Saturday, June 29, 2013

Daiwa CN-801 HP

I've been in need of a decent meter for some time for HF.  I had been looking at a few and decided on the CN-801.  I put it inline and it seems to be accurate enough.  I have noticed that with a carrier it reads a bit higher on PEP than what it shows for AVG power.  I don't have a bird element to compare against.  The cross needle SWR reading matches what the rig shows for SWR, so it can't be too far off can it?

I like the large meter face and look of the unit.  The back lighting is a nice bright blue/white LED scheme.  The meter has two switches on the rear for PEP hold and turning the lighting on or off.  The only controls on the front are for PEP/AVG modes and to select ranges 20W/200W/2KW.

I don't have any complaints with the meter, but the error in reading between avg and pep makes me question things a bit.  I needed something to watch to load my LK-500 and this fits the bill nicely.  I don't know of any other 2KW true peak reading meter that covers HF-2m on the market for $150 shipped to the door....