Looking at the available solutions to maximize the utilization of my feedlines, I selected the Ameritron RCS-4 Remote coax switch for placement at my tower base. It is an elegant solution which uses an imposed DC voltage on the feedline to switch to four separate outputs.
Reading the reviews for this product and other MJF “Companies” I was concerned with build quality, as this seems the most common issue encountered. As this is a very simple circuit I took a leap and ordered one figuring what could go wrong.
We have a problem
On unpacking I noticed that one of the screws on the switch unit had backed out and was floating around in the box. The star washer which was behind the other screws was missing, which may be the reason it backed out.
Rather than just put the screw back in its home, I pulled the unit apart to check for other loose parts and potential trouble. Well disappointingly I found a solder blob stuck on the board and in a bad place.
I jokingly referred to this product as a kit as this is the second MFJ product I have purchased that has had a problem with either the included parts or the actual construction. I was looking at the Ameritron line of solid state HF amps I am beginning to have my doubts if this is representative of the build quality.
I notice no increase in SWR and the unit is dirt simple to use. I am only running 100 watts so I don’t anticipate any power related issues.
Until next time 73’s, Jay