|Customer Reviews for the MFJ-860.|
|From: Tony Oresteen W1AJO|
|I picked up the MFJ-860 for use at Field Day a few years back. It gives me visual confirmation that I have a signal going out and it also shows the SWR at the same time. I use an Yaesu FT-817 putting out 5 watts and the meter works well when I sent the range to 30 watts. I have other WATT/SWR meters in the shack but when I go to the field or travel the MFJ-860 is the one I take. Overall it's a nice small meter.|
There is one thing that bugs me. If you plug in to a 12v DC power supply the meter light comes on. There is no way to turn the light off except to disconnect it from the power supply. Kind of like turning off the bedroom lights by going to the main panel and throwing the breaker.
Being a ham, I opened it up to take a peek under the hood. Sure enough there is enough space on the front panel for a mini switch. I picked up a tiny switch at Radio Shack part # 275-0645 for about $4. This switch takes a 3/16" hole (I measured it with a drill gauge to be sure). Using a drill press I drilled the hole to the left of the range switch (there's a PC card there, make sure you miss it!). Using a 15watt soldering iron I wired it in switch the hot 12v line. Now I can turn the meter light on an off when I want to! Perhaps MFJ will add a light switch in the future.
If it got stolen I'd buy another one. Recommended - good stuff!
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