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Author Topic: What to say when checking SWR  (Read 3937 times)
W0TAF
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« on: May 25, 2013, 12:47:34 PM »

Sorry if this question is too noob to be in this forum.

Although I have had my ticket for about a year now, I have never actually tested my SWR because I just got my radio and antenna set up in my vehicle where before I was using it inside my house. Everything has worked but now that I am going mobile I want to make sure it is right.

I understand how to use my meter but what I don't know, is what should I "say" when I key the mic to test?

-Todd
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K7MH
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 12:59:02 PM »

I suspect you are on 2 meters FM?
Use simplex and just say "this is W0TAF testing an antenna" or something like that.
Make sure your SWR bridge covers the band you are on or you won't get a good reading.
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AB4D
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 01:02:30 PM »

Todd,

Find a clear simplex frequency in the middle of the band and simply say, "This is W0TAF mobile, testing."  When you complete your test, just sign off with your call "W0TAF mobile clear."  It's not a good idea to perform your antenna testing on a repeater, but once you have confirmed that your antenna is tuned correctly, you can ask for a signal report on a local repeater just to ensure everything is working ok.

73
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K4SAV
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 03:08:20 PM »

What to say when checking SWR

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
teeth of liar, graveyard rubble,
eye of newt, ear of donkey,
make this SWR okie-dokie.

(Waving your hands wildly in the air while saying this, helps.)
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N5XM
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 03:36:54 PM »

I just can't believe answers like this...do it exactly like the serious posters above said.  SAV, I'm not sure you could operate your way out of a paper bag!
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KE3WD
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 03:41:29 PM »

Humor is often wasted on the eham forums...
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K4SAV
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 03:54:06 PM »

SAV, I'm not sure you could operate your way out of a paper bag!

You're right. 

I hardly ever get into a paper bag while operating.
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WH7DX
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2013, 04:03:58 PM »

What to say when checking SWR

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
teeth of liar, graveyard rubble,
eye of newt, ear of donkey,
make this SWR okie-dokie.

(Waving your hands wildly in the air while saying this, helps.)

THAT WAS FUNNY!!!    Grin Grin

I was going to say..  find a busy pileup and give it a test!!!!   Grin   but it wasn't HF

Kidding of course..  the correct advice was given long ago......
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KE3WD
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2013, 04:23:11 PM »

The repeaters around here are so dead, it probably would not matter and go unnoticed among the kerchunkers anyway...
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 07:35:09 PM »

On 2m FM I just key the mic and check the SWR, then say "WB6BYU testing"
when I'm done.  Assuming it doesn't take more than 10 minutes, of course.
(Actually it shouldn't take more than a few seconds, but I might say it every
minute or so.)

On HF I just hit the key, check the SWR, then send my callsign, generally in
CW since I've got my hand on the key anyway.  But if you are in the phone
portion of the band you can check the SWR in CW or RTTY mode, then switch
to phone for the ID.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2013, 07:41:47 PM »

SAV:  Very funny!  My wife would never talk on my ham radio but couldn't get her off of CB.  Reason?  She  said "Hams are too serious!"

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KA4POL
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2013, 10:07:32 PM »

What to say when checking SWR

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
teeth of liar, graveyard rubble,
eye of newt, ear of donkey,
make this SWR okie-dokie.

(Waving your hands wildly in the air while saying this, helps.)

Like it very much, all four thumbs up!

And testing during a waning moon decreases SWR too!  Grin Grin Grin
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G3RZP
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2013, 04:22:24 AM »

Don't you need to first rub the feeder with 'Anti SWR wax'?
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KE3WD
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2013, 06:08:26 AM »

Don't you need to first rub the feeder with 'Anti SWR wax'?

The wax is so fifties, but many think it works better to take the extra time. 

But today, the SWR SPRAY is the wonderment. 

Spray it on and drop those plural "SWRs" --  whatever that is...


73
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N4NYY
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2013, 06:25:48 AM »

What to say when checking SWR

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
teeth of liar, graveyard rubble,
eye of newt, ear of donkey,
make this SWR okie-dokie.

(Waving your hands wildly in the air while saying this, helps.)

Damn! LOL
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