[amsat-bb] Problems with my Arrow

Rolf Krogstad rolf.krogstad at gmail.com
Sat Apr 1 00:43:05 UTC 2017

If you can borrow a vhf/uhf watt meter you could get a better reading of
the swr.
Anything over 2.5 to 1 will cause the protection circuits to roll back the
power output.  You could then compare that with the published specs for the
That would verify if you have a problem or not

Rolf NR0T

On Mar 31, 2017 7:27 PM, "Ken Alexander" <k.alexander at rogers.com> wrote:

> 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,
> Ken
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