|Finally, I am shed of this thing...
||Time Owned: more than 12 months.
|It gets two stars for doing what it's intended to do: Providing power to my two radios (HTX-242 and Yaesu 450D), and I'm not sure it really merits two stars. |
Someone recommended MFJ power supplies to me about 18 months ago when I was just getting started into ham radio. (BTW, now I have my EXTRA!)
I'd read several reviews that said, "loud fan," but I though, meh, how loud can it be? Besides, I have some high-frequency hearing loss.
The first time I turned it on, I knew I'd made a mistake buying this thing. It was very, very loud. On par, I'd say it's louder than the exhaust fan in my 1962 NuTone range hood. And I'm not kidding.
As my visiting friends said, "Sounds like a jet plane taking off."
That may be a teensy bit over the top, but the point is, it's way too loud for in-home use.
After putting up with this thing for about 18 months, I finally bit the bullet and purchased an SEC 1223 (Samlex) and when I first turned it on, i said, "It's not working. I don't hear anything."
My ham radio buddy laughed out loud.
"You're just used to the wind turbine sound in that MFJ-4128," he said.
Turns out, he was right.
The new power supply is *silent* and had I known that such things could be had for under $100, I would have ditched the MFJ-4128 many months ago.
If you're deaf, it's probably a great power supply. But if you can still hear loud, obnoxious noises, I'd say stay away from this item.