02-12-2012, 12:31 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nova Scotia,Canada
Originally Posted by 359
Really? I can swap out many combinations of slugs in my dual line section for direct reading of forward and reflect, from milliwatts to kilowatts, pep or average, I can use a multiplier board if I don't have the exact slug I need, I can put an Extractor slug in for feeding a scope or AM
detector, etc etc. I think it goes way deeper than prestige.
As waverider said "some" like the prestige. In the real world of CB
or ham MOST people that use a Bird, and only a Bird meter, do so for that reason. The CBer that has a single radio and probably an amp and uses a Bird as his only meter is pretty much doing so for the "I have a Bird" factor. If you have a station covering the spectrum from 160m all the way up to VHF/UHF
with various power levels than something versatile like a Bird and a handful of slugs makes perfect sense to have. Myself I just use a diamond SX-1000 as it covers everything from 160m up to 23 cm and I have no amp so that meter is great and has served me for many, many years. I do however plan to buy another meter soon that will cover 6m with a 2 Kw
range as I have just obtained an amplifier for that band capable of at least 1 Kw
output. I may look at the Diawa cross needle meters as they are decent units. As for the OP question, it really boils down to personal preference among the two you linked too. I have faith in the Diamond SX-1000 that I have but the Diawa series is very good as well.