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General Category => Antennas => Topic started by: gil on November 13, 2016, 07:18:57 PM

Title: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on November 13, 2016, 07:18:57 PM
Let's start with calibration...


Gil.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: cockpitbob on November 13, 2016, 09:00:50 PM
Gil, looks interesting.  I eagerly await your additional reviews.  The eBay descriptions don't say much about it, but it looks small and light enough for trail use assuming it doesn't need to be connected to a computer to work.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on November 14, 2016, 06:08:38 AM
Hi Bob, you can use it without a computer, even scan a band for the resonant frequency. Here is the review:


Gil.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: cockpitbob on November 14, 2016, 09:17:49 AM
Nice!  I'm not quite ready to dump my old MFJ-259, but I'm having a hard time resisting buying an MR100!
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on November 14, 2016, 09:57:33 AM
I almost bought an MFJ-226, but the price of the MR100 was too tempting. I use UHF here more than VHF, so I really would like the RigExpert AA-600... When I can save a bit of money maybe...

Gil.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: cockpitbob on November 14, 2016, 10:03:37 AM
Yeah, my MFJ-259 will do VHF antennas, and though I don't do much with them I guess I'll hang on to it for that.  But especially for multi-band antennas like your Windom, that scanning-plotting feature of the MR100 is great!
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: cockpitbob on January 11, 2017, 09:40:49 AM
Gil, I was cruising around Banggood.com looking for the MR100 and came across there SARK100
http://www.banggood.com/SARK100-1-60-Mhz-ANT-SWR-Antenna-Analyzer-Meter-Tester-for-Ham-Radio-Hobbists-p-1117315.html?rmmds=search

Judging by what I can see on the outside, it looks like it may be the same electronics re-packaged.  The specs look the same.  The cost is about the same, but it's in a real case(rather have BNC though) with internal battery pack(I think).  What do you think?  Same thing in different package?

I would almost not want it because I wouldn't get to build it lol.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on January 11, 2017, 11:00:02 AM
Indeed it is the same and uses the same software..

Gil
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: caulktel on May 12, 2017, 01:12:51 PM
Hey Gil,

I have the MR100 also and have had good success with mine. In your video review you said you would post the graphing software somewhere? In any case I cant seem to find it. Also, my power switch is down in the right bottom side of the tester, where yours is on top I noticed, otherwise everything seems to be the same.

Joel
N6ALT
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on May 12, 2017, 04:37:43 PM
Hello Joel. I did post it somewhere here... Do a search on MR100... If you can't find it I'll look around...

Gil.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: caulktel on May 12, 2017, 10:03:51 PM
Found it, thanks.

Joel
N6ALT
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: N1KTJ on June 01, 2017, 01:47:49 PM
How does this compare to a simple SWR power meter?


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Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: Jon_Garfio on June 03, 2017, 09:09:18 AM
Gil, thanks for share this analyzer, perhaps this model is more cheaper than Sark100 (box increase the price, I supose)and both are the same device, more or less.

I bought a Sark100 past month but I afraid the parcel is lost...

We live in a great moment to buy chinese rigs and electronic gadgets very very cheaps, when I started with radio in 1992 the gear was very expensive.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: gil on June 03, 2017, 10:36:21 AM
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How does this compare to a simple SWR power meter?

Very favorably, as it can be used as a simple SWR meter, as well as to scan a whole band or the whole of HF! It will also find the resonant frequency of your antenna.

Jon, I think the Chinese will keep surprising us...

Gil.
Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: N1KTJ on August 06, 2017, 03:33:02 PM
It's $50 on eBay now. There is some good shift ware available also for $5 on eBay.


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Title: Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: cockpitbob on August 22, 2017, 10:37:36 AM
It's $50 on eBay now. There is some good shift ware available also for $5 on eBay.


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Wow things are getting cheap.  Now Gil's kit is $45 on eBay, or you can get it in a really nice aluminum case for $65.
Title: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
Post by: N1KTJ on September 17, 2017, 04:41:52 AM
Looking on eBay. The kits being sold do not have any internal battery. So you need to rig up a battery cable for 12v or put together an eight AAA cell holder. Can't find any with an aluminum case on eBay.  Think I would spend $30 more fir a total of $80 if it had a metal case and battery. But so far not finding that.


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