For decades, the Johnson Matchbox has been the standard of comparison for balanced line tuners. But, it had a severely limited matching range and covered only 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meters.
The MFJ-974 is its successor. It meets today's needs and even surpasses the Johnson Matchbox outstanding performance.
Everything You Need
The MFJ-974 gives you excellent current balance, very wide matching range(12-2000 Ohms) and covers 1.8 through 54 MHz continuously including all WARC bands, 6 Meters and the new 60 Meter band. Handles 300 Watts SSB PEP and 150 Watts CW.
Tuning is fast and easy - - just three tuning controls. You can even adjust for highly efficient broadband low-Q operation or use higher Q when you encounter extreme loads.
A large three-inch lighted Cross-Needle SWR/Wattmeter lets you read SWR, peak or average forward and reflected power all at a glance on 300 or 30 Watt ranges.
A ground post is provided to ground one output terminal so you can also tune random wires and coax fed antennas. Compact 7˝Wx6Hx8D inches fits anywhere.
Tunes any Balanced Line
The MFJ-974 tunes any balanced lines including 600 Ohm open wire line, 450/300 Ohm ladder lines, 300/72 Ohm twin lead - - shielded or unshielded.
Superb current balance minimizes feedline radiation that can cause troublesome TVI and RFI, painful RF bites, mysterious RF feedback problems and radiation pattern distortion.
Excellent Balance, Excellent Design
The MFJ-974 is a fully balanced wide range T-Network using four gear driven 1000-Volt air variable capacitors and high-Q air wound tapped inductor for 80-10 Meters and separate inductors for 6 and 160 Meters. The tuning components are mounted symmetrically to insure electrical balance.
A 1:1 current balun is placed on the low impedance 50 input side to convert the balanced T-Network to unbalanced operation. The balun is made of 50 ferrite beads on RG-303 Teflon™ coax to give exceptional and efficient isolation. It stays cool even at maximum power.
Balanced Line = Extremely Low Loss
Balanced lines give extremely low loss. Doublet, horizontal loop, vertical loop, quad, double extended Zepp, Lazy H, W8JK antennas all give efficient multi-band operation when fed with balanced lines.