[AMRadio] watt meter

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Wed Mar 1 17:24:03 EST 2006

I have a Bird 4411 which uses one slug for 2-30 Mcy.  The meter has a switch 
that will change the power scale from 10 watts to 10K watts.

It is not a true peak meter but there is a formula that derives it in the 
book.  The 4411 is a 4410 with provisions for AC input, the 4410 is 9V 
battery powered only, I think.  The drawback to these meters is you usually 
find the meter without the slug, and the meter is expensive.  I have seen 
them at hamfests, but the slug is hard to find and very expensive.  It is 
accurate to 5% of full scale.

As for the diodes most any matched diodes would probably work.  Seems as if 
the Drake MN 2000 had 1N295 or some such.  Someone with a manual could 
check.  Get a handful of the NTE replacements and match them, they are 

73  Jim

> What is everyone doing for a watt meter?
> My swan wm-3000 blew up last weekend, it reads no pep
> and about 1/4 of the correct average power.
> I could fix it if I could find out what diodes they used (3 gone),
> and one of the little inducters broke, but it
> would not be calibrated.
> It was a good meter, 4 scales going up to 2kw, real pep
> reading, large meter, but its toast.
> Looking around, not much out there that does high continuous power,
> real pep readings, looks good, etc.
> I went to ham radio outlet in Delaware today (working close by) and
> despite waiting for almost an hour, could not get much help.
> They would not let me open a box of a daiwa meter, and I hate the cross
> needle meters anyway, they had a diamond, not true pep, but I
> could not look at that, they wont unseal a box unless you buy it.
> That and the poor service had me walk out of the store
> vowing never to buy anything from them, ever.
> Some web searching turns up CB type meters, not good at lower
> frequencies, or discontinued units.
> Nye viking used to make a good one, but not anymore.
> The 813 rig can do well over the 1500 watt pep level,
> well over 2000 watts pep with the neg cycle loading
> deck hooked up, so I need something good for the power.
> MFJ makes one, but the manual shows its only good for
> 500 watts 100% duty cycle, 600 or 700 watts of carrier means
> 90 second transmissions (how cheap that mfj stuff is).
> Not much on ebay but old heathket meters...
> Brett

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