MFJ | 1708B | manual | MFJ 1708B - RF SENSING, TR SWITCH Manual

RF Sense Transmit/Receive Switch
Model MFJ-1708B
CAUTION: Read All Instructions Before Operating Equipment
300 Industrial Park Road
Starkville, MS 39759 USA
Tel: 662-323-5869 Fax: 662-323-6551
2018 M F J E NT E RP RI S E S , I NC.
The MFJ-1708B is a RF sensed TR switch designed to be used with a separate
transmitter and receiver. In the early days it was very common to have separate
transmitters and receivers. With newer transceivers the need for a TR switch reduced
but many people still have older “boatancher” transmitters they would like to put on the
air from time to time. The MFJ-1708B is designed just for that purpose. The MFJ1708B has a Stripline PCB reducing the SWR up through 450MHz and improved
isolation for better receiver protection.
RF Sensing for radios that do not have a keying output when transmitting.
Good isolation between transmit and receive ports.
Good SWR characteristics up to 450MHz.
Receiver protection circuit to limit any transmit RF spikes.
Control Line input for radios that have a key line output.
A Mute output that can be set to ground to mute or open to mute.
Power off bypass setting the transmitter to the antenna
Adjustable receive delay 50ms to 4 seconds
Connections and Controls
REC Connection for the receiver.
ANT Connection to the antenna.
XMTR Connection to the transmitter.
MUTE Connection to the receiver mute terminal.
CTRL Connection to the transmitter PTT or KEY line.
+12V Power Connector
DELAY Receive delay adjustment.
RF Sense TR Switch
Model MFJ-1708B
RF Sense TR Switch
Model MFJ-1708B
1. Connect the receiver to the REC connector. This can be an older receiver or a
more modern transceiver. Do not transmit into the REC connector.
2. Connect the transmitter to the XMTR connector.
3. Connect the mute line of the receiver to the MUTE connector. Most older
receivers are set up for the mute to be grounded in receive. Newer radios have
the mute terminal ground to mute. There is a jumper in the MFJ-1708B to switch
between the modes.
4. Connect a 12V DC power source to the power terminal. The MFJ-1312D is ideal
for the MFJ-1708D.
5. The CTRL terminal may be used in place of or in addition to the RF sensing
circuit if the transmitter has an output that will go to ground when it is put into
transmit mode. Newer transceivers or transmitters many times will have an
output to key a linear amplifier which can be used to energize the MFJ-1708B.
Older “boatancher” transmitters may or may not have that capability.
6. The DELAY control is used to adjust the time it takes to go back to receive. Full
CCW is minimum delay which is around 40-50ms. Full CW is maximum which is
around 2-4 seconds.
Note Do Not use the MFJ-1708B with transmitters over 200W or place it on the output
of linear amplifiers over 200W. If the MFJ-1708B is used in conjunction with a linear
amplifier place it in between the amplifier and the exciter. The MUTE connection can be
used to key the amplifier and the output from the exciter can be connected to the CTRL
connector. In this mode there will not be a mute connection for the receiver.
At VHF and UHF frequencies the transmit SWR can be improved by removing the
jumper JP2 if the RF Sense function is not required. In this case the CTRL connector is
required to be connected to a key line out of the transmitter.
Board Jumpers
JP2 Left for RF Sense, Remove for no RF Sense.
Technical Assistance
If you have any problem with this unit first check the appropriate section of this manual.
If the manual does not reference your problem or your problem is not solved by reading
the manual you may call MFJ Technical Service at 662-323-0549 or the MFJ Factory at
662-323-5869. You will be best helped if you have your unit, manual and all information
on your station handy so you can answer any questions the technicians may ask.
You can also send questions by mail to MFJ Enterprises, Inc., 300 Industrial Park Road,
Starkville, MS 39759; by Facsimile to 662-323-6551; or by email to Send a complete description of your problem, an
explanation of exactly how you are using your unit, and a complete description of your
MFJ Enterprises, Inc. warrants to the original owner of this product, if manufactured by MFJ
Enterprises, Inc. and purchased from an authorized dealer or directly from MFJ Enterprises, Inc.
to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of 12 months from date of
purchase provided the following terms of this warranty are satisfied.
The purchaser must retain the dated proof-of-purchase (bill of sale, canceled check, credit
card or money order receipt, etc.) describing the product to establish the validity of the warranty
claim and submit the original or machine reproduction of such proof of purchase to MFJ
Enterprises, Inc. at the time of warranty service. MFJ Enterprises, Inc. shall have the discretion to
deny warranty without dated proof-of-purchase. Any evidence of alteration, erasure, of forgery
shall be cause to void any and all warranty terms immediately.
MFJ Enterprises, Inc. agrees to repair or replace at MFJ's option without charge to the
original owner any defective product provided the product is returned postage prepaid to MFJ
Enterprises, Inc. with a personal check, cashiers check, or money order. This is good on all
products except antennas and software to cover postage and handling for return from in warranty
service. We also take MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards. Postage
and handling may vary according to the weight of the product in question. You should specify
what type of delivery service you wish. We can send by UPS, U.S. Postal service or Fedex. MFJ
doesn’t guarantee delivery by US Postal Service.
MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will supply replacement parts free of charge for any MFJ product
under warranty upon request, provided the following terms are satisfied. MFJ must receive the
original parts you wish to replace, your proof-of-purchase, and a personal check, cashiers check or
money order must be provided to cover postage and handling. Postage and handling may vary
according to the weight of the product in question. We also take MasterCard, Visa, American
Express and Discover credit cards.
This warranty is NOT void for owners who attempt to repair defective units. Technical
consultation is available by calling (662) 323-5869.
This warranty does not apply to kits sold by or manufactured by MFJ Enterprises, Inc.
Wired and tested PC board products are covered by this warranty provided only the
wired and tested PC board product is returned. Wired and tested PC boards installed in the
owner's cabinet or connected to switches, jacks, or cables, etc. sent to MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will be
returned at the owner's expense un-repaired.
Under no circumstances is MFJ Enterprises, Inc. liable for consequential damages to
person or property by the use of any MFJ products.
Out-of-Warranty Service: MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will repair any out-of-warranty product
provided the unit is shipped prepaid. All repaired units will be shipped COD to the owner. Repair
charges will be added to the COD fee unless other arrangements are made.
This warranty is given in lieu of any other warranty expressed or implied.
MFJ Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to make changes or improvements in design or
manufacture without incurring any obligation to install such changes upon any of the products
previously manufactured.
All MFJ products to be serviced in-warranty or out-of-warranty should be addressed to
MFJ Enterprises, Inc., 300 Industrial Park Rd, Starkville, Mississippi 39759, USA and must
be accompanied by a letter describing the problem in detail along with a copy of your dated proofof-purchase and a telephone number.
This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary
from state to state.
MFJ Enterprises, Inc
300 Industrial Park Rd.
Starkville, MS 39759
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