- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Reviews Categories | Antenna Tuners/Matching Networks | ICOM AT-500 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM AT-500
ICOM  AT-500 Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $Check at:
Description: medium power automatic ATU
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the ICOM AT-500.

Page 1 of 2 —>

K6XN Rating: 5/5 Jun 14, 2017 20:31 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding  Time owned: more than 12 months
We now have three (3) IC AT-500 antenna tuners that we use for contest operations in combination with three IC-2KL linear amplifiers during contest operations and they have all performed flawlessly.
VK4ALL Rating: 5/5 Nov 25, 2014 15:34 Send this review to a friend
Very good tuner  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have just married my AT-500 ATU to my Icom IC-725 transceiver and they both work perfectly together.
It was necessary to carry out some testing and then make up a new cable to get them to talk to each other, as ICOM do not supply a cable to connect these two items together.
I only have one gripe with this tuner, it does not have an antenna input socket that will accept a "multi-band" (1.8 to 28mhz) antenna, such as my T2FD 65ft folded dipole.
K6XN Rating: 5/5 Sep 12, 2014 20:49 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding!  Time owned: more than 12 months
We have three (3) AT-500 antenna tuners that we use at our club stations N7PR, NN7NN and NC6DX, in combination with IC-2KL linear amplifiers and IC-751A transceivers for multi-multi contesting and chasing DX. They have performed flawlessly for us. My only recommendation is to actually read the manual and follow the instructions and you will be very pleased for many years! We love our AT-500 antenna tuners! GL and 73, Ted, K6XN
KE6TDT Rating: 5/5 May 29, 2014 17:38 Send this review to a friend
Very impressive even with a vertical  Time owned: more than 12 months
Very impressive tuner. I was lucky enough to find this IC-AT500 tuner along with the matching ICOM solid state IC-2KL amplifier, all driven by an ICOM non-pro 746. What a great combination this turned out to be.

It auto switches from band to band quickly and easily or can switch manually if not using ICOM equipment.

I currently use an HF6Vx vertical antenna and this tunes in all the HF bands automatically. It's really a joy to use when just cruising the different bands. I plan on designing a multi-band inverted V eventually and I am quite confident it will tune that across the spectrum as well.

What is unique is the appearance of this tuner could pass for one of today's newer type amplifiers.

If I could have given this a higher rating, I would have.
VK2HMC Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2012 15:53 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Great all rounder medium power HF automatic Tuner. Kind of rare, especially in Australia but well worth the effort to get hold of.

There are 4 (optionally 5) antenna connections.
If you have just one antenna for all bands you can use "T" connectors to link the 4 outputs if you do not want to open up the tuner and change the link as per icom instructions.

I have personally found the AT-500 handles everything my sometimes HAM fist throws at it without blowing up. I also have to mention that it is fully automatic with most ICOM rigs but manual is available. Manual is easy to tune for each band by using 2x LED and 2x POTS. once preset, one just turns the knob on the front for what ever band you need.

All in all a great tuner, and a positive experience.
KC4EO Rating: 5/5 Jan 14, 2008 09:51 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the AT-500 to go with my IC-2KL amplifier from Burghardt Radio. The tuner is being used with the amplifier and an ICOM 746PRO radio. I think the combination of the IC-2KL and AT-500 with an ICOM radio is great, auto band switching, no tuning, everything works together. Visit W2ENY website for obsolete cables that will enable you to fully utilize the tuner and or amplifier.
N6BIZ Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2007 23:06 Send this review to a friend
perfect  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
have the at 500 and the ic2kl great combo
UA1OSM Rating: 4/5 May 7, 2007 07:04 Send this review to a friend
Wonderful for it' s time  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got AT-500 from USA in 1993. DOA thing.
Bands did not change, optocoupler went to the ghost. I replaced it. Using with IC-751 (fully) and later with IC-765 (just as antennae switch) I cud state:

Tuner works quite well for it' s class of preset type tuner. Preset works stable only till 21-24 MHz. Tuner MAY miss to complete tuning of a known antenna above 24 MHz. Not always, but it happens.
So I concluded the device cannot be as rock relable as IC-765 it' s own inner tuner. The device AT-500 is rather slow. 765 tuner is lightning-fast. You can start speak into mike using a new antenna.
765 tuner tunes on SSB peaks in 3-5 seconds. It is great. AT-500 cannot do it - just to it' s nature.
N8RT Rating: 3/5 Dec 23, 2005 10:00 Send this review to a friend
Beware of burnt band switch  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This tuner was very good when new, however as it aged with use, problems have developed ,because of poor antennas and too much power burning out the contacts of the bandswitch, rendering certain bands to become untunable or erratic!
The bad news is that Icom no longer sells the Bandswitch! Buyer beware! Make sure you test the tuner on all bands before a purchase!
LU5DDX Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2003 11:52 Send this review to a friend
exelente  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
realmente no conocia este tuner pero al comprarlo me lleve realmente una grata sorpresa.
rapido-exacto-facil de usar -lindo aspecto-exelente construccion -sintoniza sin problema una antena g5rv en cualquier banda modificando el conector de salida para accionar solo una antena
de la llave selectora ,realmente si ve uno comprelo y si no aviseme hi hi ..jorge roig
Page 1 of 2 —>

If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.