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Review Summary For : SURECOM SW102
Reviews: 8MSRP: 50
Small SWR and Power meter 125 to 525 MHz. Max power 125 Watts. Built in frequency counter.
Product is in production
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KG6BRG Rating: 2023-02-11
Surprisingly pleased so far Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just got this meter today for a semi permanent install in my shack to use with a ft-818nd and an 85 watt amplifier on occasion. It seems quite accurate, tested against a Diawa meter and the built in swr bridge in the 2 meter amp. They are very close in the readings. I also checked the meter with some calibrated dummy loads I made that offer 1:1, 1.5:1, 2:1, and 3:1 loads. Easily accurate enough for a ham shack. I needed the side inputs this meter offered and at $58.00 delivered in 3 days I took a chance. A pic I saw on the internet looks like the battery is in a battery holder and could be swapped out easily, no solder tabs, just spring ends in the holder. That's nice if the battery goes belly up. Red light for charge, green light when fully charged and also the display tells you if you are powered by the internal battery or external USB supply. A nice bit of info. Good meter it seems.
W2IRT Rating: 2023-01-20
Not bad for a quick field check Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I've compared this to a Bird 43 that I've owned since the 1990s but which has never been calibrated. On UHF, using a genuine Bird 50D slug and through my resonant Diamond dual-band mobile antenna, the Bird registered 29W and the Surecomm was 25W. The Surecomm showed my antenna with a 1.19:1 SWR and the Bird deflected very slightly on reverse.

Is it lab grade? No. But then again, my Bird probably hasn't been on a calibration bench since it was manufactured. And besides, for the purposes of simple LMR installations, lab precision isn't necessary.

Do you need a quick SWR check? Is the TX still putting out somewhere around its rated power? Will you be beyond miserable if it gets lost or stolen out of your equipment bag? Questions to ask yourself. As a Jeeper who uses GMRS, 2m, and 70cm, I can throw this meter and its box, plus a short patch cable into my tool bag and test out my fellow club members' radios before we hit the trails or if they're complaining of something not working right. It's really ideal for this scenario. My Bird will sit on my bench at home, but the Surecomm will get far more use on the trails. And if it gets damaged or "borrowed" it's not the end of the world. I'd rather be out $65 than $650, plus slugs.
N8JJO Rating: 2021-04-19
Don't trust this meter! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
The Surecom SW-102 is not even close to being calibrated when compared to a proper SWR meter. SWR indicated is much lower than reality. Save your money for a proper SWR meter, this is Chinese junk.

Protect your finals, don't use this garbage!
REMOVED_WB3JJF Rating: 2019-12-03
Great Value, Works Fine Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I recently bought two new vhf/uhf handhelds and needed a small meter for swr/power measurements. (Ihave a trusty old MFJ-817 for my base station but wanted a seperate smaller meter for the new ht's.)
This meter seems well built and works fine. The frequency counter is very cool too. Instructions are a bit weak, but I just started to use the meter and it was easy.
VE2JL Rating: 2019-10-22
GREAT VALUE Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Extremely pleased with the 102. Ideal for hobby use and the size is perfect for tight operating spaces. Digital readout for SWR, power and frequency. Accuracy is good. Compared it with my BIRD 43 and TELEWAVE 44. All readings were close. The best buy for the buck!
N5GLR Rating: 2019-03-18
Very Good Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Took delivery of this little meter today but, am so pleased with it I couldn't wait to post my early opinion. Small and portable, METAL case, solid look and feel, SO239s are solidly attached (also available with BNC). I used it to check the values on a dual band mobile and all readings were within the expected range. SWR on 2mtr - 1.01 w/40watts out on low and 72watts on high; UHF - 1.3 w/29watts on low and 40watts on high. Xmit frequency readouts agreed exactly with the radio. IMO's a very good value.
KE4IAJ Rating: 2018-03-14
Fantastic Value for the money Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is a great little portable meter for VHF/UHF. I've had this now for a couple years, and today I put it up against a brand new known to be accurate MFJ meter and they are right together with their output readings.

It feels solid and well built, feels good to hold.

It's rechargable with a micro USB and it lasts a long time. As a bonus it also shows TX freq.

If you need a VHF/UHF meter on a budget, consider this one. I will definitely be looking at more Surecom products. 73
WA3SEE Rating: 2017-11-16
Compact package Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Found this to be a small, well built, little SWR meter. The display is 2 in.(W) by 1 in. (H.) That means you may need your reading glasses to see all the data displayed. The display shows power, VSWR, transmit efficiency and RF frequency in addition to battery status and control menu. Unit has female 'N' connectors on body and comes with SO-239 adapters. Includes AC charger and built in 3.7V Li-ion battery. Appears to offer accurate power and VSWR measurement in a compact, inexpensive package.