I have went round and round with people and even had to explain this to a few fellow Ham operators!! The biggest argument was "Well my meter does have a power cord!!!" Then I have to explain that 9 tmes out of 10 that power cord is strictly for the light the meter may have in it for night viewing and this is not to power the circuit as the meter does not have a true active peak reading circuit!!
Thanks for the quick replies guys.
I'm not really wanting an exact output measurement but I see that on my built in meter at the power setting, it indicates just 2-4 bars. Shouldn't my meter range from 0-max when I speak into the mike during tx?
I am pretty sure the software in the radio Automatically reduces output in AM mode.
Check your output in CW not AM mode...
All the Best
EXACTLY. I was thinking last night that we were only assuming you were testing in SSB mode. SSB/CW/FM modes will show full 100 watts out. AM mode should show NO MORE THAN A 25 WATT CARRIER ON AM. If you are seeing more than 25 watts of unmodulated carrier on AM then the radio has had the menue settings messed with and you need to reset them. Again IN AM MODE THE RADIO SHOULD MAKE NO MORE THEN 25 WATTS. RTFM.