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Call Sign : 108 ct 302 - mm0ibe Posts : 261 Times Thanked : 18 Join date : 2019-07-20 QTH or Location : Prestonpans. East Lothian Equipment Used : SS9900 Age : 54
Subject: Re: Rig Identification. Sun Sep 05, 2021 4:33 pm
Great little set but you might need a larger antenna to hear anything. Depends if it's busy in your area.
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Subject: Re: Rig Identification. Sun Sep 05, 2021 4:53 pm
Hi Martin, It looks like a 340, and its badged 27/81 which means it should be the 40 UK FM Channels, best to listen on 19 if you can get a big antenna outside? I know you are restricted, but just get something outside which should improve your RX. when you can try TX it should be 4 watts out if its not been messed with! Cheers Tony
... Is there another way of checking an Antenna without an SWR meter ?
Yes, how much do you want to spend? There's a nanovna for several tens of pounds or antenna analysers for several hundred. But tbh an SWR meter is the cheapest and easiest way, you should be able to pick up a second hand one cheap enough.
For your needs though, just to test, as long as the aerial is about right it doesn't matter what the SWR is for receiving, it's only important for transmit. A dipole is easy to make out of spare wire for next to nothing. You could just get an aerial up as high as you can and have a listen, at least you'll know if there's any activity, and if there is, then spend a bit more. If not save your hard earned.
But just for receiving, the type of coax isn't that important either, 75 ohm TV coax will work well enough just for an earwig. And hanging it from an upstairs window wouldn't hurt either, it doesn't need to be fancy or perfect by any means, just vertical for local contacts.