Chingrish and “the most cerebral sci-fi film”

0A QRP antenna tuner currently being offered via an Chinese eBay store comes with the following operating instructions:

Connect the antenna, day and transceiver is in order, day the TX receiver transmitter, ANT antenna;

Sets the transmitter to the CW, AM or FM mode, and the rf output power regulation within the range of 1 to 2 w;

Dispatch day mode switch to the most cerebral sci-film file;

Coarse adjustment: first rotating BAND switch on the front panel, to observe the changes of SWR indicator light and shade at the same time, make the SWR the dark when light is relative to other gear;

Fine adjustment: adjust the most cerebral sci-film respectively, the ANT and the most cerebral sci-film, TRX capacitance, when tuning to observe the changes of SWR indicator light and shade at the same time, when the light is the most

When the largest standing wave antenna system, when the light is the most dark and even put out is the minimal standing wave;

Dispatch day, after the completion of tuning mode switch to BYPASS, transceiver can enter the normal working condition.

If you need to switch to other band work, repeat 2-6 items;

Note: if you do not use in day own LED standing wave standing wave bridge detection, please directly transfer mode switch to BYPASS gear as an ordinary day.

It boggles my mind that anyone would buy one of these when that time-proven workhorse, thezm2 Emtech ZM-2, is still out there. It allows the use of either balanced or unbalance transmission line.

Even MFJ offers a better choice (did I actually say that?!) with their MFJ-9201.

Instructions for both of the above are in actual English and both are fully supported by their manufacturers.

Given a choice, why do some people sometimes prefer an inferior product at a higher price?



  4 comments for “Chingrish and “the most cerebral sci-fi film”

  1. March 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

    If you like to get lost in translation, I recommend:

  2. VK6WV
    March 22, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I brought one for two reasons, to see what Chinese kits are like and because for us it is cheaper than many alternatives. Lots of issues with the mechanical aspects of the kit. I could not recommend it.

  3. March 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the input. I have also been tempted to buy several Chinese kits just to satisfy my curiosity but they are just too over-priced for what they offer given the alternatives that are available at the same or lower cost from proven manufacturers who offer support.

    I do own a Baofong HT precisely because its price ($30) compensates for the lack of support and its user-unfriendly interface.

    If Chinese manufacturers of HF kits would move their prices to more accurately reflect what they offer, I’d be first in line to buy one.

  4. Lou Axeman
    March 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    The MFJ-9201 and MFJ-9211 would be great for QRP with balanced feed line antennas. I use MFJ-9211 with MFJ-901B because the 9211 is a current balun.
    Lou, N8LA

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