Ham Radio Basics: Why You Need a SWR Meter

An SWR meter is one of the best investments you can make if you’re a ham radio operator. It’s something you invest in and use for decades as you buy new antennas over the years. Don’t cheap out on what you get, it’s worth it to buy a quality meter. It will serve you well for many years.

In this video, I talk about what SWR is and what is considered a good SWR for your ham radio. Then, I dive in and show you a current SWR issue I’m having with my Diamond X300 I recently put in the air.

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0:40 – Overview of SWR Meter
1:42 – Overview of a dummy load
2:37 – What is SWR?
3:40 – Why you should care about SWR readings
4:08 – What is the perfect SWR reading?
4:57 – What causes a high SWR reading?
6:03 – Testing my Diamond X300 antenna

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