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Author Topic: type new-large wattmeter????  (Read 2009 times)
KC8Y
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« on: June 07, 2014, 05:58:16 AM »

I am in the market on getting a new wattmeter/something that's not too expensive--less than $ 200; never go above 100-watt in operation for HF.  I kinda like the cross-meters, BUT require something large enough to see meter because of my old-declining eyesight.

Interested in the Palstar PM2000AM or the Daiwa CN-801.

Are there any other model(s) that you can recommend?

Ken KC8Y
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KJ6ZOL
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 02:11:07 PM »

Check Ham Radio Outlet, they have a good selection of watt meters. You could also check swap boards for used meters, I believe MFJ has made large readout meters in the past. I use an old Heathkit HM-102, I like that it has white numbers on a black background so I can use it in even marginal light-I frequently only have a table lamp on in the shack.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 03:11:05 PM »

I'm pretty happy with my MFJ-884 got it from HRO for a little over 100.00 nice big cross needle backlit display hf/vhf up to 200 watts.

Not bang on accurate but close enough.  Wink
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KA5PIU
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 06:23:41 PM »

Hello.

The Sense circuit is pretty simple.
I have seen CB wattmeters that are HUGE!
True, they are for 27.185 MHz, and they might not be spot-on, but everyone I ever saw has calibration adjusts.
And by HUGE, I mean HUGE!
The frequency counter matching display has 6" numbers in the LED display.
The On the Air display has TWO! 1165 light bulbs.
Yes, if completely configured, this thing is the size of some rigs!
http://www.copperelectronics.com/cart/
And, if you do set to optional frequency counter up to display watts, you can see it from across the room with ease!
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KD8GEH
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014, 07:34:43 PM »

Hi,

I have several watt meters.  I got a great deal on a MFJ 868 at hamvention. Fell in love with it! It has a 7 inch meter (not cross, std swr fwd rev) peak reading option, lighted display, and its way close to the bird! I did cal it a bi,t but it was very close.

Ameritron makes a good one as well.

I can see this thing easily from my chair no issues and it gives me a accurate peak. Tine the amp in the standard scare, all is good with the work.

I pretty darn happy  Grin  Check it out.

73,

Dave  KD8GEH

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KA5PIU
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014, 07:55:21 PM »

Hello.

Just so you know.
Dosy wattmeters are opimistic! by about 30%!
The SWR part is spot on.
To be fair, this thing has signs of that "Golden Screwdriver".
I was able to get it to within 1% of a calibrated dummy load/wattmeter.
But, calibrated, it is good for 2 to 60 MHz.
Just, if you get CB grade, be careful, it may have been "Worked on".
I only checked the SWR function when I got it, and that has this adjust thing on the outside.
That part works FB.
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