LDG AT-897 now installed

LDG AT-897Earlier in month (as some readers may remember) I sold my MFJ ATU and Alinco Scanner. Although I am kind of sorry to see them go, it was to obtain the ATU you can see in the attached photo.

I decided after reading reviews on the LDG AT-897 in preference to the Yaesu FC-30.

Well it arrived in 5 days from New Jersey USA, and upset the guy in ParcelForce office as I didn’t bring their letter with 17 digit number. This was even though I had tracked from US online, got the new UK number and had phoned the ParcelForce office to confirm Import fees and opening hours.

Installation was fairly simple and only problem was being called for dinner half way through. Had to balance radio on my bed against the pillows as couldn’t put down when ATU case was open. When finally completed fired up radio and tried on a few bands.

Why was it that 3.5MHz & 7MHz took a while to tune, but could hear something, and 14MHz tuned quickest but couldn’t hear any stations??? Answer was solved few days later. Times I was listening on 14MHz band were dead.

So whilst I don’t have the joy of the MFJ Dual Forward/Reverse Needles, it tunes a lot quicker than I can.