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  UHF G.E. Custom MVP Tuning Instructions
By Bob Dengler NO6B
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Retuning the radio
Here is the basic tuneup procedure as paraphrased from the G.E. manual along with my own comments based on experience in tuning up dozens of these radios. Make sure you key the transmitter, tune the indicated coil or capacitor quickly, then unkey (don't leave the transmitter keyed for the entire procedure).

Metering Connector
Adjustment Tune For
1 T101 peak
1 T102 dip
1 T103 peak
3 T104 peak
3 T105 dip
4 T106 peak
4 T107 dip
7 T108 peak
7 C155 dip
6 C157 peak
6 C167 dip
2 C171, C175 peak
1 T101 peak
3 T102, T103, T104 peak
4 T105, T106 peak
7 T107, T108 peak
6 C155, C157 peak
2 C167, C171, C175 peak

Exciter board tuning locations

At this point the manual says to basically repeat the steps above shaded in green. I find this unnecessary, but if you really want every stage peaked to the last millivolt, go ahead.

Metering Connector
Adjustment Tune For
3 C406 peak
  C411, C416 same pos. at C046
  C306, C307, C308 full CCW
4 C411, C416, C411 peak (twice on C411)
4 C406, C411, C416 peak
4 C306 any change
7 C307, C306 peak twice
7 C308 dip
7 C306 peak
1 C301 thru C305 peak or best quieting
1 A303-C2 peak or best quieting
(P903-1) L603 peak
(P903-1) R603 1 V RMS

Steps shaded in green are performed with a 50 ohm signal generator connected to the radio's antenna input. If you aren't sure about the output impedance of your signal source, just use a 6 dB or greater 50 ohm pad on the output. Due to the tremendous selectivity of the helical resonators, you will probably need a lot of signal at first (millivolts). If you have trouble detecting a signal to tune up on, first make sure your crystal isn't way off frequency by moving the sig. gen. +/- 30 kHz or so off of your center frequency. Then try presetting C301-5 to within about 2 turns of bottom, as this is near the resonance point for the 440-450 MHz range.  If that doesn't work you can try injecting signal through the little holes in the helical assembly provided for just this purpose (the manual recommends using them but I find them unnecessary). Steps shaded in blue are done with a full-quieting 1 kHz modulated signal at 3 kHz deviation. If you don't have access to an FM sig. gen. you can adjust L603 by transmitting a DTMF tone with another radio. When you're finished tuning you should get 0.35 microvolts or better for 12 dB SINAD, or 0.5 microvolts for 20 dB quieting. These instructions assume your radio does not have the UHS bipolar preamp. If it does have it I recommend you bypass it & get yourself a good stable GaAsFET or MOSFET amplifier from Angle Linear unless you're REALLY trying to pinch pennies. The UHS preamp does work, but it's noise figure is going to be around 4.5 dB plus I've noticed problems with RF coupling to the outside of the coax leading into the preamp. This can lead to internal desense problems. Also bipolar preamps are known for having a lower 1 dB compression point than the FET amps, meaning you'll be more susceptable to IMD.

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