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  • Tech Specs from my Test Equip posted here

    posted by halfrecycled on 08/18/2011
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    SMA-Male adapter for an antenna on the radio.
    SMA-Female adapter on the antenna.

    Cons:

    The charger doesn't really behave itself. It seems to blink red on a charged battery, but does charge batteries when they are less than half charged.
    I measured the power output with a Diamond Antenna brand SX-1000 SWR & Power Meter.
    Low power is 0.25 watts PEP.
    Medium power is 1.5 watts PEP.
    High power is 4.0 watts PEP.
    All these were measured at 146.280 MHz.

    OtherThoughts:

    I measured the Antenna with aMFJ-259B Antenna Analyzer.
    The lowest SWR was 1.2:1 between 143.6MHz and 146.0MHz.
    The SWR at 146.280 was 1.4:1.
    The SWR at 148.0 was 1.7:1.
    My antenna was biased towards the lower end of the 2 meter HAM band. (Your antenna might vary.)
    Please do not trim your antenna unless you have away to measure it.
    I could not test on the 70cm band, due to limitations in the my test equipment.

    Bottomline:

    This antenna is much better that I thought, but not a hand-calibrated item for US Hams.
    The radio puts out less power than is claimed.
    It's a rugged, useful handy-talkie.

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