My Elmer has one for 50 bucks is this a good meter to start out with ?? Thanks
Yes, it is a good SWR/Power meter but, IMHO, $50 is a little high unless it is in excellent condition with no scratches on the meter face. I usually see the HM-102s at ham fests for $35 to $40. I have two HM-102s and a HM-2102 (VHF version). I like the nice big meter and the fact that the sensor is remote from the readout. But I find it a little clumsy to read SWR.
In the SWR mode, the control on the right is pulled out and then adjusted for full scale. Then you push in the control and read the SWR. I have always found that the control is loose and changes when you push it in. I'm never sure that I am getting an accurate reading, but in reality, close is really good enough.
Part of that problem is that I like the meter to be on the left of my rig. But I am right handed and and my left hand doesn't work as well as my right hand.
I also find the 2000 Watt position useless for my setup. I don't have any equipment that would exceed the 200 Watt setting. I have considered modifying that position to do a peak reading.
The advantage of many new SWR/Power meters is that they read SWR directly, without any messing with controls. The disadvantage is their cost.