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I also taped up the strap busing using 3M silicone splicing tape, rubber C splicing tape, with vinyl and cloth over the high voltage tape, just in case it wants to try hethkit arc to the toroid balun. Anything less is a steal unless major arcing or component failure has occurred.
I suspect after the lighting mod is done, the tuner will appear to look like another rig or amplifier sitting in the shack. The meters are quite accurate. The cross hair “MFJ style” meter is not to my liking and the smaller numbers can sometimes appear confusing heathkiit harder to read.
WHen properly adjusted, then it will handle a KW no problem!
One thing I look for is the overall soldering job the “builder” did, build quality, as they say. This is close to being the ultimate tuner. You heathkig do well, if you undertake projects such as this, to obtain the original manual.
It had to be epoxied back in before the project continued. That’s why I suggest taking pix and keeping notes as you do this job. Lighting could be installed above both meters, and to provide inductor counter lighting.
For me, it is a great pleasure and a big part of the ham radio experience to take an old piece of gear and rebuild it to as good or better condition than when it was some hams greatest new addition to his shack.
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This tuner is exceptionally well designed, and uses surprisingly high quality components. However, the dual meters on the Heathkit are very clear and easy to see.
Just be carefull pulling the fiber shaft and don’t lose your alignment on bands during the mod. The Heathkit meters lacks any internal backlighting.
Heeathkit after using the round Heathkit knob, I find it actually provides for a very smooth precision feel and operation similar to a VFO knob.
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Im going to write a review not to help the reputation of this unit but to hit on something I have not seen anyone talk about yet. This is a tuner you will not regret owning. Heathkit should bring it back I ran it to an old half dead HP student grade 2 channel O Scope, which works as a station monitor scope now.
The Heathkit SA is the clear winner. I also remember we were running way above the legal limit and in AM too, so I decided this was my best choice. I have one now and am keeping it for sure. I love both those tuners, but in my opinion the A is the clear winner. This will place nice clean, unpitted coil on the end when tuned to the higher freqs, and likely on the lower ones the roller will never get to the pitted end.
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It will probably tune a coat hanger to resonance in the meter band. Unless you take this precaution it is too easy to lose small parts and in old gear, there are NO replacements.
If you’ve visited this site before you know that one of my favorite pastimes is rebuilding old ham gear. Never an arc or spark.
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After doing this maintenance, the roller on the Heathkit was very smooth and had a high quality feel. Here is a closer look at the pitted end of the roller on the left, or high frequency end.
First off I have the sb and picked this up to have the set,wow what a tunner. I think you will enjoy the process. And, like all Heath products, the manuals were absolutely the best in the business.
However, there is a repair, it just takes a little work. The tuning caps in the Heathkit are beefy and well made. Take the time to distinguish between the quality of a device versus the condition you happen to find it in.
I use it with my SB routinely, and it’s a real pleasure to use I prefer not to have any electronic sa-2060 boards inside a manual tuner as these are just another series of components to potentially burn out in the event high output power is run, when something isn’t tuned quite right. This model was more difficult to build than the SA The black square push buttons on the Heathkit seem heavy duty.
No battery or external power required! After that, it is merely reinstalling it in the tuner, and doing the same for the sa-2060q capacitor. The snap position tends to twist and allowing the wafer switch in the back to get out of alignment.