|My experience as described to Phil, N8VB:|
I ordered an MFJ-7000 after reading your review on eham. I guess I just had never had the terrible experiences of others and that my luck with MFJ would continue. Wrong! My experience makes yours look like a walk in the park. What a mess! When I first took it out of the box, I saw that it was severely scratched on one side, but I thought it would eventually get scratched and shrugged my shoulders. I should have stopped there. In any case, I removed their version of "thumb screws" that held on the front cover only to hear things rattling inside the tuner. It turned out that the nuts that were attached to the unit to hold the side thumb screws had fallen off when I removed the screws and were rolling around inside the tuner. Then I had to dismantle the entire bloody thing to remove the tuner and retrieve the nuts. With the tuner removed, I then noted, as you did, that the internal power switch that activated the tuner had not been turned on, thereby rendering the tuner inoperative. Not to be deterred, I went to the store and bought some "professional" Loctite glue to see if I can reattach the nuts to the case. I just returned and looked at the soldering job and told myself that I must be insane for trying to rehabilitate (wrong word, because it never worked in the first place) the thing, rather than contact MFJ and demand that they pay to have it shipped back and send me a properly working unit. I now sit looking at the unit dismantled and feeling total disgust that it has the label "Made in the USA." What a disgrace. At the present time, I feel like boxing up the parts and sending them back to MFJ. All I can say is misery loves company. This is how I am spending my vacation as a retiree in Florida. As a retired college professor, I hope the person assembling the unit was not a student at their local university.
de Dick, K8RBW