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Ham Radio Equipment and Product Reviews
Antenna Tuner Reviews (Internal/External)


Brand and Model number*: LDG YT-100 Tuner
Your first name*: David
Call Sign*: M3WPZ
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna*: LDG YT 100 ATU for Yaesu
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor)*: 4.5
Enter time owned or used, years/months*: 9 months
Purchased new or used*: New
Comments about the equipment in your own words*: OK, you might have already read my review of the IT-100 tuner (seen below), I use in my shack for my 706mk11G. I now wanted to fit a Yaesu FT 100 that I got from a friend into my every day car.I didn`t have an ATU so after the good experience with my Icom version I decided to go with the LDG YT-100. To be perfectly honest the performance is just slightly less than the previous one but of course the tuner is under great pressure to allow me as wide a band of Freq`s with my many Hustler whips. I suppose I should adjust the whips to match the section of the bands I want to work but jumping in and out of the car everytime I stray a few K`s would be a pain and to be fair the tuner nearly always manages a match provided I down want to work the extreme edges of the bands.So! no problems with the working of the tuner and in general it does what it says on the tin.I made up my own remote switch so as i can keep the radio further away from the relays in the dashboard.
Cons: The connector to the rear of the tuner itself is like a din socket, it`s fiddly and fragile and not of the quality you would expect from such good equipment ( I bent some pins the first time I attempted to plug the patch lead in) also, at the start of the instructions it tells you to plug into the radio and nothing worked and only after reading quite a number of pages further in the manual did I discover I needed to plug into the pigtail rather than the radio, a point I have brought up with LDG. So other than those two niggles it would have scored a 5/5. If you would like to see the HF antenna setup on the car then go to qrz.com and put in my call sign M3WPZ (it might give you some ideas on mounting an HF antenna on a car.)
Your email address*: davechilvers@btinternet.com
Date of your review: 12/09/2012


Brand and Model number*: LDG IT 100 antenna tuner
Your first name*: David
Call Sign*: M3WPZ
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna*: LDG IT-100 auto antenna tuner for Icoms.
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor)*: 5
Enter time owned or used, years/months*: 1 year
Purchased new or used*: New
Comments about the equipment in your own words*: Being fairly new to amateur radio sees me trying out different configurations of antennas which inevitably means getting it wrong a fair bit of the time. I had been using an AT 180 tuner for my 706mk11G in the shack and it did quite a decent job. I then wanted to fit the tuner in my van to run HF with my 706mk11 which left me without a tuner in the shack. The AT 180 is quite an expensive solution so I looked around for an alternative and took the plunge with the LDG tuner. Well! what a pleasant surprise, it tunes my wire antennas as if they were all cut and designed for the bands I use. So, after putting up my Antron 99 (mainly for 10Mtrs) I started to flick through the bands on the Antron coupled with my 706mk11G+LDG tuner and to my surprise was getting copies with other hams down as far as 20Mtrs and all the higher bands up to 10Mtrs. I`m not saying that the SWR was perfect into the Antron but was low enough to make reasonable contacts and get good reports.So! for a lot less than the dedicated ATU from the radio manufacturers I`m on the air with the 706mk11G and have since purchased a LDG for my Yaesu FT 100 for my car so see my review regarding that combo.
Your email address*: davechilvers@btinternet.com
Date of your review: 12/09/2012



Brand and Model number: N2VZ Turbo Tuner TM Fully automatic screwdriver antenna controller

Your first name: John

Call Sign: K6HFD

Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna:

N2VZ Enterprises Turbo Tuner TM Fully automatic screwdriver antenna controller

Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor): 5

Enter time owned or used, years/months: 1 month

Purchased new or used: New Purchase

Comments about the equipment in your own words:

This product does what it says! Once you get the dip switches in the right position for your application, and you have the screwdriver antenna setup right to begin with, it works like a charm!
This one gets a 5+ for being EXCELLENT!Your email address:no post

Date of your review:08/09/2012


Mfg and model # = LDG Z-100 Autotuner
Name = John, Anchorage, AK
Call = KL7JR
Category type = HF Autotuner
Rating = 5 Excellent
Time owned = 5 years
Purchased new or used? = New
Comments =

 I've used several different brands of autotuners over the years, but only use LDG now. The LDG Z-100 is inexpensive, easy to use right out of the box, tough and small in size which fits in nicely for my portable or mobile operations. I can honestly say the Z-100 has saved me from burning up my finals a couple of times when I forgot to hook up the antenna! I experiment with all types of homebrew wire and pipe antenna designs (loops, verticals etc.)and my Z-100 easily tunes them all. The folks at LDG are friendly and provide fast service. The Z-100 has now been replaced by the improved Z-100 Plus (different shape and more memory). I like the Z-100 so much that I own three of them- one for each HF station I have. I highly recommend LDG for their wide variety of tuners which I'm sure you will find one that works for you. Most of my antenna designs on Hamuniverse.com used the Z-100. 73, de Yukon John, KL7JR.
KL7JR@Yahoo.com


Mfg and model # = Icom AT 180
Name = Harold , Bridgeport, WV
Call = N8FXH
Category type = Auto tuner
Rating = 2 Fair - There are better products out there!
Time owned = 18 months
Purchased new or used? = New
Comments =

This capacitance of this tuner is so limited that any standing wave over 3 to 1 can't be tuned. In other words it only tunes resonant antennas. This is an expensive mobile tuner. It is good looking and quiet. It should be it doesn't have to do much. For the price you would expect better from Icom. I replaced it with the LDG IT-100 which outperforms it beyond belief. Don't buy this tuner unless you are going to use it simply to trim up with a resonant antenna.
email =
n8fxh@verizon.net


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