Sunday, May 22, 2016

Finding The Right SWR Power Meter

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 I remember when I was trying to decide on what swr power meter I wanted in my ham shack. It was a tough choice, because I have always liked the single needle type of meter. Well for my Ham Shack I did not see too many types I was interested in. What I did was check out all my ham radio catalogs and looked into what interested me. I then went on youtube and looked for as many videos as I could fined. My third step was to go to eham.net and look at all the reviews on the various swr power meters. Today I would add a fourth step and that would be to check out amazon.com and read the reviews on whatever swr power meter your interested in. So here are the four steps below.
  1. Check The Ham Radio Catalogs
  2. Check Youtube for videos on various swr power meters
  3. Check Eham.net for Reviews Good and Bad
  4. Check Amazon for Reviews on what ever swr power meter you like
 So today you will find the Cross Needle, Single Needle and LCD Display style. There are some that have triple, dual meters and a combination of cross needle as well as a lcd readout. The other styles are smaller swr power meters for mobile use, medium size for your ham shack and then the very large swr power. My MFJ Cross Needle is one of the very large meters and it does a good job. I do also like the MFJ Extremely Large Single Needle Power Swr Meters. When buying a swr power meter make sure of the accuracy. You always want to make sure you are getting a good reading. There is no sense in damaging you expensive ham radio.


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer Is Almost Here And It's Time To Homebrew That Ham Antenna

 The weather is getting better and summer is almost here. Yes it is time to start homebrewing some kind of a ham antenna. It does not matter whether it is a moxon, quad or dipole antenna. The one main tool you should have is a good swr analyzer. You will find that it is an invaluable tool for your ham shack. During the building process it will come in quite handy.
 Mfj and Rig Xpert are probably two of the most popular swr analyzers out there. You can buy new with Amazon or Used with Ebay. Of course  you can also find new items at Ebay as well. My best advise is to check out Eham.net for reviews on all swr analyzer and check out the seller for good or bad reviews. This way you will get the best deal and not a boat anchor.
            
 RF Explorer Network Analyzer Advanced: VSWR measurement by RFExplorer






                             
                             VK5JST Antenna Analyser tour by dx2hunt


   There are plenty of other excellent videos out there that are newer and may give a better look at newer swr analyzers. You can also use the Amazon search below or the Ebay search at the side of the posts.


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