[amsat-bb] Problems with my Arrow

Ken Alexander k.alexander at rogers.com
Sat Apr 1 00:24:11 UTC 2017

I just checked the SWR using my FT-817ND's built in meter.  I connected 
directly from the 817 to the appropriate connector on the Arrow.

At 435 MHz the SWR meter shows 5 bars, which doesn't sound good to me.

At 145 MHz I get a very brief indication of 6(?) bars and then the the 
bars immediately disappear.  This sounds to me like a protection circuit 
engaging, and subsequent presses of the mic button produces no output.  
It also explains why I practically never get into SO-50.

The FT-817 manual is silent on the meaning of the bars on the SWR 
meter.  Does anybody have an knowledge of the 817's SWR meter that they 
could pass along to me?  Any assistance would be very gratefully received!

Many thanks in advance,


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