Everything You Need to Know About Choosing an Antenna Analyser or Other Ham Radio Equipment
The right antenna analyser helps you to find the incoming transmissions and to choose the right channel for your outgoing broadcasts. On eBay, you’ll find that there are many different types and styles of analysers for amateur radio antennas. While shopping on eBay, choose from an affordable new or used antenna analyser with different features for your ham radio activities.What are some of the features of an antenna analyser?
Some of the features of the new and used analysers on eBay include:
- Liquid crystal display - The analysers may have a liquid crystal display that shows the tuning of the antenna.
- Backlit - The display is backlit so that you can read the needle or the digits for the tuning of the dipoles.
- Bluetooth compatible - The analyser uses Bluetooth to transmit the data to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- With app - Some analyser models have their own app so that you can track the tuning of the antenna or set up your other equipment.
- External power - Some analysers accept external power with a jack.
The available types of affordable antenna analyser systems on eBay include:
- Handheld and portable - These units are designed to be carried with you, and they are powered by a small battery.
- Graphic - These work with computers and are typically used at a base station for ham radio.
- Wired - These work with a mobile or base station unit and connect to it with wires or cords.
The analysers operate on high frequency and very high frequency amateur radio bands. The high frequency bands are just above the AM bands, and range from 3 to 30 MHz. The very high frequency bands have a range of 30 MHz to 300 MHz. The very high frequency bands are at the low end of practical use for amateur radio enthusiasts.How do you choose an antenna analyser for amateur radio?
When you are shopping for an analyser for amateur or ham radio on eBay, consider its:
- Brand - Some options include AEA, LDG, and MFJ. There are also unbranded antenna analysers available on eBay.
- Type - Choose wired-in or plug-in units.
- Compatibility - Choose an antenna analyser for a base station, vehicle, or portable amateur radio.
- Condition - Choose from new, used, and manufacturer's refurbished products.