[AMRadio] watt meter

ronnie.hull ronnie.hull at glowbugs.com
Wed Mar 1 19:34:54 EST 2006

I recently got a couple of new slugs for my Bird 43. I checked 3 other
wattmeters in my shack, a drake, a kenwood and a halfbreed, and NONE of them
were accurate. One was 45 watts off!!

Bird...   there simply is no substitute!

de w5sum

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From: Rick Brashear <rickbras at airmail.net>
To: Discussion of AM Radio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 15:36:38 -0600
Subject: Re: [AMRadio]  watt meter

> Try W7RF, Radiodan, at the link below.  I personally like Bird 
> meters and he has a good assortment of new and used meters.  Some 
> are PEP ready or you can buy a kit (either original Bird or a 
> knockoff) to convert a regular Model 43 to PEP.  They are designed 
> for continuous duty and you can get any wattage slug you want from 5 
> watts up.... WAY UP!
> http://www.radiodan.com/bird/index.htm
> Hope this helps.
> Rick/K5IZ
> Brett gazdzinski wrote:
> > 
> >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
> >N2DTS
> >
> >
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