Automatic Remote Controlled Antenna Tuner for Balanced and Unbalanced HF Antennas Model AT-502. Premium Quality, 200 Watt Rated, Automatic Antenna Tuner by Hamware.
- Lightning Protection Built-in
- Over-voltage Protection Built-in
- Automated Tuner Control based on transmitted Frequency
- Remote Matching of balanced and unbalanced Antennas
- True balanced Pi Tuner to match Dipoles, Loops, Inverted Vee's, Verticals, etc.
- Unbalanced Pi Tuner to match any un-balanced Antenna
- Antenna switch ASU-502 option available to allow 2 different Antenna options
- 200 Watts SSB/CW when tuned
- Two sets of 85 Memory Locations
- Alternative manual control for the Remote Tuner
Antenna Tuner System AT-502 Description This tuner is designed to match remotely, both balanced and unbalanced HF antennas. This unit features an automatic selection of tuner settings based upon transmitted frequency. Unique to this tuner, no special cabling or adapters are required. The operator simply transmits into the antenna and the tuner detects the transmitted frequency and selects the correct settings from memory. The Ham bands are divided into 85 operator programmable memory locations. There are two banks of 85 memory locations that are user selectable. To best utilize this capability, a new antenna switch (ASU-502) has been designed as an accessory to the AT- 502 tuner. This switch is activated at the AT- 502 by the ANT1/ANT2 switch located on the front panel of the controller. This enables the operator to have complete tuner control for two different antennas. It will handle 200 watts of SSB or CW power, and it can be used in either automatic or manual mode.
The matching circuit consists of a remotely tuned balanced π circuit (no balun at tuner output!). An internal jumper selects the balance or un-balanced configuration. This jumper can be remotely controlled by the ASU-502 Antenna Switch. This unit features lightning protection and is built in a weatherproof UV resistant plastic cabinet.
The Control Cabinet contains the tuning controls, memory bank and antenna selection, Automatic or Manual switching and a display that indicates the memory bank in use, the frequency range as well as the span, and the tuner settings.
Refer to the Tuner System Block Diagram in this document for system interconnect information.
- Automated tuner control based on transmitted frequency. No special cabling. – Remote Matching of balanced or unbalanced antennas within the Amateur bands 1.8 to 30MHz.
- True balanced Pi Tuner to match dipoles, loops, inverted Vee’s etc. (no lossy balun between tuner and antenna)
- Un-balanced Pi Tuner to match any un-balanced antenna – Antenna Switch ASU-502 is an option to allow 2 different antennas either balanced or unbalanced or mixed to be selected remotely
- LC Display at the Controller for indication of remote matching values of the π-filter, the memory location and the number of the antenna in use as well as other occasional service information.
- Automatic choice of the tuner settings controlled by the transmitting frequency – Alternative manual control of the remote tuner
- Built-in lightning protection – Built-in overvoltage protection.
- DC power feed from station’s power supply 13.8 V, 1.5 Amps.
Tuner System Block Diagram
The RF Unit is housed in a weatherproof and UV resistant plastic cabinet. There are two ceramic feed-through insulators where a balanced antenna or a balanced feeder line can be attached.
The LC network is a Balanced Pi. At the front end of the network, there is a balun transformer that matches the un-balanced coax cable to the balanced tuner elements. This is the only place where the impedance of the system is purely resistive (when matched) and is the ideal place for the Balun. The regular station SWR meter is used as an indicator to match the antenna.
The capacitors at the input are switched in 256 steps of 17 pF per step. The capacitors at the output are switched in 256 steps of 1.8 pF per step. The inductors are switched in 64 steps increasing exponentially. Switching is done by power relays. With the circuit components used it is possible to match very short antennas up to an unlimited antenna length within the RF range from 1.8 to 30 MHz.
When matching an unbalanced antenna, one insulator is used for the hot side or center conductor of the antenna; the second insulator is used for shield or ground.
The accessory antenna switch (ASU-502) can be plugged into the Tuner unit when two antennas are used. This will configure the tuner for balanced or un-balanced operation and select the appropriate antenna. The selection is done from the Controller unit ANT1/ANT2 switch.
Antenna matches can be stored for 2 different antennas into 2 separate memory banks. Each bank has 85 memory locations. Each memory location is a fraction of an amateur band. Refer to the technical section for the fractional segments for each band. As shown in the picture below, the upper line of the LCD shows the actual memory location chosen (lower edge frequency 7120 kHz) with its span (30 kHz). The control settings for this frequency are shown in the lower line of the LCD. In the Automatic Mode the memory location and its stored settings is selected by the transmitted input frequency. The input frequency is obtained from an RF probe. The memory location contents can be erased by a push button on the back of the controller.
The Ant 1/ Ant 2 switch selects the appropriate memory bank that stores the tuning information for the antenna selected. It also provides control of the ASU-502 Antenna Switch.
The controller contains 3 rotary encoders that control the tuner elements TRX, L, and ANT. TRX controls the Input Capacitance, L controls the Inductance and ANT the output capacitance values. The lower line on the display shows these values.
A manual selector switch is provided for memory selection in the Manual mode.
Antenna Selection Unit ASU-502 (optional)
Possible Tuner Applications
Application with Antenna Selection Unit ASU-502 for 2 Antennas