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 0-30MHZ RF Power Measurement:
 

Dual Channel LCD SWR Meter By I2TZK, K7SFN & VU2FD

 

Project by:

Antonio Alfinito / I2TZK

Frank Dziurda / K7SFN 

Dinesh Gajjar / VU2FD

 

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Measuring SWR at HF from 1MHZ to 30MHZ  was always a concern to radio amateurs. Thousands of radio amateur run their station without an SWR Meter, not knowing what is happening between their TX and Ant.

SWR Meters of Analog variety are planty, although, not very economical. LCD meters are more expensive, crossing a range of over $200 or more.  

Project & Firmware for Dual channel LCD SWR Meter presented here is exclusively developed by Antonio Alfinito / I2TZK for the ham community. Project meet many simple task using a PIC16F877A micro controller. 

A PC Software and Bootloaded Firmware is provided free of charge for the ham community. Purpose is to encourage radio amateurs to build their own SWR Meter at a low price.  

 

I2TZK PC Software / PIC Firmware achieved following design task:  

Simple single Micro Controller with built-in A/D converter (PIC16F877A)
 
Interchangeable HF Simple, HF Dual Scale and a 144MHZ RF Bridges
 
CPU Unit has:
 
2 x 16 LCD with Back light control  
 
Stable Reference voltage.
 
D9 Connectors for Bridge
 
SWR, FWD, POWER and Actual Power to antenna   calculations/Display.  
 
Bargraph mode for SWR & Forward Power  
 
Simple detection of the port where the LCD Unit is connected.
 
Graphic interface to display data read from the LCD Unit: Digital and Analog Meter, Compact and Test window.
 
Emulate the buttons of the LCD Unit and send relevant commands to switch the unit to any operative mode.
 
Configure the computational parameters of the LCD Unit (CPU)
  
Collect data for statistical analysis
 
   
PC Software & Data-logger views:
 
Software V2.01  

 

 
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Project Bases:

Project is developed on two double-sided PTH board. The first one is CPU board where LCD, Regulator and Back Light Controllers are located. This board receives pure DC level from sensor (Bridge) board for calculation & display.

The second board is RF Bridge, where power from your transceiver comes in and goes out to antenna. Varity of Bridges are offered. Please refer to capability of each Bridge in related documents.

SO239 types of connectors are used but Type N may be offered as an option.  

Kit is intended for experienced Radio Amateurs. 

Although, rated at 100W HF, this meter & bridge works very well at a KW  or two, on all bands. Readings were very accurate compared to commercial SWR Meter. 

A simple powder coated case for CPU and bridges (HF Simple, Dual scale & VHF) are now available and offered free of charge with kit or assembled. 

Powder Coated Metal Case for HF Simple, Dual Scale and VHF Bridges 

Dual Channel LCD RF Power Meter CPU Unit:
 

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HF Simple Bridge:

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HF Dual Scale Bridge:

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Schematics, Tech Details & Parts List:

        

SWM2-CPU Tech Info Doc. 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document
    
SWM2-CPU Schematic & Parts List 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

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HF Simple Bridge Schematic & Parts List 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document
     
HF Dual Scale Bridge Schematic & Parts List 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document
144MHZ / VHF Bridge Schematic & Parts List

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document


Firmware & PC Software Documentation V2.02 by Tony / I2TZK

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

    
Calibration procedure for HF Bridge by Frank/K7SFN

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

 

Must Read: A very nice setup doc by an experienced user/kit builder

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

 
Review by Camradio Group

  
Pictures of Completed SWM2 by DL7WA

Better than what I make!!

  

 

 PC Software and other Downloads
  
I2TZK Web Site

     
I2TZK PC Software for Dual Channel SWR Meter  V2.01

 
PIC16F877A Firmware V2.01 (Full & Update)

SWM2 CW Test on Youtube

 
Previous Version 1.10 Software, Firmware and update guide

  
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