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PostSubject: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSun Feb 14, 2021 7:11 am

Guys, my wife has bought me a used Luiton lt-298 from eBay as a cheap Valentines present. As I’m totally new to CB’s, can you recommend me a power supply & swr meter please?

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSun Feb 14, 2021 8:05 am

SWR meter is what it is any will do the job better than none at all unless you want to spend a lot of money on the top of the range.
Power supply for that radio just need a small 3/5 amp but if you can afford it i would get a 30amp as if you get the radio bug you will want a better radio with ssb and more power but up to you

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSun Feb 21, 2021 3:48 pm

I started with a heavy-duty car battery which I would keep changed up until I got a 30A supply which although costly I saved something picking up a good one, second hand and it connects to several radios simultaneously so is a good shack solution if you find yourself with 2 or more sets on the go.

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSun Feb 21, 2021 6:40 pm

bought myself an Inac-FC25A and i have a little Maas SPS 33 II, under 75 euro each.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeMon Jun 07, 2021 12:13 pm

Does anyone have any experience of NEVADA PSW-30 or similar (seen a few makes that are very similar if not the same)?

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeMon Jun 07, 2021 2:05 pm

Yes Bill, mine is an Alnico version of it and if it isn't made in the very same factory I will eat my hat as they say, the only visible difference on mine is it has 2 +/- inputs on the front not two.  I power several radios from it but only transmitting on one at a time and it does a grand job, especially as the HF set sucked the life out of the car battery quite quickly if the power was up at 100W.

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeMon Jun 07, 2021 3:51 pm

Alan - Mirror Man wrote:
Yes Bill, mine is an Alnico version of it and if it isn't made in the very same factory I will eat my hat as they say, the only visible difference on mine is it has 2 +/- inputs on the front not two.  I power several radios from it but only transmitting on one at a time and it does a grand job, especially as the HF set sucked the life out of the car battery quite quickly if the power was up at 100W.
Thanks for that Alan. Was thinking of getting one as I like the size of it....just finding one at the right price now lol

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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeMon Jun 07, 2021 4:13 pm

I managed to pick mine up second hand at a significantly reduced rate, only weeks after I did another chap locally was giving the hobby up and offered me his 50 amp supply for around half the retail price so they do crop up.
I think he was quite keen on getting his ticket, another local chap took him along to one of the local clubs which seems to have put him right off I am sorry to say, I put it down to a bad experience with one individual but it clearly upset him enough to have a change of heart.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSat May 21, 2022 8:47 pm

Hey everyone, I have a question. I setup a mobile radio as a base station in my home. I had an old Xbox 360 power supply kicking around so I tried it on my radio and it seems to work fine. But it only supplies 12.47v instead of the typical 13.8v (Which my on-board radio diagnostic calls a “Pass”) I’m curious if this could effect my radio performance. I’ve been told my modulation is low, could this be a cause?
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSat May 21, 2022 9:21 pm

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Hey everyone,  I have a question. I setup a mobile radio as a base station in my home. I had an old Xbox 360 power supply kicking around so I tried it on my radio and it seems to work fine.  But it only supplies 12.47v instead of the typical 13.8v (Which my on-board radio diagnostic calls a “Pass”)  I’m curious if this could effect my radio performance. I’ve been told my modulation is low, could this be a cause?

Hi Jim. I know nothing about Xbox 360 PSUs, but 12.47V should be fine if the PSU is capable of suppling enough current. Does it say on it what the amperage is?

Some switch mode PSUs designed to run computers can be used effectively to run rigs.. I use one, and mine runs at 12.1V. But some can't, e.g. if they don't kick out enough current, not smooth enough, or not filtered enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Advice on power supply & swr meter   Advice on power supply & swr meter Icon_minitimeSun May 22, 2022 7:35 am

As said it's the Amp's that could be very low on that psu.
Better with a psu made for the job or a car battery.
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