I have a faulty MFJ-259, the early model I believe. When I power it up, the power light doesn’t illuminate, and the meter needles hit the right hand end stops. I immediately power down as I guess this isn’t an encouraging sign.

Before I take the thing apart in earnest, any ideas anyone what he problem might be? Anyone seen this kind of thing before with an MFJ-259?

Any hints gratefully received.

Cheers Tim.

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    $\begingroup$ One data point: My MFJ259B has a (dirty?) bandswitch with similar symptoms. Pressing down very hard on the bandswitch knob makes it work OK. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ Tim, do you have the MFJ-259 manual? (I could not find one online except here. I have a 259B, and mine has no power light. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ @w5dxp Assuming that the contacts are not gold plated, DeoxIT D-100L is your friend, and maybe Tim's too. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Mike, it's a potted switch on the other side of the PCB. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 19:53
  • $\begingroup$ @w5dxp If it's not hermetically sealed, perhaps we can get enough liquid inside. D5 has less viscosity than D100. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 20:07

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No power light could just be a burned out bulb or dead LED (I have a 259B...don't recall if the power button ever lit up). If you don't have anything connected to the antenna connector, then it's perfectly normal for the SWR meter needle to go all the way to the right because it's indicating a high SWR. Put a 50 ohm dummy load on the analyzer and see what happens


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