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Author Topic: antenna height  (Read 1365 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2007, 10:38:44 AM »

Your transceiver (XCVR) is a good model (IC-706MKIIG). I have been quite happy with mine for a number of years now. I have used it as a home station, a mobile station, and in many portable station deployments. Just remember to keep the manual handy because navigating the menus can be tricky at first!

When you are looking for a swr meter, verify it is useable on UHF/VHF and find out what the accuracy is on those higher frequencies. Not all meters are created equal.

In general, HF is very forgiving. UHF/VHF not so much, and microwave not at all. The basic reason behind this is the wavelength of the frequencies being used. The shorter the wavelength, the more precision required in manufactoring equipment and meters, and the higher the losses in coax, etc.

A 5% error on HF is pretty good for ham radio use. For UHF/VHF many commonly found meters can be off as much as 20%. Somewhere around 10% +/- error is pretty common it seems to me.

(Based upon reading and a long interest in such things; NOT based upon using lab equipment to personally make comparison measurements - my opinion only!)

When possible, independent lab reviews are quite helpful. ARRL publishes such reviews. This web site has a section in which users review products. I have found that to be very useful when considering a purchase.

Good luck and have fun!
Erik n0ew
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