The u.RAT that I will set up tomorrow will replace the Palstar BT1500A, but only as a test – to see if two Palstar C600 variable capacitors plus one inductor will work on 160M. I expect it will work on 160 and 30M, but not sure about 80M.
Which realizes my original design, and it takes 7 wires in the rotator control cable, which is great:
I have just the wires to and from the capacitors to wire up, then it’s a big finger crossing time early tomorrow morning before it gets too hot. I’ll need to experiment a bit using my fabulous Rig Expert AA-30, which I have gotten my money’s worth 100 times over.
If I need a coil or two, I’m hoping to wind them using refrigerator tubing and making them fixed. Here are some experiments I can try:
If I do pull this off with these two variable capacitors and a coil or two – then I guess I wouldn’t have needed the Palstar BT-1500A, but since all of this was funded by selling my car – its all good. But if it does work – then the BT1500A either goes on the shelf or goes up for sale. Not sure – I really, really love this tuner.
SO – I have (and am still) learning so much – how much is that worth?