Palstar HF Autotuner

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Good afternoon....exploring for a good buy opportunity on a Palstar HF Autotuner to go with my Flex 6300. If anyone has one and is interested, let me know.

73, Santiago
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Santiago Mejia - HI8SMX

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Jim Gilliam

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I would sell my wife before I would part with my Palstar HF Auto.

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Doug

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How much for the wife ? Please post pictures and details
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Duane, AC5AA

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Same here - I have one but will not part with it.  Excellent tuner.
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Santiago Mejia - HI8SMX

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Yes, so I heard. Seems I ́l be able to form a harem before getting the tuner!!! 

Thanks.
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Bob Perkins

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Had mine for a year now, and love it.  
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KF4HR

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I have two HF-Auto's connected to the A and B output of the PG-XL.  Makes a great arrangement with the PG-XL dual pass-thru connections, then feeding the A and B RF connections on my Flex-6700.  I wouldn't consider parting with either one.

Santiago - HF-Auto's pop up for sale every so often on the qth.com, eham.com, etc. 
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Santiago Mejia - HI8SMX

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Are those site trustworthy? I know every site has scammers and all. But how have been your experience?

santiago
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Sergey Abrikosov

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Those sites are good, but just be careful and make sure you are communicate to a real ham.

Over last year I received emails that asking if "my item" still for sale and signed by ham call sign. Then they would ask for my personal information because they want to send me money. 
I would ask them to use my name and address from qrz dot com and here where is communication stopped.
I also contacted the ham with this call sign and he replied that it was not him, it was a scam.
So, just be careful and good luck.
Sergey, KN7K
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KF4HR

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As Sergey mentions above, the virtual ham fest sites are good. I've used these sites many times with great results. Just follow their buying safety precautions and you should be ok.  If during your communications with the seller you feel anything is amiss (with the product or transaction), move on to another seller.  Some of these virtual ham fest sites allow you to look up the history of the sellers to get feedback from their online transactions, so it's always a good idea to check that too.

Also make sure the HF-Auto you purchase either has the latest firmware, or can be upgraded. (If I remember correctly there were some upgrade issues with the very early HF-Auto units.) Palstar currently shows the latest firmware is v2.36.

GL
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Santiago Mejia - HI8SMX

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Thanks. I ́ve forgotten about the firmware aspect. Thanks for the heads up. Will check it before the purchase.
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Something tells me that I'm looking at the right tuner then. Will need to put alerts on those sites.

Thanks

Santiago 
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Delbert McCord

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I have 2, one for home and one for the cabin. I love them if this helps the second one I purchased a few years ago on eBay and I think if I remember right I paid around 750$ The one at the cabin I think is a newer model and it has a RCA plugs for the amp key to go through and if it scenes any high SWR it unkeys the amp. 

I I needed an Tuner I would buy one again.

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Thanks all for the comments. I am happy to confirm that apparently I have found a like new Palstar HF Auto tuner from a local ham in HI8, so the quest was a success. Now, ready to sell the wife first if someone ask me for it.

On the other hand, sad news. I was approached by someone alleging was N2AP (Jose Ferreira) selling me his tuner. He sent a photo of the tuner with a blank paper with his call on it. But, I googled and found the same photo from another ham with the real call sign. Just to see how far he was willing to go, I then asked him for more photos of the tuner (sides and back) as well as the manual and box he said he had and a photo with his actual qsl card next to it with my call, the date and his phone number so I can call sign and discuss the buy. And....never heard from him ever since that las email.

Obviously a scam. He was using N2AP, Jose A. Ferreira, with the email jose.n2ap@gmail.com

Please be aware.

73,
Santiago