mfj-870
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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