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Reviews Categories | QRP Radios (5 watts or less) | MFJ 9200 QRP Mini Multi Band Transceiver Help

Reviews Summary for MFJ 9200 QRP Mini Multi Band Transceiver
MFJ 9200 QRP Mini Multi Band Transceiver Reviews: 22 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $$250.00
MFJ-9200 is a bold new addition to MFJ`s legendary QRP transceiver line, delivering unmatched six-band CW performance in a compact pocket-sized package
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K8RBW Rating: 3/5 Jul 24, 2011 08:35 Send this review to a friend
Clone of HB1-A  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I normally wait to do reviews, but this is a clone of the Chinese HB1-A, something I already own. Ten-Tec has rebranded the HB1-A and is selling it as a dual band radio. In this case, it is somewhat redesigned with both advantges and disadvantages.
-It allows you to work 80,40,30,20,17 and 15.
-It is about 2/3 the size of the HB1-A making it somwhat easier to carry.
-The audio output is EXTREMELY LOW, much lower than the HB1-A or Elecraft KX1. It makes the attenuator totally superfluous. Indeed, I finally used 8 ohm headphones to get somewhat decent volume with the AF at maximum. This is a major problem. It gives real meaning to the old saying that if you can hear them you can work them.
-To gain the wide variety of bands you must change modules. In this respect, it is like the Ten-Tec Scout except that you have to remove the bottom of the case to install them.
-Apparently because of its size, MFJ does not mention a provision for installing batteries. I noted that, like the HB1-A, the board has an interior jack for installing them. It would appear that one could perhaps fit in a 9 volt battery and a couple of AA or AAA cells.
-Bandwidth is a bit wide for my preference as it only allows 600 Hz for CW. The only other option is for SSB. It really would be greatly helped by a SCAF filter, but that negates the advantage of the size. The HB1-A, by way of contrast, allows for 400 up to 900 in increments of 100 in CW mode.
-Unlike the HB1-A, it has no provision for displaying the power output or S meter indication.

CONCLUSION: This would be a really nice radio if it had higher audio output. I have had no trouble working stations as far as 2300 miles in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica with a 20 meter Par EndFedz antenna at about 25 feet, but it was difficult copy with the low audio output. If you desire 15 and 17 meters, the MFJ-9200 will help in this regard; if not, the HB1-A of KX1 are a wiser purchase.

Vy 73 to all,
de Dick, K8RBW

WA6MCL Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2011 09:05 Send this review to a friend
MFJ 92XX mini radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well after years of using the HW-7 Heathkit this rig was a wonderful transition to new technology. MFJ was helpful and shipped it right away. I ordered the 40 and 20 meter modules. It is easy to tune, the built in keyer is great and if you want it will autosense a straight key or paddle with a 3.5MM stereo plug. The RIT is quite broad almost 10 KC each side of frequency that can make it cool for stations listening up for pileups. The display is easy to read, and multi-function. It could use a power out and swr in the display but that might be asking for way too much.

It looks similar I am told to the HRD Chinese radio (it is out-purchased by MFJ from China) but does not have provisions for internal batteries. It is small very light and mine puts out about 7 watts. Output power is not adjustable except with supply voltage. It has a high quality BNC antenna jack so you might need the PL259 adapter. It is a bit cumbersome to open the case with easy to turn thumb screws to change the band modules but only takes a few minutes.

I also built the Ramsey Qamp 20W amplifier and the 9200 drives it nicely with almost 25W out! For the money ready to go radio the price is fair and will get you on air quickly.

After a month of use I would say it is a real winner. In time I am sure other hams will get a chance to use and make their own reviews. MFJ has not put too much info online about the radio yet so data right now is hard to get.
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