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This is the antenna tuner mounted on the wall in the utility room.
My antenna system consists of an end-fed 130 foot (39 meter) wire, 20 to 25 feet (6 to 7 1/2 meters) off the ground. Since the radio I'm using with this antenna, the Yaesu FT-817ND, has general coverage receive as well as ham transceive, I need a wide-range tuner, especially if I want to use it to receive AM broadcast. The radio location is on an end table in the living room, so the tuner must be remotely located and I can't use large coax. The radio only generates 5 watts, so an automatic tuner  that is reasonably efficient is out of the question. Anyway, an autotuner won't work for Radio Moscow. There's a wall to go through, so an IR remote won't work, and an RF remote for an RF system seems problematic. So we're down to a wired remote. The living room means I can't use a garden hose sized wire. So 8 conductors is about the limit. As much as possible, I wanted to use materials I already have, so this is more a "how I did it" than a "how to make one just like mine.     Next Page
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