped to 5 Ohms. Found this out by checking the antenna system with an MFJ 269 analyzer. The tuner did have a very stiff turning roller inductor at first, but it smoothed out with use. Like any product I buy I checked inside the case before using it, and it didn't have any loose screws or cold solder joints, and no pieces floating around free. I don't find MFJ's QC to be any worse than anyone else. Some of the problems I hear here may be due to lack of care during shipping. This isn't a ham related story but a shipping story. I ordered live marine fish from CA this winter. The box said live fish and fragile right on it. When it arrived the UPS guy just tossed it 15 feet onto my porch. Luckily the fish were ok. But at the time it was less than 30 degrees out. If I had not heard him arrive the cold could have killed the fish, because he didn't ring my bell. So don't be quick to blame MFJ for everything when sometimes shippers can be less than careful with fragile equipment.
KN4GE Rating: 3/5 Feb 23, 2013 20:00 Send this review to a friend
not 1.5kw  Time owned: more than 12 months
actually MFJ 962B Easy to use, great tuning range. Every time I have ever run more than about 400W something has arced. Replaced bandswitch (arcs to a,b,c spots when set to l and on 160 with full length dipole), meter, meter lights. Spread coil leads to stop arcing to case. It will not load 1.5 kw into a 50 ohm load without the caps arcing. It is a very nice 100 watt tuner.
WX4O Rating: 4/5 Nov 17, 2012 15:53 Send this review to a friend
Very Good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Purchased used in good condition. First removed the top and examined insides: excellent. I know some MFJ products have a bad rep., but the 993B that this replaces was always perfect. Had a 'Differential-T' tuner in '88 that worked great.
Very good luck with this 962D so far. Will know more if I try it with power.
N9SOB Rating: 1/5 Jul 14, 2012 10:59 Send this review to a friend
Mighty Fine Junk  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I purchsed the MFJ 962d with intent to add an amplifier at a later date. This tuner sat NEW in a box for almost a year before I purchased a new AL-811. Excited to upgrade from the 100W group, I hooked up my new FT-950, AL-811, and NEW MFJ 962d. Everything seemed wonderful for a couple of days and then I started smelling a burnt odor. The smell was comming from the tuner. I removed the cover from the tuner and detected nothing unusual. Within 2 days, this creature began arcing for no aparent reason. Upon taking the cover off again, I saw burn marks everywhere. A 100W tuner this may be, but if you put a little AL-811 to it you might as well get a bag of marshmellows out to roast. I have ordered a new Palstar and will never purchase MFJ products again!
N6WBL Rating: 5/5 Dec 6, 2011 09:18 Send this review to a friend
Great tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I picked up my MFJ-962D used when I got a hold of a Ameritron AL-811, and it has worked perfectly ever since. I use it with a G5RV fed by a short length of Belden 9913 and makes it a decent all band antenna at my duplex with a small lot. My worst SWR is 11.7:1 on 17m, and with a little coaxing the MFJ tunes it up just fine. Never had a flash over. Replaced the bulb with an LED when it burned out, and haven't had to touch it again. Since I only paid $150 for it used, I'll give it a 5. MFJ gets dissed by a lot of hams, but all my MFJ gear just works while not costing a fortune like some alternatives.
DJ4ND Rating: 5/5 Dec 2, 2011 11:19 Send this review to a friend
very good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my first MFJ-962D a few years ago, it is my second one.

My first one MFJ-962D worked with power 800 watts SSB from AL-811H and 1000 watts from AL-80B. My both tuners work great on 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters! I have had no problems.

I always made very small fine tuning adjustments under low power and this tuner always did its job well.
No it's not perfect, but for me it is very very good. Great!!!

73 de Nick, DJ4ND
KU2US Rating: 4/5 Nov 6, 2011 08:21 Send this review to a friend
Some bad-Some Good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had this tuner for 3 years.I ran +/-300 watts into it, no problems, UNTIL I got an AL-811! It arced,and had problems tuning over 400 watts. Bought a Palstar AK2KD! WOW! Yes, the Palstar costs almost double the cost of the MFJ, but now I can tune anything including the metal braces inside my son's mouth to 160 meters! Never had problems with MFJ tuners until I put some serious power to them. I keep the 962D as a back up, but use my Palstar Sherman Tank as my primary tuner with the AL-811.
KF4EUD Rating: 4/5 Nov 5, 2011 17:57 Send this review to a friend
well--it works  Time owned: more than 12 months
i've had mine a few years, it works fairly well,if you are looking for a inexpensive tuner to run with a dipole and a 100 watt radio. this will do the job. if you are wanting to run a amp. you will need to move up the food chain a little farther.but all in all its worth the money
AE6ZW Rating: 5/5 Oct 27, 2011 21:13 Send this review to a friend
mine works good.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just got my MFJ-962D I used with 100 wts only, I use it to tune 66 ft wire antenna. it tune everything from 160 mtr to 10 mtr band, compare to MFJ-949 which I used to use 20 years ago, this 962D does not arc at 160 mtr band. it is not as smooth as much more expensive tuner, but for the price I paid $250 as new one from RandL it is good products. I took pictures out side and inside posted here
W6GEE Rating: 0/5 Oct 3, 2011 13:10 Send this review to a friend
Good for scrap metal and some parts  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Twice in for repairs, twice failed with a faulty capacitor and inductor on two separate occasions. Admittedly, I originally bought this used and received it DOA, so maybe there were some evil spirits involved that were beyond MJF's QC capabilities.

I don't want to invalidate those hams who've had good experiences with this tuner. I only want to emphasize that this is my personal experience. As with anything else in life, "you pays your money and takes your chances."
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