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Reviews Summary for Heathkit SA-2060A
Heathkit SA-2060A Reviews: 44 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $(1991 Kit) 279.95
Description: HeathKit SA-2060A Antenna tuner
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KM3F Rating: 3/5 Oct 14, 2009 16:25 Send this review to a friend
Aessement of used SA2060.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Picked one up at a hamfest after looking at the assembly manuel. It's much the same as an ATR 20.
I has several issues that were all able to be corrected.
The Roller inductor needed to be cleaned.
The Cin and Cout caps needed to have there friction increased by adjusting the rear sets.
The roller to turns indicator coupling needed the set screws replaced with hardened 3/32 set screws.
The roller drive shaft was loose.
After all these items are checked and corrected, the tuner works well with my AL80B amplifier.
The cover only has 8 screws and is not as RF tight as it should be besides the clearence issues already discribed by others.
Don't over pay for this tuner on the basis of it being said it's so good. An ATR 20 or 30 would still be a better unit in quality and with it's peak reading meters.
K2HAT Rating: 5/5 Feb 16, 2009 11:50 Send this review to a friend
Good working older tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this tuner for about 18 months,
Works Great! I can even tune an Imax 2000 verticle for 40 meters, and a "30" meter dipole
for 20 meters.

The only thing I have noticed, was when I first unpakced the Tuner, I heard something rattling inside.I opened the cover and found a small ball bearing, I had no clue where it came from, and put the cover back on.

Today I was moving my "Ham Shack" equipment around and heard a rattle inside again,
took the cover of, and another ball bearing.
The switch used to choose an antenna has a spot which the ball bearing fits into; with 2 tension springs to keep some tension on the knob/shaft assembly.

I had considered adding a couple LED lights behind the meters to make them easier to see, but, I dont want to modify the case.

73 K2HAT
W6RTW Rating: 5/5 Oct 8, 2008 21:28 Send this review to a friend
This Tuner Is Amazing  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been using this tuner for several years. When my TS-940 internal tuner couldn't do the job, the SA-2060A could. When I added a Drake L7 Amp, it never complained, even on 160. I switched to an ICOM Pro II and still no problem. Now I have assembled an SO2R station made up of a Pro III with the L7 and a ProII with an AL80B. Since I only had one tuner, I needed a second. Of course, another SA-2060A. Can't beat perfection. It's a steal at almost any price!
WB0SND Rating: 4/5 Dec 23, 2007 21:32 Send this review to a friend
Nice Tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
Leave it to me, Mr. Everywhere I put my foot I step on a landmine to actually blow up my SA2060A. It worked fine until I tried my L4B with it. Then, there was a lightshow inside. I was using a dipole with 300 ohm feedline (DX Engineering). The problem was that there are some large straps connecting the capacitors. The straps were literally resting on the balun. The higher power caused the balun to arc to the straps leaving a lovely hole in the balun wire with a nice burn mark across the balun. I don't know if it was designed this way or the guy who built it put it together wrong. I can't imagine Heath designed it to be this way. So, I'm going to have to repair it and figure out how to keep it from happening again. Still a VERY nice tuner, though.
KD6MXE Rating: 5/5 Oct 25, 2007 15:35 Send this review to a friend
Old Reliable  Time owned: more than 12 months
I built my Heath SA-2060 when it first came out in the late 1970's early 80's and it has never failed. I have loaded long wires, short wires, dipoles, yagi's on every frequency imaginable from 1.8 to 30 MHZ in ham, CAP, SHARES service. I have done NVIS experiments and loaded some rather strange antenna designs. Good meters. The set screws do come loose but annual maintenance does wonders. I have three rigs and two auto tuners but for high power this can not be beat. KD6MXE
WI6J Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2007 21:24 Send this review to a friend
Great Tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I piched up my SB 2060 A from a friend of mine at a club swap meet for $15.00. It's very clean and works great. I have an Ameritron AL-811A amp and use the tuner on my R-7, as well as my Van Gorden all bander shorty. The alternative is to pay several hundred dollars for something that probably is not built as well.
KK0I Rating: 5/5 Jun 10, 2007 06:16 Send this review to a friend
Another Satisfied Ham  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Being a "renewed" amateur, I picked one of these tuners up on Ebay about 8 months ago. I use it with my Alpha Delta DX-DD and love it. Its been on the air pretty much all the time with the exception of a short time after picking up an LDG AT-11 MP. The LDG is an okay tuner, but won't work for me on 160. I went back to the 2060a and will be there from now on.
W7KKK Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2007 06:15 Send this review to a friend
A Keeper  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I picked up my HeathKit not to long ago. It needed some TLC after all the years but was easy to fix up.
I have owned a number of tuners including a Dentron MT-3000A.
I think the 2060 is as good as the Dentron and maybe then some.
The only weakness I found with the unit is that the coupling on the shaft of the inductor tends to wear with age and the set screw can slip on the shaft and you have no idea where on the shaft you are for reference.
Of course as with any Heathkit a lot depends on the soldering technique used by the original builder but that can be fixed too.
I solved this problem by drill through the shaft and coupling and putting a cotter pin into place. Now it's solid as a rock.
W4CAS Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2006 07:52 Send this review to a friend
Hard To Beat!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this tuner ever since the local Heathkit store closed it's doors back in the late 80's. I was lucky enough to find it already assembled, as it had been part of their demo station, and it was the last piece of ham gear they had left! It's built like a tank and seems to do a fantastic job of matching about everything I've tried it with, from random wires to dipoles (both coax and open-wire fed) to beams - and it will easily handle full legal power. These tuners are getting pretty scarce, since everyone who has one wants to hold onto it - so if you run across one that's in good shape, definitely consider buying it! I sure miss Heathkit!
DAN_TAYLOR_EX_N9GT Rating: 5/5 Mar 5, 2006 13:42 Send this review to a friend
Great Tuner!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Since recently buying a SB-200 Amp, I knew right away that my 300 watt tuner wasn't going to do the job any longer. A few years back, I helped a ham buddy of mine assemble his 2060 and I remembered the quality of the components, so I ended up getting one on eBay that was like new. I am using it with a shorty dipole and it works fine. Prior to that, I used it with a random wire and it was able to tune it with zero problems as well. If you can find one in good shape and don't want to pop for a new Palstar, then I would definitely recomend this tuner to anyone. Looks as of this posting they are going for around $300 on eBay, but I have seen them for less on some of the buy/sell boards.
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