Originally Posted by Pete7
Is there a way of testing a VHF ariel ? Red light appears on the Icom 401 ( one year old) when TX button is pressed but can't hear the Costguard or anyone else for that matter when I know they are transmitting. Suspect that the ariel might have been damaged during the replacement of the A frame.
If I put a fluke across the centre copper core and the sheath should there be a circuit or not ?
VSWR meter is the only real way to test the antenna and radio.
This will tell you what the set is outputting and in the right hands how much of it is ging out the antenna.
Would be worth checking all the connection.
You could put a mete across the antenna plug, on ohms it should read open circuit.
But some antenna will show short circuit!! so not always that easy.
If you know a local radio Ham or a good radio man be worth getting them to have a look.
Just out of interest where are you?