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Old 10-10-2017, 09:39 AM
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Default Which VSWR Meter?

I want something to help troubleshoot poor radio transmission issues and found one thread that recommended the MFJ-812B but it is not designed for the VHF frequency range in our radios (108-136MHz).

I'm looking at the MFJ-874 and it is designed for HF/VHF/UHF but quite a bit more expensive than the one Gil recommended.

Any other recommendations from the fleet?
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:55 AM
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MFJ-844, or one of the many similar and less expensive models... like this one. If it's designed for VHF, it will probably be fine at airband frequencies. If you want to get really fancy, the MFJ-259 can tell you whatever you want to know about your antenna and coax.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:08 AM
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Default MJF-259

I have used the MJF-259. It is more expensive but will do just about everything I want in both aviation and amateur radio.
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Thanks, Dale. I see the 844 specified frequency ranges 140-150, 430-450MHz

Will this also work in the 108-136 range? The 259 is very nice but more than I'd like to spend at the moment (~$100).
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:37 AM
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I use a Workman Model 104 with a couple of BNC male to PL259 adapters. Cheap and works great.

If you're not experienced with coax connectors, or don't want to buy the tools to make nice "low-loss" connectors on RG-400, Aircraft Spruce will sell you custom made coax for your radios. Definitely worth the price!
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:40 AM
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Thanks, Dale. I see the 844 specified frequency ranges 140-150, 430-450MHz

Will this also work in the 108-136 range? The 259 is very nice but more than I'd like to spend at the moment (~$100).
I'd be very, very surprised if it didn't.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:51 AM
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Smile Good old thread

Amazing a link in one of my threads from 10 years ago to a product that still exists and is still $39.

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Produc...uctid=MFJ-812B

The unit I linked to is marketed for the 144 and 22 MHz bands, but the data sheet says it will work down to 21 MHz with reduced sensitivity.

It will have no problem at our aircraft frequencies that are around 120 MHz.

It also appears the front panel marking has changed a bit and is now labelled 114-220 MHz, definitely suitable for aircraft antennae.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:36 AM
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Thanks all. I plan to try a few of these low cost units until I can splurge for a Rig Expert Antenna Analyzer, which are pricey but fantastic units.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:09 PM
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Thanks all. I plan to try a few of these low cost units until I can splurge for a Rig Expert Antenna Analyzer, which are pricey but fantastic units.
If you are skilled at soldering you can build a clone VNA for not much money:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PCB-for-buil...kAAOSwcLxYFNvQ
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