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Watt Meter for Mobile Set Up?

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by 70cst, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. 70cst

    70cst Well-Known Member

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    When I get my radio and amps back from BOO...I want to install a back lit Watt meter in my mobile set up. Are these all made the same or are there some Meter Manufactures that are a better value? Thanks in advance.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!



     

  2. W5LZ

    W5LZ Crotchety Old Bastard

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    I think your best bet would be to find a fairly simple to read meter of a size to fit where you want to put it, and is lit up. In a mobile, that 'size' thing will be the determining factor probably. One way of making that 'size' smaller is to use one of the 'cross-needle' meters. They are also simpler to read once you become accustomed to them, which doesn't take long at all. The 'best' thing about them is there are no calibration adjustments. Maybe a range scale, but that's it.
    There are a number of manufacturers that make them, pick the one you like the best and can afford.
    - 'Doc
     
  3. 70cst

    70cst Well-Known Member

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    What would be some of the mfg names? (so I can google) It has been a while scince I have been in radios and I am get back into the hobby. Thanks
     
  4. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    Look at the Palstar, it has a remote hookup which can make installation a little more simple.
     
  5. dxhound

    dxhound Active Member

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    How much power do you plan to run? If under 500 watts. Find an Aries ASWR460. They are a Numerical readout of both power and SWR simultaneously.

    Or If your running big power, look at the LP-100A or Power master from array solutions!
     
  6. project

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    You could always buy a bird meter.

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  7. CamoRedneck

    CamoRedneck KJ4PUF

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    palstar or diamond sx-100
     
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    pro151 KB4RMA

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    I use a Palstar PM2000AM in my Envoy and am very pleased with it. In fact, I have a spare that has been run on base for about a month and would part with it for $100.00 shipped. Paid $159.95.
     
  9. n0zna

    n0zna Digital master

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    get a Diamond

    they are small and good...73s de n0zna/John
     
  10. 70cst

    70cst Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all...
     
  11. Toll_Free

    Toll_Free Active Member

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    I almost hate to recommend them, but MFJ has a 3Kw mobile meter with a meter assembly that rivals the Dosy and Blackcat meters....

    I like either NO meter in my mobile, or something big enough that I can see whats going on via my peripheral. No meter is typically how I run mine, though. Volt meter on the alternator(s), that's about it.


    --Toll_Free
     
  12. GnG8d

    GnG8d Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. I set my mobile up with my Bird and then get a baseline on my RatShack. I carry the RatShack and a jumper for spot checks, or if something just doesn't seem right, but I don't leave it in line.
     
  13. Toll_Free

    Toll_Free Active Member

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    I do the same, but use a Field Strength meter from Radio Shack lol.... They pretty much accomplish the same thing, and once you KNOW what your near field is, it's pretty easy to pull it out of the center console and take a reading.


    "Great Minds".... A wattmeter only introduces loss via connectors and internal components. Just a simple fact of life.

    --Toll_Free
     

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