Last night was my first night on the air as a General licensee and at HF. I've got an IC-7300 with the built-in antenna tuner. I'm pretty sure I understand how to operate the radio, for the most part.
My antenna is an MFJ-1625. It's one of those telescoping apartment window whips with a big coil and an alligator clip. It has a tuner mounted on it also. Problem is that I can't reach the dang thing where I'm deploying it out on the deck. I'm fairly certain that the 12 foot whip will be verboten the first time management sees it. Anyway, after I figured out how to read the SWR, it seemed pretty close to 1:1 but that is reading it from the transceiver, of course. I was able to listen to AM radio stations without much trouble. I didn't hear much of anything on other bands though although there were spot sources of RFI. Of course, having found an RF source, I would naturally cycle through the modes to see if I was just in the wrong mode.
Note that my brother is a Ham up in the thumb area of Michigan and I live near the Ohio river. We were unable to reach each other regardless of the tricks that we tried. He is checking his gear as he hasn't hammed it up in quite a while.
Now to the question. I was thinking of replacing the antenna tuner on the whip with an automatic one such that I don't need to reach it, but reviewing the options in the market so far, and looking at what specific antenna tuners's appear to be designed for, makes me think that maybe a whip doesn't need two tuners, one at each end of the transition line. Is this the case?