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Author Topic: Install FT-7900R w/Comet SSB-2 PL-259 Mount  (Read 921 times)
PETERACKERMANEXKC2TFF
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« on: March 23, 2010, 05:55:00 AM »

I am installing this radio in my F-250 Diesel pick-up. After reading the manual for the radio I see it does not have an internal SWR meter. Should I have a SWR Meter and if so which would be best? I would like one that will handle up to 100 watts and HF as well as UHF/VHF as I also have an Icom IC706MKIIG as my base with a G5RV antenna for HF and a base UHF/VHF antenna. If a UHF/VHF only meter would best. please let me know.
Price is important as funds are getting low.
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 06:31:48 AM »

There is no reason to install a directional wattmeter in a VHF installation. It is just one more unneeded failure point. Once the antenna is tuned (most VHF/UHF antennas don't need to be tuned), the need is no longer valid.

I have an Icom 7000 in my mobile, along with a Scorpion 680, BetterRF Controller, SG500 amp, and I have no wattmeter, or SWR bridge, period!

By the way, VHF antennas which mount on SO239 mounts, as a rule, aren't very sturdy. They also don't lend themselves to drilled-hole mounting, as they leak. You're always better off with an NMO antenna like the Larsen NMO2/70BK.
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KI6LXL
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 04:48:52 PM »

The Larsen antenna that K0BG is talking about is great. It even stands up to my offroading activity in my 08 Ram 2500 Diesel. It's been a couple months so far and nothing but great!
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