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Old 03-13-2011, 06:21 AM
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I am looking to purchase a Antenna Tuner / Analyzer and would like to keep my cost to $100 or less. Does anyone know of a quality unit for that price range? If that is not an option, what would be the next step up as far as cost? $150-$200?
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You can start by looking the following found right here on this forum...

Now, after you get a ton of recommendations - jump over to eHam.net Reviews and enter (in the Search Reviews box) the model number and see what other are saying about the particular model.
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You're not going to find an Antenna analyzer for under $100, but you certainly can find SWR/Power meters in that price range. Although you didn't say what frequency range you're looking for, I'm sure MFJ makes one that will fit your needs. I've tried a couple of them and they're work pretty good. I've also used the Daiwa cross-needle meters, which are a little more expensive.

An alternative to an analyzer is a Noise Bridge. Think of a Noise Bridge as an "old fashioned" antenna analyzer. They take a little bit of learning to understand how to use, but once you know how you can get a lot of the same info that an analyzer will tell you. You can find them pretty cheap on ebay:

EXCELLENT PALOMAR WIDE RANGE ANTENNA NOISE BRIDGE - eBay (item 380322656211 end time Mar-14-11 20:01:30 PDT)

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I assumed he was talking about a SWR/PWR meter based on his "$100" prefer'd limit.
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I'm really new to all of this so I apologize if I wasn't clear on what I was asking. I'm going to build a multi band dipole antenna and would like a meter of some type to analyze it and tune it if need be. I would like to keep the cost to around $100 but could spend more if needed.
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well for starters the Antenna tuner is not going to tune your antenna
its going to show your radio what it wants to see
and the rest is going up in heat
so the probelm still exists
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I am bidding on an MFJ 259B on eBay. I think that might help accomplish what I'm wanting to accomplish.
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259B is good analyzer and can do so much more than just analyze impedance matches.

I have one in the shack, One of the most used tools in the shack.

Fan dipoles are great, or multi-band dipoles.
I have built one that covered 15 meters through 160 meters. the analyzer was a BIG plus when building multi-band antennas with one feed point.

Not knocking the auctions sites but? Some of the junk on the auctions sites has been pretty well used and may not function properly.

An antenna analyzer is something that needs to function properly so that when you do finally key in to the antenna you know it is correct match.

An analyzer is one of the pieces of test equipment that is worth the $$ to get a good one. One that does HF and VHF is a plus, never know what band you may want to experiment on next.

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