[AMRadio] Monitoring Modulation Accurately

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Sat Nov 16 12:57:33 EST 2013

If you are going to buy the venerable Bird with slugs to work from 50 watts 
up to 5 KW and the peak reading option then consider another meter.

Take a look at the Telepostinc with his LP 100A.  It is guaranteed to 5% but 
does better and the calibration is traceable to NBS.  Both are in the $4-500 
range and you don't have to change slugs for different power ranges.

I have an LP 100 and compared it to a Bird 4411 some years back.  The slug 
for the Bird was a new one from Bird and I found the linearity of the Bird 
suffered some by comparison.  With the 4411 it is a peak meter but to get 
the true peak, you have to do some math.  I won't go back to the Bird unless 
I need something to carry up a tower and those days are past for me.

Here is some reading material about the LP 100A.  No connection to Larry, 
just a satisfied customer.  By the way, he is a ham, N8LP.



----- Original Message ----- 

> Donald Chester pointed it out pretty well hitting it on the head.
> Our Peak Reading Bird watt meters aren't going to be all that accurate. 
> Whom has taken and sent theirs back to Bird for calibration?

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