03-13-2019, 01:54 PM
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
SWR Meter has me scratching my head
So, I had my 4x4 shop permanently install my CB radio while they were doing some other work for me. Got home, grabbed my little Workman SWR-2T SWR meter, and did a quick reading on my SWR right outside my house just to see what it said, and it came back with really good SWR Readings, so I was happy.
However, I know the advice is to try to typically test it in a more "open" environment, so the next day, drove to a park in my neighborhood, and did the test again, and the needle is not moving at all. just dead.
Does this make sense to anyone? Did my SWR Meter just simply die overnight? or is there a better explanation for this where my first readings were flawed and impacted by my environment, and the lack of readings is my reality? And what would cause me to get no movement on the needle? The radio is working, I am picking up transmissions from other users, but haven't tried to send anything because I don't want to damage my equipment if my SWR is actually really bad.
any thoughts would be appreciated. Don't know if this info matters at all, but when they ran the wiring to power it, they wired it to my ignition so that the radio would turn off when my ignition turns off. I am going to have them change that out though, because I am getting a lot of electrical interference from it, such as, when I go in reverse, the amount of static and the volume of the static goes up as opposed to when I am in forward, neutral, or park.
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