I have always been a bit confused about antenna tuners. I contend that it is a
box inserted into a feedline to fool the transmitter or amplifier into think
it is feeding power into a "perfect" load. There are other theories. This is
not the point of my question.
I place my SWR/power meter after my tuner and tune for minumum reflected power
indicated on the meter. This makes the amp think it is seeing a very good load.
Or, if the amp is not on, the transceiver sees a good load.
I recently saw a couple of diagrams that placed the SWR meter prior to the
antenna tuner. I don't remember what the articles were about but it has
bothered me ever since I saw them.
Is this an accepted method of SWR measurement? Can it indicate a properly tuned
antenna/feedline? Or was it a drawing error?
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