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Can I use midland 23-136 swr meter to check output of 5w hand held 2m amateur radio?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: instructions for a swr meter/cb radio

An SWR meter is used to see how well your antenna is matched to your transmitter output, just like using the correct speakers with an amplifier.

There are usually two readings. FORWARD and REFLECT
or FWD and REFL

Firstly, make sure the antenna selector is in the correct position and set for the antenna you are using.

Next, switch your meter to FWD (FORWARD). Switch your transmitter to low power and press the microphone key.

Next, adjust the CAL knob for the maximum power reading, but not so far that the meter exceeds maximum!

Keep the microphone key pressed and switch to REFL (REFLECT). If your antenna is matched, the meter should now give a low reading. If the reading is very high, you must match your antenna by making adjustments or by using a matching unit.

A poor match will mean a poor signal. A very poor match can damage your transmitter and cause interference.

When you have a good FORWARD reading and a low REFLECT reading, your system will be reasonably matched and you can then use higher power. Remember that you will need to reduce the CAL knob to a lower setting when running high power.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008

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SOURCE: need frequencies covered by pyramid SWR-14 meter

it appears to be only good for the cb frequencies.... i suspect it would be too unstable for 2 metre usuage

Robert

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Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Cobra 29 SWR, cal meter

Hello there:
Rule of thumb is go by what the manual tells you. providing it is the manual that is for the radio.. that is why they make manuals for that particular radio a 1-1 to a 1-2 swr rating is really good providing you have no saturation on the internal filter. over saturation due to swr being set too high will eventually burn out the finals of a radio
i have delt with radio's for about 17 years now so i really suggest consult the users manual and always use only a authorized dealer for that particular radio just like my cobra 2000 i am not going to send it to a shop that just does radios i want a authorized cobra dealer ok i hope that this really helps ok please dont forget to give this solution a rate for me it helps me out so i can continue to help out others like yourself.
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MICHAEL

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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SOURCE: TO SETUP MY SWR, SHOULD I USE THE METER IN THE

Always use an external meter to set SWR. If the ant. warning light comes on it indicates a problem with the SWR. Check it with external meter.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenwood TS 2000X: Low HF TX power output on HF bands ONLY.

Hello, this problem is solved and how?
I have the same problem on HF and VHF 30Watt max output

1.8 MHz-20M 0-5Watt
10M 25 Watt
6M-30Watt

2M-25Watt

70cm 42Watt is ok
23cm 10Watt is ok

thanks

Tuxon7@gmail.com

Posted on Jul 18, 2011

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