Everything You Need to Know About Choosing an Antenna Analyzer or Other Ham Radio Equipment
The right antenna analyzer helps you to find the incoming transmissions and to choose the right channel for your outgoing broadcasts. On eBay, youll find that there are many different types and styles of analyzers for amateur radio antennas. While shopping on eBay, choose from an affordable new or used antenna analyzer with different features for your ham radio activities.What are some of the features of an antenna analyzer?
Some of the features of the new and used analyzers on eBay include:
- Liquid crystal display - The analyzers 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 analyzer uses Bluetooth to transmit the data to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- With app - Some analyzer models have their own app so that you can track the tuning of the antenna or set up your other equipment.
- External power - Some analyzers accept external power with a jack.
The available types of affordable antenna analyzer 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 analyzers 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 analyzer for amateur radio?
When you are shopping for an analyzer for amateur or ham radio on eBay, consider its:
- Brand - Some options include AEA, LDG, and MFJ. There are also unbranded antenna analyzers available on eBay.
- Type - Choose wired-in or plug-in units.
- Compatibility - Choose an antenna analyzer for a base station, vehicle, or portable amateur radio.
- Condition - Choose from new, used, and manufacturers refurbished products.