Radios just keep getting better and better. Back in the day, a
6146 backed by a VFO was a big deal. Now, radios are basically
computers with an RF stage or two. The new Icom radios are the latest
amazing rig to combine all-band, all-mode DSP operation in a box
smaller than some microphones come in, and with a color screen to boot!
They got so much right on these fantastic rigs, you just have to wonder
how they could have gone so wrong with the antenna tuner.
AT-180 tuner matches an SWR of only 3:1 at most (2.5:1 on 6 meters)!
This limits you to antennas that are pretty much resonant to start
with; droopy dipoles and wet-noodle verticals on Field Day are out of
the question with the AT-180. And, the AT-180 has only 70 memories.
That's just 7 or 8 memories per band; heck, there's more RV and county
hunter nets than that, never mind DX calling frequencies and SSTV
Once again, LDG comes to the rescue. The IT-100 is the ideal
tuner for your shiny new Icom radio. First, it matches up to 10:1 SWR (3:1
on 6 meters), so just about anything you can feed with coax is good to
go. And, it has 2,000 (not a typo; that's 2,000!) memories, enough for
every Dxpedition, RTTY spot and radio buddy you've got, and then some.
Just hit the tune button on the radio, and your IT-100 will set tuner
parameters in less than a second if you've been there before. If not,
it kicks off a full tuning cycle that will be over in about 3 seconds.
Don't need the tuner just now? Then just tap the Tune button briefly,
and the tuner goes into bypass. Press it again to bring the tuner back
on line -- it's just that simple.
The IT-100 is just 6.5"
long, 6.5" deep and 1.5" tall. It weighs only 1.5 pounds, and gets its
DC power directly from the radio; no separate power supply needed. The IT-100 works with any Icom radio that supports AH-3 or AH-4 Icom
antennas. The list includes: IC-706, 703, 718, 7000, 7100, 7200, 7410, 746, 756, 7600 (and all variants).
The IT-100 comes fully
assembled, aligned and ready to use. The package includes a 14" Icom radio
interface cable; you're ready to operate right
out of the box.
Oh, and one other thing: the LDG IT-100 costs
about half as much as the AT-180. So, let's review: much wider matching
range, thousands more memories and LDG's famous 2 year warranty, all at
half the price. The IT-100 is clearly the tuner of choice for your
Icom radio; order yours today.