Questions tagged [swr-meter]

Equipment which measures standing wave ratio (SWR). See also [antenna-analyzer]. For questions about fixing “high SWR” problems, see [impedance-matching] instead.

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Why SWR significantly changes with adding 10-30 meters of coax in presence of RFI choke?

I've build a verical for 40M band using a fishing rod as a mast, 6 radials and an RFI choke (FT240-31 ring, 8 turns of RG58, W1JR winding according to the article by Steve Hunt). When I measure SWR ...
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To which part of the band should I tune my Hi-Q wire antenna if my transceiver has an automatic antenna tuner?

I'm attempting to tune my DX-EE Alpha Delta multi-band wire antenna. The instructions state: The 40 meter sections can be shortened to the SSB section of the band by pulling the wires through the ...
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How to interpret VSWR results for an attic antenna

I have an Alpha Delta DX-EE antenna in my attic. The antenna is 40 ft long and my attic is about 5ft high by 55 ft long. There's a lot of other stuff up there--a chimney, Romex, Cat 6 cable, RG-6 ...
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Really Low SWR Reading On PMR

I spoke to a friend about what antennas I was using for PMR and the frequency range on them was only set to 170-430Mhz he said it could lead to a high SWR, So I decided to test it out for safety ...
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What additional information do I get from an RF ammeter, as compared to a regular SWR/wattmeter?

I've grown up using SWR/power meters. They're "simple" devices: They show forward and reverse power, and show the standing wave ratio. They, however, do not show antenna efficiency. New hams are ...
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Why some hams test their baluns with an SWR meter?

There are videos on YouTube that show how to make a 1:1 current balun. When the balun is done some people connect a 100W 50 Ohms resistor to the balun and measure SWR say in 7.000-7.200 MHz range. If ...
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Do I need a separate SWR meter if the transceiver has one built-in?

I'm going to buy Yaesu FT-891 as my first transceiver. I know that I can measure SWR with it if I use FM mode and minimum power, which is 5W for this transceiver. However, I don't know whether it's ...
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FTDX3000D SWR Meter

I just bought a Yaesu FTDX3000D and would like to see the SWR. Is it possible to display the SWR on the FTDX3000D? If so, what menu option would that be? I'm not finding it. I searched for this ...
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Lightbulb as an SWR detector?

Back in ye olden days before SWR meters and auto-tuners, how was a ordinary household lightbulb used to help tune an antenna system? What did the circuit and tuning procedure look like?
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How did hams manage to tune their antennas before VSWR meters?

In the early 20th century --back when the hobby was still new-- before VSWR meters and antenna analyzers were invented, how did radio operators know whether they were tuned for maximum power out? ...
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Can a CB SWR meter be used for HF amateur bands?

I have a basic CB SWR meter, I can’t see any reason why it can’t be used on other HF bands and be at least indicative of what the SWR is, even if the absolute power measurement is inaccurate. Is this ...
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Powering transceiver and SWR/power meter from same supply?

I'm mostly sure this will be ok, but I'd like to confirm. I have a switching power supply (can't remember the model right now, but it's for ham use, 13.8V/30A) and I'd like to power both the FT-857D ...
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Am I calibrating my SWR meter, SWR-001, correctly?

I have an SWR-001, which seems to be released under two different brands, MyDEL and Sharman. The MyDEL SWR-001 looks like this: and the Sharman one looks the same except for the label on the bottom ...
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What's the difference between a Return Loss Bridge and a Circulator?

From my understanding a return loss bridge basically consists of three terminals: an RF input, a DUT output and a RF output which goes to say a spectrum analyzer; I understand that the RF input signal ...
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How does an SWR meter really work?

For ham radio operators, the SWR meter is a ubiquitous piece of equipment. There are dozens of standalone models on the market and most modern transceivers and antenna tuners have this functionality ...
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SWR Measured at the Transmitter versus SWR at the Antenna

It is fairly well understood that due to transmission line losses, the SWR as measured at the transmitter will be less than the SWR at the antenna. Some of the new antenna analyzers and some vector ...
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Measured forward power less than “usual”

I've just tried making my own J pole antenna. While matching for lowest SWR on the SWR meter, I noticed that my FTM400 didn't show 5 W forward power. I hardly saw the reflected power needle move so I ...
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How should this SWR meter's directional coupler work?

I'm wrapping up a "home build" of the MFJ-941EK antenna tuner kit and having trouble getting the wattmeter calibrated. I can't use C4 to get the reflected power reading calibrated down to 0 as is ...
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Is it possible to determine if I'm adjusting gamma match in correct direction with an SWR meter and if yes, how?

I've recently obtained a Quad Loop antenna for 2 m and 70 cm that's fed through gamma match, as shown in the picture: The shorter metal bars are connected to the hot side of the BNC, while the longer ...
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Can I touch the ground of a PWR/SWR meter?

I'm planning to build a 5W PWR/SWR meter very similar to this design by G3YMC, but with two meters: I'd like to put it in this metal box, and use the box as ground. However, the bottom of the box ...
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Is an antenna analyzer necessary for building antennas?

I'd like to try my hand at building a few antennas for VHF/UHF use. I'm going to be going approximately from established designs, but obviously the final result will require some tuning. I don't ...
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How can I calibrate a SWR meter?

I would like to build my own HF (1.8 - 30 MHz) SWR meter, however I'm not sure how I can calibrate the meter without an accurate power source. I'm targeting a power capacity of 150 W so I can use it ...
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What is the point of a SWR/power meter where the needles cross over each other?

There are SWR/power meters with two separate gauges, and others that have them mounted so the gauge needles cross over each other. Aside from looking cool, does the cross-over point of the two meters ...
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Do I need a SWR meter for a basic 2 meter antenna?

I have a 5 watt 2 meter handheld transceiver and want to build a helmet with an antenna, microphone (with VOX enabled) and earpiece for the radio. For the antenna part, I just want to do something ...