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Reviews Categories | Antenna Tuners | Palstar AT2K Help

Reviews Summary for Palstar AT2K
Palstar AT2K Reviews: 107 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $595.95
Description: A newly-designed, smaller roller inductor allows the AT2K to tune 6 Meters, while a relay-switched toroid adds the extra inductance needed for 160 Meter coverage. Newly designed capacitors feature lower minimum capacitance for improved high band performance, while maximum capacitance has been increased to 400pF for better low band performance. In addition, the Peak/Peak Hold metering from the PM2000 has been incorporated into the AT2K.
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K8AC Rating: 5/5 Feb 4, 2015 12:24 Send this review to a friend
A 160-6M tuner that works!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just took delivery of a brand new AT2K, and these are advertised to work on 160 through 6M, owing to a new roller inductor design. I found it to provide a perfect match to my ladder-line fed dipole on all bands, even 6 meters. The vernier dials on the capacitors and the counter on the inductor that reads out to tenths of a turn allows you to easily set the caps and inductor to the correct values that were previously recorded. The wattmeter calibration was a bit off on both ranges, but that was easily corrected as the Palstar manual shows which pots to adjust. Note that the AT2K doesn't include a balun, but I've used it with both a DX Engineering 1:1 balun and a Palstar 4:1 balun with similar results. At the time of this posting, if you order the tuner from Palstar directly, a free balun is included with the tuner.
KP4MLF Rating: 4/5 Jan 10, 2015 13:14 Send this review to a friend
This is a Tonka!!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is one of the best pieces of equipment i ever owned, the best way to describe it is as a Tonka!!! Very well constructed and rigid, not like those Cracker Jack ones. It is kind of pricey but the quality is untouchable. I being using this guy with a crappy G5RV antenna literally dropped in the top of my roof hidden in the shingles thanks to HOA restrictions and i made contacts from Colorado to Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico pretty easy no matter if is snowing outside and the G5RV is covered of snow. The only reason I don't give them a 5 is because in my opinion for the price and the lot of space inside the case they can add a Dummy load very easy.
G0SMH Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2014 13:37 Send this review to a friend
Great Tuner  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is a great 2KW tuner works well
W8NWN Rating: 5/5 Oct 17, 2014 01:32 Send this review to a friend
Great Tuner  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Couldn't be any better.
KM4CQG Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2014 08:01 Send this review to a friend
Tune Everthing  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Quality construction with quality components.

Tuned my non resonant 10 to 80 meter antenna on every band. If you take your time your SWR can be 1 to 1 even on your homes gutters.

AT2k was tested from 10 watts to 1500 watts and never failed or caused any issues.

Highly recommend if you want a manual tuner.

KC3BER Rating: 5/5 Aug 2, 2014 06:12 Send this review to a friend
Works great  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought mine at a local hamfest about 5 months ago for $175. It was in the original box and looks brand new. It works great, tunes anything and I have had no problems with it so far. My only complaint is the light on the meter. It would look much nicer if they used a white LED bulb. That's just my opinion though. The tuner it replaced was a MFJ-993 intellituner and I can tell you that the AT2K tunes my antennas on frequencies where the MFJ-993 couldn't. I like it and highly recommend it.
ZL1CDP Rating: 5/5 Jul 21, 2014 02:38 Send this review to a friend
YEP! nice tuner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Thi is a great 2KW tuner. Easy to tune / use and works very well, well built and looks great!
AA4AJ Rating: 5/5 Apr 25, 2014 17:56 Send this review to a friend
Absolutely Great  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I got the AT2K as the first step toward a KW upgrade of my station. The construction is clean and very neat - absolutely first class. The tuner works like a dream and is first class from end to end. I had a minor problem and called Palstar to ask about it. They wanted it back to fix the issue so I sent it to them on a Monday. It got there on Wednesday before lunch, they fixed the issue, and sent it back to me. I got it on Friday just after lunch. That is 5 days there and back with a fix in the middle. I've been a ham for a very long time and I have never seen customer service this good. Thanks Palstar. The issue was fixed and I am very impressed. I wish they made other things. It doesn't get any better than they are.
KC1AKV Rating: 5/5 Mar 28, 2014 06:02 Send this review to a friend
Rave  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I agree with all the raves about the build, the functionality, the customer service and can only add that it is fun as well. I love seeing the SWR drop before my eyes and knowing that my antenna is tuned as best as possible. No more idiot lights for me!
If you have never used a manual tuner you might want to look at a video or two on you tube.
This video was very helpful in explaining how a roller inductor tuner works and has some great tips about getting the most out of one.
Palstar's reputation is well deserved.
KF7JBG Rating: 5/5 Sep 16, 2013 16:59 Send this review to a friend
Quality, Service and Performance - The Palstar AT2K Trifecta  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
There are no shortage of tuner models to choose from today. After owning several auto and manual tuners, both unbalanced and balanced and all under 600W capacity, it was time to upgrade.

My requirements, budget and research pointed me to Palstar. Paul pragmatically answered my remaining questions and Eva was quick to follow-up on email. Getting a real person on the phone is a simple pleasure.

After two months of operation, I only wish I would have invested in an AT2K earlier. But as Hams, we hopefully learn from mis-steps. The AT2K quality and performance is leaps ahead of other brands - albeit it costs a little more.

I run a Kenwood TS-590s and Ameritron Amplifier with the Palstar feeding a DX Engineering Current Balun and a 92' doublet antenna. The AT2K enables me to tune from 10-80m quickly. Most importantly, the settings are very repeatable. Nominal adjustments, due to wet weather, are handled easily and accurately with the 6:1 veneer style tuning knobs and roller inductor. The tuning range is also more than I expected. For example, I can set the tuner at 7.230 and maintain a flat SWR from 7.200 to 7.260.

I especially like the rear coax connector specifically provided for balanced feedlines that are tied to external baluns. It enables the Palstar to maximize the entire matching network - a feature typically bypassed in lower quality tuners. Whereas most automatic tuners have a range of 20 - 1000 Ohm, the AT2K will extend your range to 1500 Ohm. (In the past, I was limited to a few narrow bands on 80M below a SWR of 2:1.) The size and capacity of the Palstar variable capacitors and inductor also cleaned up some stray RF that was an artifact of saturating my lower wattage tuners. (My over-sight.)

Finally, the Palstar quality is visible inside and out. The aluminum chassis is thicker, mounting holes align, solder joints are bright and the stencils are crisp. This tuner will be the mainstay of my shack for years to come.

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