02-12-2012, 09:59 AM
W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Originally Posted by Need2Know
Should I interpret your comment as meaning that all $100 SWR meters are pretty much equal, that you have no preference for the significant design differences between the two meters I referenced, and that the more money that is spent, the less "relative" (i.e. "more accurate") the results of the meter become?
Other members answered the question rather well.
The VSWR just tells you that voltage standing wave ratio, an analyzer has so many other functions than just vswr, and since the antenna is 95% of the station the analyzer is the best investment any op can have in their station, IMO it is.
As far as a meter for pep or avg or the so called "bird" watts. It is your pocket. Some like the prestige per say of using a bird meter but that is all it is.
Autek is a great meter. I use several in the shack and all perform well.
MFJ cross needle meters are ok, many in use and they do work.
So basically interpret it how you want. The end result is the analyzer will definitely assist in tuning the antenna for the "most efficient radiator possible". The meter is just relevant to see what the power out in watts maybe.