Re: [FT897] Re: Familiarlty with the SuperAntenna MP1D?
- I do agree with you, that a ham station can utilize many tools;
oscilloscope, antenna analyzer, grid dip meter, and many many more.
Unfortunately, I have always lived at the ragged edge of being broke, and
have managed to live a fairly long and happy life that way. I have only
ever had the $$$ to spend on the basics, a rig, a home made antenna, and
little else. Getting on the air has never been a problem for me, and I have
never been able to go the "whole hog" and buy all the tools many others
I think we have to teach young and broke hams to "make do". Many an "old
timer" built breadboarded rigs without any test equipment, and had good
signals. I have even seen some of these "homebrew" rigs.
I think an antenna analyzer is a fine tool, I just cannot afford one. If
you can, you will likely have a far better signal than mine. Of course,
that is not hard to do (hihi!)
On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM, n2znc <burbanog@...> wrote:
> Partially correct if you want to risk your radio. Antenna analyzers do
> more than simply tell you the swr on an antenna. If there is a problem with
> your antenna, you wont really know, unless you happen to see the power
> output decrease on your radio. Since most modern radios will automatically
> cut power down when there is a significant mismatch.
> The 950 has a nice built-in tuner, but there are limitations to it and a
> wide range tuner is always better to protect your radio. An analyzer is
> great for those of us that like to built antennas, especially when you
> start messing with complicated beams.
> So its a tool, just like a multimeter or any other tool. Personally its
> another tool that should be part of your arsenal and learning how to use it
> is a great thing.
> Also measuring power output and swr using the radio meter isnt very
> accurate at all. Just like using the radio voltage meter isnt accurate
> --- In FT897@yahoogroups.com, Alex Netherton <anetherton@...> wrote:
> > I see antenna analyzers as an unnecessary cost, as I have for most of my
> > life been chronically short of funds. A properly designed antenna should
> > work acceptably without analysis IMHO.
> > I got my 950 a week ago, threw up a wire, and have been making dozens of
> > contacts since.
> > Just get on the air and tune for lowest SWR.
> > KC4BO
> > On May 14, 2013 5:35 PM, "ericbnyc" <ericbnyc@...> wrote:
> > > **
> > >
> > >
> > > Is anyone familiar with the Superantenna Mp1d with the 897D in a mobile
> > > scenario? It was recommended to me by a salesperson at Ham Radio
> Outlet as
> > > a good cross between function and cost. I've seen some eham.comcomments
> > > and a couple of Youtube videos and it looks like an acceptable starter
> > > antenna for me. I would be buying it with hope of being able to use it
> > > without nece3ssarily buying an antenna analyzer just yet - I'm trying
> > > split up some of the purchases of a first rig into a couple of
> > > months to spread out the expenses.
> > >
> > >
> > >
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