Clint - I have the MFJ-868 and use it for testing purposes on my work bench. The three ranges (20 watts, 200 watts, and 2000 watts) make it very nice for measuring power from QRP to legal limit. And the Peak Reading function works great. And I really do like that huge meter. I calibrated it against my NIST-traceable scope and it holds its calibration nicely at all power levels and across the HF bands. It is great for a lot of my bench work. However as Steve said - it is very nice to see forward power and SWR simultaneously when you are operating. For this, I now have an Array Solutions PowerMaster. This is a more expensive power meter, but very accurate. Plus it can be used for disabling amps when programmable SWR limits are exceeded, and it even has downloadable firmware update features. I also like the software provided so you can display the meter and all its functions on your computer screen.
I'll have to admit, I normally would not have bought this meter as this is more than I'd considered spending on a power meter. But CQ Magazine asked me to write a review on it (review is also on my website at www.ad5x.com
). After having it for a few weeks for the review, I had to buy it.
Phil - AD5X