Need help looking for a good, VHF UHF SWR meter.

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Need help looking for a good, VHF UHF SWR meter.

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Hi I'm looking for a VHF UHF SWR meter, I've had a look on a few of the ham shops on the net for prices. But don't know what to go for, can someone help me work out which one to go. I'm looking for a good quality and value for money, thanks.
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Re: Need help looking for a good, VHF UHF SWR meter.

Post by Tigersaw »

Are you looking for something to leave inline and look pretty all the time or something just for setting up?
Good analogue inline meters are expensive, check out Diamond or Avair for instance, especially if you want UHF.
If its just for the occasional check, its cheaper to get one of the digital offerings for about £50.
Also, depending on the radio, it may well have one built in.

I use an old school twin meter 150Mhz rated one from my CB days, probably not accurate at UHF but it does find the sweet spot just as well as a UHF meter.
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Just get a second hand one for the frequencies you'll be using to tune antennas at set up, imo no point forking out top money for and having in-line all the time especially if your radio(s) has/have built in one(s) to keep an eye on.
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don't think I'll spend to much on one just something to get me in the ball park I'll have a look at something in the second hand market thanks guys
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Re: Need help looking for a good, VHF UHF SWR meter.

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Just gonna throw in my tuppence. I’ve got a uhf avair av-40 that is dead one needle has died. And I have a close friend who has had had one die too!

I’m in the market for a good uhf meter also, I’m not going for an avair
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Re: Need help looking for a good, VHF UHF SWR meter.

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NanoVNA maybe?
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I agree NanoVNA is excellent choice. Even if you only use it as an SWR meter it is good value but it is capable of so much more.
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I agree NanoVNA is an excellent choice. Even if you only use it as an SWR meter it is good value but it is capable of so much more.
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