MFJ Enterprises, Inc. 300 Industrial Park Rd Starkville, MS 39759 USA MFJ-870 SWR & Power Meter Instruction Manual This SWR & Power meter is a highly accurate RF meter for measuring Forward Power, Reflected Power, and VSWR. Main Features: • Large meter display for easy reading. • Forward RF power readings, switchable to indicate either average power of Peak Envelop Power (PEP) for SSB and AM transmitters. • Reflected RF power readings. • VSWR ratios. • Illuminated meter. • Convenient control for easy operation. Model MFJ-870 Frequency Range 1.6 - 60 MHz Power Range 1W to 3KW Power Scale 30W, 300W, 3KW Maximum Power 3KW (up to 1 minunte maximum) Accuracy +/- 10% (AVG) VSWR Min Power required = 3 Watt for F.S.D. Input/Output Impedance 50 Ohms Input/Output Connectors SO-239 Dimensions (W/H/D) in 7.5 X 4.25 X 3 Weight (lbs) 1 lb 11oz Accessories Instruction Manual & Lead wire with DC Plug Front Panel Back Panel Explanation of Features: 1. Meter Display: Indicates Forward/Reflected Power in Watts and SWR ratio. 2. Function Switch: Selects Forward Power, Reflected Power, SWR SET, and SWR. 3. Range Switch: Selects RF Power Ranges of 30W, 300W, and 3KW. 4. SWR SET Control Knob: Sets full scale deflection when measuring SWR. 5. AVG/PEP Monitor: Selects Average or PEP RF Power Readings. 6. Meter Zero adjust: Mechanical zero adjustment for meter needle. 7. TX Connector: Coax connector to transmitter 50 Ohm RF output. 8. ANT Connector: Coax connector to 50 Ohm antenna system. 9. 13.8V DC connection for meter illumination. Note: If meter lighting is required, use the DC cable enclosed and connect it to a 13.8V DC source. FORWARD POWER MEASUREMENT 1. 2. 3. Set the FUNCTION switch to the ‘FWD’ position. Set the radio transceiver to transmit and read the scale corresponding to the Power range selected (30W, 300W, or 3KW) When the AVG/PEP button is ‘out’ the meter reads average RF power. When the AVG/PEP button is depressed the meter reads Peak Envelope Power for use with SSB and AM transmissions. In this mode there will be a slow rise and decay time. REFLECTED POWER MEASUREMENT 1. 2. 3. Set the FUNCTION switch to the ‘REF’ position. Set the radio transceiver to transmit and read the scale corresponding to the Power range selected (30W, 300W, or 3KW) When the AVG/PEP button is ‘out’ the meter reads average RF power. When the AVG/PEP button is depressed the meter reads Peak Envelope Power for use with SSB and AM transmissions. In this mode there will be a slow rise and decay time. VSWR MEASUREMENT 1. 2. 3. 4. Set the FUNCTION switch to the ‘SWR SET’ position. Set the radio transceiver to transmit mode. Slowly turn the “SWR SET” Contol Knob clockwise until the meter point is at the ‘CAL t’ position. This should be full scale. Set the FUNCTION switch to the ‘SWR’ position while transmitting. The meter will now indicate the SWR ratio. CAUTION 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Since the meter movement is very sensitive, avoid excessive vibration or mechanical shock to the unit. The absolute maximum power that should be applied to the meter is 3KW. Also observe maximum power inputs of 30W and 300W when unsing the lower two ranges. The transceiver and antenna connections to the meter must never be reversed. Always observe the correct connections to the transmitter and the antenna as indicated on the back panel and in this Instruction Manual. The meter has been carefully calibrated at the factory. Tampering with any of the internal circuitry or sensors may cause damage and will degrade the accuracy of the meter. Do not expose the meter to excessive temperatures, high humidity, or strong magnetic fields. Power capability (measures short-term RF power up to 3KW): 3000 2500 2000 WATTS 1500 1000 500 0 60 70 80 90 100 150 200 600 SECONDS FULL 12 MONTH WARRANTY MFJ Enterprises, Inc. Warrants to the original owner of this product, if manufactured by MFJ Enterprises, Inc. and purchased from an authorized dealer or directly from MFJ Enterprises, Inc. to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of 12 months from date of purchase provided the following terms of this warranty are satisfied. 1. The purchaser must retain the dated proof-of-purchase (bill of sale, canceled check, credit card or money order receipt, etc.) describing the product to establish the validity of the warranty claim and submit the original of machine reproduction or such proof-of-purchase to MFJ Enterprises, Inc. at the time of warranty service. MFJ Enterprises, Inc. shall have the discretion to deny warranty without dated proof-of-purchase. Any evidence of alteration, erasure, or forgery shall be cause to void any and all warranty terms immediately. 2. MFJ Enterprises, Inc. agrees to repair or replace at MFJ’s option without charge to the original owner any defective product under warranty, provided the product is returned postage prepaid to MFJ Enterprises, Inc. with a personal check, cashiers check, or money order for $7.00 covering postage and handling. 3. MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will supply replacement parts free of charge for any MFJ product under warranty upon request. A dated proof-of-purchase and a $5.00 personal check, cashiers check, or money order must be provided to cover postage and handling. 4. This warranty is NOT void for owners who attempt to repair defective units. Technical consultation is available by calling (601) 323-5869. 5. This warranty does not apply to kits sold by or manufactured by MFJ Enterprises, Inc. 6. Wired and tested PC board products are covered by this warranty provided on the wired and tested PC board product is returned. Wired and tested PC boards installed in the owner’s cabinet or connected to switches, jacks, or cables, etc. sent to MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will be returned at the owner’s expense unrepaired. 7. Under no circumstances is MFJ Enterprises, Inc. liable for consequential damages to person property by the use of any MFJ products. 8. Out-of-warranty Service: MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will repair any out -of-warranty product provided the unit is shipped prepaid. All repaired units will be shipped COD to the owner. Repair charges will be added to the COD fee unless other arrangements are made. 9. This warranty is given in lieu of any other warranty expressed or implied. 10. MFJ Enterprises, Inc. reserves the right to make changes or improvements in design or manufacture without incurring any obligation to install such changes upon any of the products previously manufactured. 11. All MFJ products to be serviced in-warranty or out -of-warranty should be addressed to MFJ Enterprises, Inc., 300 Industrial Park Road, Starkville, Mississippi 39759, USA and must be accompanied by a letter describing the problem in detail along with a copy of your dated proof-ofpurchase. 12. This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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