SWR meter suitable for Flex 1500?

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I'm trying to find a suitable SWR meter for use with my Flex 1500.  There seem to be an awful lot of terrible meters out there, and not many suitable for QRP operation.  I've already been through two: one got sent back the same day for being completely dead on arrival, and the other was rejected for giving random and erratic readings both for power and for SWR.

What are people using with the 1500?  Ideally I don't want to spend too much money :)
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Ian Chard

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Bill -VA3WTB

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You could use the BobsMeter, a software meter that run on top of the screen. By Wood Box.
http://www.woodboxradio.com/uk/BobMeters.html
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Joseph W Gardiner

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They work great
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Steven Hess

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The 1500 lacks the metering circuitry the 3000 and 5000 have. You have to run an outboard meter.  

Cheap and accurate can't be had in a QRP meter. I've tried. I finally settled on an Oak Hills Research WM-2 QRP wattmeter. http://www.ohr.com/wattmeter.htm   I ended up with two. One for my 1500 and one for my 817. 
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In my opinion one of the best SWR/Wattmeters available is the Telepost LP-100A, which is spec’d to measure down to .05W with the 3kw coupler: 

http://www.telepostinc.com/lp100.html

Larry Phipps the owner of Telepost is very responsive to questions. 
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Hi Ian, depending on your budget I wonder if you've considered an LP100A from telepostinc. I have one, it's excellent, reliable & can be remoted over a com port with their simple software. It' well built and can be used to characterise your antenna system a little like an antenna analyser too. The standard coupler goes from 1W to 3kW but if you want to be more QRP (and/or QRO) they do an extended range which includes 100mW to 5kW. I know they do a more recent model but I think the 100A is a good meter for the money. Accuracy around 5%. Hope this helps. Specs at:


http://www.telepostinc.com/lp100.html

Apologies for repeating the previous post which wasn't there when I started my reply.
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Paul, I’ve got Larry’s “most recent model” on order, and am looking forward to it almost as much as I did my Maestro:  

http://www.telepostinc.com/LP-500.html

But I agree that the LP-100A is a great meter for the money – best one I currently have for sure! 

Howard
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Thanks so much -- the LP-100A does look like a tasty bit of kit, and I do particularly like the USB interface as I'm doing remote operation.  However I'm still reeling from the setup costs so far (I'm starting my station from scratch) so perhaps it'll be an xmas present to myself!