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Offline idelphic

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Looking for a SWR Meter
« on: October 16, 2017, 11:21:30 AM »
TSIA really,...  I need a decent SWR meter for VHF/UHF and also HF.  I don't currently have one and havent in 20 years, and really should.

Any suggestions?  And no,.. not a single meter,.. though if possible,.. sure.. why not.  But likely need and am okay with two.

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Re: Looking for a SWR Meter
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 11:47:28 AM »
An MFJ 874 HF&V/UHF might be exactly what you're looking for. Reasonable price covers 1.8mhz-525mhz. about $100!

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https://www.gigaparts.com/mfj-874.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsZHPBRClARIsAC-VMPAeydQ7NKI7zMQ7e5EgQ1YeOnDvbmmZ9BeXfcQqQNY0v0yZuBl_PAsaArudEALw_wcB

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Re: Looking for a SWR Meter
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 12:44:23 PM »
For VHF/UHF I have one of these.  It's in my field kit.


https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Professional-Standing-Wave-Meter-Testing/dp/B00GNVJ8IU/

I have an old Daiwa HF/VHF that I use for HF.  Paid $25 at a swap meet.  Retails for $100.
Though for HF you can sometimes skip the meter if you have a tuner and/or your transceiver has a built-in meter.


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Re: Looking for a SWR Meter
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 05:26:10 AM »
  I like the MFJ 822 as a budget HF/VHF at about $70

https://www.amazon.com/MFJ-822-SWR-Meter-1-8-200Hz-300W/dp/B00AR0C23Q/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1508237977&sr=1-21&keywords=swr+meter
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The MFJ 874 for HF/VHF/UHF $112

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00579E6RW/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3171424582&pd_rd_wg=yTS4A&pf_rd_r=D3GAPAVX3CA469VPY3RQ&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B00579E6RW&pd_rd_w=c6Pkk&pf_rd_i=swr+meter&pd_rd_r=59eb720a-b32a-11e7-aee0-ed41cc0626de&ie=UTF8&qid=1508238013&sr=1
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WORKMAN 104 for VHF/UHF under $30

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KYE190/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3171424582&pd_rd_wg=yTS4A&pf_rd_r=D3GAPAVX3CA469VPY3RQ&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B002KYE190&pd_rd_w=c6Pkk&pf_rd_i=swr+meter&pd_rd_r=59eb720a-b32a-11e7-aee0-ed41cc0626de&ie=UTF8&qid=1508238013&sr=2

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The RS 40 is also a favorite for VHF/UHF as I now let my antenna auto tuner handle any SWR issues on HF about $45

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KYE190/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3171424582&pd_rd_wg=yTS4A&pf_rd_r=D3GAPAVX3CA469VPY3RQ&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B002KYE190&pd_rd_w=c6Pkk&pf_rd_i=swr+meter&pd_rd_r=59eb720a-b32a-11e7-aee0-ed41cc0626de&ie=UTF8&qid=1508238013&sr=2

My LDG AT100 PRO antenna auto matcher has power and SWR LED bargraphs and protects my HF rigs from harm PLUS has a two antenna selector switch so you get POWER,SWR meter,antenna switch,auto antenna matcher for HF and in one neat package for $185 and this is my choice for economy and safety for the radio with real antenna flexibility.

http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=5120&products_id=67637&osCsid=c1t8vc2s32m3bpr1ik59g1cgl5

I have and use these and other SWR/watt meters ,these I recommend to friends as being reliable ,though not LAB GRADE at far as wattage/SWR readings...they are reliable and get the job done.

Also ,I use these and am happy with them at $120 for HF/UHF/VHF

 http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=8100&products_id=67414

http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=8100&products_id=39015