This is a common question, and yes, we do strongly urge you to consider using a remote tuner at the base of your Greyline DX antenna. It's true, some guys don't subscribe to this method and we suppose they will fall in line eventually or they are fine. Typically these guys operate with really short feedline runs to the antenna or are literally on the saltwater. The rest of us will see a major improvement in doing it correctly.
See our blog post on How to Correctly Configure the DX Flagpole, here:
Amateur Radio Grade Remote Tuners: $200-750
At Greyline Performance, we recommend the MFJ and LDG line of Remote Tuners. These are all powered over coax with a 12VDC ~100ma power-over-coax which makes both attractive and simple to include in the Greyline DX antenna system. Both are affordable and frankly, the only option if you are considering a reasonable budget for your antenna system. Sure, we get guys who say things like, "I'm dying in 6 months, I don't care how much it costs!" Again, for the rest of us, we'll want to consider these two options.
Choosing your Remote Tuner:
1. Consider the bands you are wanting to operate.
2. Next, you'll want to consider your output power desired.
Each tuner has a power range and an impedance range. Regarding the impedance, the MFJ 993BRT (300W) and MFJ 998RT (1500W) both have a wider impedance range than the rest of the tuners in the field. This could lend themselves to access 160M with more reliability, for example. Note that MFJ does not operate on 6M, where LDG does.
LDG RT 100 (100W) and RT 600 (600W) are both highly regarded by our customers. Rarely do we hear a complaint. The quality is higher than the MFJ models in regards to efficiency and quality of materials, yet both are just fine for most Amateur uses. You have two simple choices, 100W and 600W. Note the digital mode power limits if you are an FT4, FT8 guy.
With both LDG and MFJ, you get what you pay for. These are budget tuners and have failure rates that are acceptible to most. Just watch your power. Some have no trouble year after year and others experience failures.
High-end Tuners $2500-3000
We also offer a high power model that will tune a toothpick on 160M at 1500W all day long. Well, maybe not that extreme, but maybe. These tuners are $2500-3000 vs. the $250-750 listed above. They also come with no headaches where you can install it and forget it. It's not going to meltdown. We have folks who want to install the antenna system one time, seal it from weather and let it live there for years to come. If this makes sense to you, consider the brands we carry or refer to, here.
Whatever Antenna or Tuner you choose, if you need a little help deciding, give us a call or write an email. We really enjoy helping folks make the right decision to get on the air with real DX confidence with a real DX antenna.
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