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Warning: Do NOT listen to the "experts" that love to spend your money - for occasional tuning/testing of your antenna you do NOT NEED a $500+ SWR meter.

Normal people use inexpensive meters like the Surecom SW-33 or SW-102, and they work just fine.

If you plan on testing/tuning antennas professionally or as some kind of a hobby, then by all means get one that costs much more and is *slightly* more accurate.

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4 minutes ago, OffRoaderX said:

Warning: Do NOT listen to the "experts" that love to spend your money - for occasional tuning/testing of your antenna you do NOT NEED a $500+ SWR meter.

Normal people use inexpensive meters like the Surecom SW-33 or SW-102, and they work just fine.

If you plan on testing/tuning antennas professionally or as some kind of a hobby, then by all means get one that costs much more and is *slightly* more accurate.

Yeah, im just wanting to tune some of my crap closer enough.  Im hitting a repeater with a UV-5R and the stock antenna at 7 miles from inside my house.  When I get serious with my mobile rig is where i want to do a bit better, but im not looking to go pro for sure.

 

Thanks for the feedback.

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On 4/2/2024 at 10:34 PM, OffRoaderX said:

Warning: Do NOT listen to the "experts" that love to spend your money - for occasional tuning/testing of your antenna you do NOT NEED a $500+ SWR meter.

Normal people use inexpensive meters like the Surecom SW-33 or SW-102, and they work just fine.

If you plan on testing/tuning antennas professionally or as some kind of a hobby, then by all means get one that costs much more and is *slightly* more accurate.

I take offense to that. I use a Surecom SW-102 and I'm not normal. 🤨

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On 4/3/2024 at 9:55 PM, AdmiralCochrane said:

102 works for me too, but I try to tune them ahead of time with a NVA 

I second that. There are really only two choices for this task, a Bird 43 meter with appropriate slug on the high end of the price scale, or a Chinese NanoVNA for about $60. I have both and highly recommend Mr. Chung's NanoVNA as I use it for all my antenna building endeavors and checking SWR. I'll even go as far as saying it's totally and utterly foolish and breaks every terrestrial and celestial bounds of human stupidity relying on these cheap meters as I've found them to be off anywhere between 10 to 20 percent off. This even applies to Daiwa meters as well. For the budget minded hobbyist that want fantastic accuracy for only a few bucks, the NanoVNA is the only choice.

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3 minutes ago, tcp2525 said:

it's totally and utterly foolish and breaks every terrestrial and celestial bounds of human stupidity relying on these cheap meters as I've found them to be off anywhere between 10 to 20 percent off

I have tested several against my RigExpert AA-650 and they always come in within ~1%-5% .. Weird.

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12 minutes ago, OffRoaderX said:

I have tested several against my RigExpert AA-650 and they always come in within ~1%-5% .. Weird.

I'm sure it's just sample variations. I've tested a bunch of meters throughout the years and find that no two meters from the same manufacture will give you the same exact reading. This even applies to Bird meters. Bottom line, one has to accept the possibility that whatever budget meter they use it might be in the ballpark or not. A cheap NanoVNA is the ultimate choice if you're looking to get the best from your installation. This is even more important on UHF.

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3 minutes ago, OffRoaderX said:

Thankfully for normal people using a GMRS radio, "close" is plenty good enough.

I totally agree. I'm just saying for the people that want to get the most out of their GMRS installation is to do it right the first time and squeeze out every bit of performance for maximum enjoyment. As we see on the forum we have many people not getting the performance they deserve. Like you said, "close is plenty good enough" for most people.

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