[amsat-bb] Antenna SWR question

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Thu Jun 13 18:47:17 UTC 2019

I've been having trouble getting into the FM satellites lately. It's the
same rig I've been using for a couple of years and I have not had
problems before. I bought a digital meter to measure power out from the
handhelds and to measure SWR on the antennas. According to the meter I'm
getting 4.9 W out of the handhelds, which is expected. For SWR I've got
values of 1.7 at 70 cm and 2.0 at 2 m. The antenna is an Arrow. 

Are those acceptable SWR values? Should I try to get them lower? Can you
even adjust the tuning on an Arrow antenna? 

Steve AI9IN

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