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SWR Meter/Power Meter

Discussion in 'General CB Services Discussion' started by TheRATT, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. TheRATT

    TheRATT Monitoring the frequency.

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    Hello!

    I need to buy an SWR/Power meter. When I'm talking with my group of guys in the greater Seattle area every make and model that's mentioned is "a piece of crap". Can someone save me some time and point me towards a quality/accurate meter? I'd say 500 watts would be more then capable.

    Thanks!



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  2. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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    Daiwa CN101L or bigger 801HP
    Mike
     
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  3. Hurricane145

    Hurricane145 Active Member

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    Even a Bird wattmeter with a good slug is plus or minus 5%. How accurate do they expect to get??
    I have a friend that has one of the Alpha RF Systems wattmeters that cost about $1500 or so. It is somewhat better than 5% accuracy according to the specs.

    A good powered peak reading wattmeter is sure nice. I just go with the one in my ATR-30 manual tuner.
    The Ameritron AWM-30 is a good peak reading wattmeter and not stupid expensive.
    Once you have used a good peak reading wattmeter you would probably not want to go back to an average reading one unless you just want to measure key down carrier output.

    The Daiwa wattmeters don't seem to have very good reviews.
     
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  4. Low_Boy

    Low_Boy Well-Known Member

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    Make that two for Daiwa 801 or new replacement for the 801 which is the 901.
     
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  5. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Well-Known Member

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    I bought an Ameritron awm-35bh a few years ago, and I am very happy with it.
     
  6. DXman

    DXman Well-Known Member

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    213- take a look at the Palstar meters. I've been using one for 8 yrs now and no problems....

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  7. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    Or just buy a cheap SWR meter and don't answer that question.

    Or find new friends....

    "Quality can be expressed by they way you can buy Oats...
    You can buy fresh oats and expect to pay a fair price...
    Or - you can buy oats that have already been thru a horse - they are a little cheaper."

    Not trying to be a smart-Donkey here but - when it comes to power, it's all relative...expect it to be there, expect it to exert some influence, expect it to do work...just don't expect it to do the kind of work you want it to do, not without understanding the limitations of it's environment.

    Environment = Mother Nature, Location, Equipment, Installation and Operation - this list is incomplete and will be supplemented as necessary.

    Or - like;

    Kids and Christmas -
    • you can give a kid a gift at Xmas, they may or may not thank you...
    • you can give them money for a Gift at Xmas and they may thank you...
    Just remember where it comes from - your pocketbook.
     
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  8. 338_MtRushmore

    338_MtRushmore Well-Known Member

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    The only reason I spent more than $50 on a meter was for the remote capability. I still have much less expensive meters, and I have no problem using them.

    I honestly can't recall the last time I actually read the scale on any watt meter. As long as the needles are in the expected vicinity I'm happy.
     
  9. SHACKMASTER SAM

    SHACKMASTER SAM New Member

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    It is impossible to tell people that any watt meter is worthless unless you are operating it into a known quality dummy load. Otherwise any reading is purely relative (that means a rough estimate). Even operating a precision directional watt meter into an antenna (regardless of its match) will usually not give a reliable incident power reading. Too many non-technical types cry big crocodile tears unless they see their radio show perfectly on some cool-looking watt meter.
    The only meter I own is a Bird and I only use it to monitor or check reflected power...nothing more. The forward power setting simply verifies to me that my radio is putting out RF. The exact reading is meaningless.
     
  10. Rwb

    Rwb Well-Known Member

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    i get a meter,i take it to a radio tech friend n let him compare it against his meter. That way
    1 we are both owning correct reding meters
    2 we both have meters that are wrong
    And cheep meters are decent anymore
     
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  11. StrangeBrew

    StrangeBrew Sr. Member

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    As an operator a relative reading is all you really need.
     
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  12. kaos513

    kaos513 Well-Known Member

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    No need for a fancy meter get your self a dosy meter.
     
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  13. Alan Blackmon

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    I don't expect a lot out of a meter. I have several. Some junky ones even by my standards and a OK one. They all work but are they perfect and tell me exactly what a radio or antenna is doing? No but they tell me that things seem to be working or not. In the end that is all I want. I don't need to know what the output is down the the last .1 of a watt.
     
  14. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    Daiwa 801HP is a true peak reading meter and is more accurate than the Doosie meters. When you measure watts you need to measure into a resistive load, not an antenna.
     
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  15. psycho

    psycho Running a special on our rooms!

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    Buy a nice cross needle meter so you know exactly what the swr is by simply looking at the meter. You can't go wrong with a Palstar.
     
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