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How To Use A SWR Meter To Test Antenna Standing Wave Ratio (SWR)

Posted by Bill Dick on

How To Use A SWR Meter To Test Antenna Standing Wave Ratio (SWR)

A SWR (short for “standing wave ratio”) meter is a calibration tool used to measure the standing wave ratio of a two way radio, a type of short-distance radio system that allows users to communicate over a limited number of channels. Amateur Ham Radio and CB Radio are good examples of consumer radios that should be tested for SWR. Knowing how to find your radio's SWR value is important, as it allows you to adjust the antenna for optimal reception. To run a test, simply connect your radio’s coaxial and antenna cables to the indicated ports on the meter. When...

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