The MFJ-993B IntelliTuner

I recently received a query asking about the Palstar AT2K tuner. I answered and then thought the answer might be helpful to others also:

The Palstar tuner looks like a high-end, high-power manual antenna tuner. Probably a good product, though a bit pricey. If you are planning to get a linear amplifier so you can go full legal limit, this would be a good accessory.

But before you get the amplifier, you should invest in a really good antenna, such as a 5 or 6-element beam on a tower, because if you can’t hear ’em, you can’t work ’em!

After 35 years of hamming I still use 100 watt radios, and find that my MFJ-993B, for about half the price of the Palstar, is automatic and very fast, and will tune up to 300 watts. You can see the page for it at They also offer a higher power unit, I think 600 watts, for more money.

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2 Responses to The MFJ-993B IntelliTuner

  1. Dave says:

    Bob, I don’t use the tune button on the tuner. Rather I use the tune button on the TenTec. On the Jupiter, pressing tune puts out about 20 watts, and causes the tuner to seek the best match. I don’t have to touch the tuner at all. Does your Omni 6 have a similar tune button? 73, Dave

  2. Bob NZ2Z says:

    I read your comments on the TenTec and Intellituner. How did you connect the tuner to the back of the rig? I am using the tuner with my Omni 6 but would like to set it up so that the tuner keys up the radio tune at a lower power level than it does now connected only to the antenna line.


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