- Nov 12, 2013
This meter has always intrigued me. It's costly - $230. And made by a company that sometimes has difficulties with Quality Control. Despite that, I bit the bullet and got one.
1. Large, 3.5" easy-to-read display.
2. SWR at-a-glance. No time spent adjusting the set point or interpreting a cross needle reading.
3. SWR accuracy appears splendid as readings vary only a few hundredths from those of my RigExpert analyzer. For example:
28.300 1.06 1.04
28.400 1.02 1.02
28.500 1.07 1.05
4. Forward power accuracy appears pretty good too. I have no numbers to compare to as my analyzer doesn't measure power. Here are the power settings on the radio compared to the meter readings:
Radio MFJ 849
5 watts 4.86 watts
50 watts 48.76 watts
100 watts 99.92 watts
5. It also displays reflected power.
6. Once you unkey, the readings remain on the screen for a few seconds before reverting to 0.00.
1. The meter claims to be a peak reading meter but it clearly doesn't have peak hold. When transmitting on SSB, the numbers jump all over the place. And quickly. Power readings are pretty useless really. Unless you're whistling. The SWR readings jump as well but don't vary by much and are useful. The best results, of course, are determined using a steady carrier like CW or AM.
2. Maximum of 200 watts.
Conclusion? I like it. A lot.
I posted this thread in the Ham Equipment forum as the meter works on both HF (1.6 - 60 MHz) and V/UHF (125 - 525 MHz). But set to HF, it would be great for CB as well. (As long as you're under 200 watts.)