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Review Summary For : Array Solutions Powermaster
Reviews: 182MSRP: 525.
5% accuracy, temperature and frequency compensated, 1.8-54 MHz, peak-hold modes, bargraph display of power and SWR for easy antenna system matching, PC programmable via RS232, more.

I use two of these meters in my own station, no suprises there for sure, they are great! But we're adding features you may want to know about. The accuracy is NOW 3% with our HP equipment technique which calibrates out more uncertainty. The coupler heads are interchangeable from HF to uWaves with the new LITE 3.0, and all instruments in the field will be upgradable to a new feature, the COUPLER SCANNER. It will automatically scan multiple couplers for you. Pretty cool stuff. AND more features to come.

Product is in production
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K2MK Rating: 2021-05-16
Highly recommended Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I'm taking a few moments to update my original review. My circumstances have changed since retiring, moving south, and reducing my antenna farm to a single hidden dipole. However, I still use and heavily rely on my Power Master. Now as I venture into the arena of non-resonant antennas I discovered some unusual results on my Power Master. A quick e-mail to the company and a quick Sunday reply to my inquiry from Jay. Jay has helped me in the past and he has again. He directed me to make a menu change and now my Power Master is back in sync with my new situation.

I have used many Array Solution products in the past and I have also sold all of them except for the Power Master as my new situation no longer requires the same level of complexity it once did. The company is top notch and well worth any premium cost.

I'm really impressed with the Power Master. Just a single dit on the paddle wakes up the display (if it was sleeping) and accurately displays power and SWR.

The highly stable and accurate display makes amp tune up a breeze.

There are several protection parameters that can be activated to protect your amplifier. You just feed the transmit control line from your transceiver through the RCA jacks on the back of the power master and then to the the amplifier. It will prevent your amp from keying if the chosen parameters are exceeded. I elected to use the SWR protection and set it to 3:1. With two antennas, it never fails that I key the transceiver with my external antenna switch in the wrong position. In a fraction of a second the alarm is activated and the amp is never keyed.

Yes it cost a bit more than an analog power meter but I feel it to be well worth the price. And the people at Array Solutions are a pleasure to deal with. I received very fast response to my e-mail inquiries even on the weekend
JUNKMAN Rating: 2021-04-04
One Of The Best! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Probably one of the best wattmeter's money can buy bar none. The meter itself works superbly. But the software is junk. Don't buy this if your main plan was to operate it via computer because the latency is so bad that the software is for the most part unusable. But as a stand alone meter is it great! I like the PowerMaster very much. Array Solutions gets these things out the door fast! I had mine in two days in NC.
VE9AA Rating: 2020-12-27
Does what it should Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Rec'd for Xmas after consultation w/ Jay, got the setup for 2 matched couplers for SO2R. Only tested briefly but seems to do like it says. I thought I was getting a blue/turquoise display but mine is green. No matter. I was just surprised, that was all. Seems accurate enough that I can tune amps and antenna tuners using the bar graph. Thanks Jay.
SV8RMA Rating: 2019-07-03
Excellent Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have Powermaster for over 10 years now.It has become the more essential tool of my shack.When I transmit I always take a look at it to determine that my antenna system is working good.Several times has protected my expensive equipment ,because it alarmed me of very high SWR.Very accurate readings of power and SWR.And after 10 years very good customer support from Jay.He helped me to resolve a problem in setting up the Powermaster Lite program.He told me that I had to change the decimal point in W10 in order the program to work right.After his help everything is working perfect.
73 Fotis SV8RMA
N0TES Rating: 2016-12-18
Simple simon Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I had this set aside for many months, and finally hooked it up. Wow! What a great answer to monitoring SWR while on the air. And if you're not watching it, there is an alarm that sounds if SWR is high.
WA3HDW Rating: 2016-06-25
Outstanding Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Purchased the PowerMaster II for use in my station as well as testing antennas at International Antenna Company (IAC). The meter is extremely accurate and very easy to use in both applications. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a watt and SWR meter with great features.
VK4NM Rating: 2016-03-16
WOW Time Owned: more than 12 months.
All I can really say is WOW what a meter. Makes tuning my old Drake L4B a pleasure. I use it with the CPU interface - the meter readout is right in front of me on the computer so when I'm in those mad pileups I can quickly see if my SWR decides to play up. I cannot say enough about this meter or the support you get from Array Solutions - yet another great product from Jay and his team.
KB8NTY Rating: 2015-10-01
*EXCELLENT* Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Really not much more can be said that has not been already.

Every feature-function & experience has been addressed.

I just wanted to complement the customer service that this company provides...In addition to the quality of equipment they offer, the service they offer is without peer.

It's been my first hand experience which has not been matched ever by any other manufacturer and or distributor.

It is this very important component of a business that sadly today is overlooked..not by Jay and his staff...They value you and let you know.

This is why Array Solutions will endure.

Congrats to this company!
AE7KB Rating: 2015-04-08
Fast and Accurate Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
About six weeks prior to this writing, I took delivery of a new Powermaster II. Maybe a bit pricy at the current rate of $525.00 but worth every dime. Thanks to this unit, I now know that the Alpha 76PA I purchased last November is in much better working condition than I thought. This is due to the fast action and superior accuracy of the PM II as compared to the original analog meters. Tuning the amp with a series of dits or quick blips with the PTT foot switch in CW mode is quick, painless and the tubes barely warm beyond normal idle temperature.

One of it's best features is the ability to mount the sensor in the coax six feet or more from the meter itself instead of running high power RF through it like most others.

My hat's off to Array Solutions for a good product that not only works as advertised but exceeds expectations.
W0CZE Rating: 2015-03-16
OLD BUT GREAT Time Owned: more than 12 months.

Earlier 5-star review posted by W0CZE on 2007-07-09

The digital and analog power display is easy to see for my old eyes and a quick look shows SWR as well. I have had the meter for almost two years and it has performed flawlessly. My son gave it to me as a gift. I sure have enjoyed it.