Manager - NA4M
Manager Notes

Reviews For: MFJ-904H Deluxe Travel Tuner

Category: Antenna Tuners/Matching Networks

eMail Subscription

Registered users are allowed to subscribe to specific review topics and receive eMail notifications when new reviews are posted.
Review Summary For : MFJ-904H Deluxe Travel Tuner
Reviews: 8MSRP: 140.00
The MFJ-904H 150 Watt 80-10 Meter Antenna Tuner includes a Cross-Needle SWR/Wattmeter and 4:1 balun for balanced lines and random wire. Cross-Needle meter shows SWR, forward, and reflected power all at a glance. Push button selects forward/reflected power in 300/60 and 30/6 Watt ranges. Measures a compact 7¼ x 2¼ x 2¾ inches.
Product is in production
More Info:
# last 180 days Avg. Rating last 180 days Total reviews Avg. overall rating
N8AUC Rating: 2019-04-23
Mine works well! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Bought a 904 (no balun) from a hamfest table as new old stock from a radio store that went out of business.
Wanted something small and light with a built in meter to take out "to the field". This fit the bill.
The fact I got it for roughly half of its original retail price seemed like icing on the cake.

When I got it home, the first thing I did was open it up and make sure it was completely assembled.
After all, it's an MFJ, and they have a reputation for letting the customer be the final QA inspector.
What I found was that the unit was properly assembled, no bad solder joints, and everything looked correct.

So I tried it. It works great! It tunes everything I've connected to it.
And the SWR meter reads correctly, when compared to the meter built into the radio.
I'm very pleased with the unit. Although I bought it for field operations, I use it on the desk at home too.

SWLCHRIS Rating: 2018-07-17
Works......half the time Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Out of the box I thought I had an issue with my radio output only showing 30 watts. it turns out I took the meter apart after realizing the power needle wasn't able to go further than 30 watts after tapping on the meter. A small chassis screw had been screwed into the meter housing causing the meter back to push against the needle. Backing it out solved the problem. After that it was a job to try to tune a 145 foot OCFD half the time. It just doesn't match everything it says it will. Retired this one and got a Dentron Super Tuner at a great price and won't be looking back
N4QWK Rating: 2016-02-07
It it's just not that good Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I've had the MFJ-901B for about 30 years. Its always been a good tuner, but I wanted a tuner with a meter. I purchased the 904H. I've tried this tuner on a couple of fan dipoles, without much success. I doesn't tune nearly as well as my 901. I can take the 901 and tune it to a 1:1, but when I take the 904, the lowest I can get it on many frequencies is 2:1.
GX5YC Rating: 2010-10-08
Why marketing should not attempt engineering... Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
This could deserve an overall 2 out of 5:-

- It will tune an aerial/antenna.

- It will *Not* allow even vaguely accurate forward or reflected power or SWR readings to be taken (I don't think other users have checked this against calibrated equipment.) Like a broken clock, it can give the correct reading by co-incidence.

The engineers produced a reasonable design. But then the MFJ marketing suit(s) came along: "It must look different from the failed MFJ-971. Paint it black, and replace all those screws with black ones as well, because it looks better." Well, it doesn't work better - two of the screws are critical to provide grounding to the internal circuit board, but the black ones were *not* providing conduction. It works better when it matches the circuit diagram, but even then it can not be used for any measurements due to components and build quality and calibration.

A good circuit design, but as many say, MFJ stands for Made From Junk.

This is a marketing attempt to get away from the failed MFJ-971 - the circuit and components are virtually identical (see the reviews on this site and the circuit diagrams).
KC1JB Rating: 2008-08-18
Good value for the money Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I use this at the operating desk full-time. I've had no trouble matching my Yaesu FT-450 to my 20m dipole -- via an "ugly" balun and 450-ohm window line -- in my attic. (I use the Yaesu barefoot.) I've been able to get at least 1.5:1 matches on 80m and 1:1 on 40m through 10m. One hint: The manual recommends that after a band change or with a new antenna, you begin a fresh tuning attempt by starting with each control at a specific setting (5-0-L from left to right.) I used a red Sharpie to highlight the recommended start settings. I find the markings useful, even after an initial run up and down the bands to jot down settings.
W2RDD Rating: 2007-06-01
Works fine at low-power level Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I like it so much I bought two. One for travel and one for home. It has made my low-power rigs happy using a Buddistick antenna.

This tuner is rated for 150 watts. I always divide by two all MFJ tuner power ratings. Thus my Argonaut V and SG-2020 at 20 watts have no problem with this tuner.

It is light-weight and the controls are small. The light weight is fine when travelling but can be annoying on the operating desk. Suggest buying a roll of that material sold at your favorite discount store for lining shelves. cut a piece and place it under the tuner. The tuner will slide around less.

KD5MJJ Rating: 2007-04-06
MFJ 904 no balun A+ -- Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
The plain 904 is without the built in balun but otherwise is the same as the 904H.

I have had the 902 ( no meter version)for a couple of years and have found it to be well built and reliable.

Needing a HF tuner with a meter, this was a natural choice for me.

It is well built and performs quite well. The knobs are small so it is easy to overshoot the sweet spot. Take your time tuning and it becomes so easy. Recommended !!
KB3CS Rating: 2007-03-10
compact and versatile for barefoot operation Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
MFJ-904H tuner and the MFJ-907 RF Transformer will provide the capabilities you need on Field Day or for ARES/RACES field deployment.