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Re: [Amps] Bird 43P Stopped Working

To: Jay Sturtevant <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Bird 43P Stopped Working
From: John Bodine <>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2020 14:43:39 -0500
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Hi Jay,

  I have had the same problem with a few Birds; 43 and others. The usual
thing was the tabs in the line section are not making contact. I got brave
and sort of bent them a very little bit so when the slug was reinserted the
tabs made contact with the slug again. It's a good job for a jeweler with a
very light touch. lol. Good luck.

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 2:03 PM Jay Sturtevant <> wrote:

> Hello,
> My Bird 43P has been in line for about 5 years on a shelf above an amp. I
> keep a Bird 2500 H slug in the meter and rarely rotate it to look at
> reflected power.
> Yesterday the Bird 43P indicated only about 120 watts forward and zero
> power in reverse. I usually have about a 1000 watts forward and a needle's
> width in reverse. I do not put a lower power slug in the 43P to measure
> reflected power unless I notice a problem, however, yesterday I tried a
> 250H slug after lowering the drive to the amp - - zero F, Zero R.
> I removed my Bird 43P and replaced it with a Bird 43. I used the same 2500H
> slug that was in my 43P, and again, 1050 watts F. and a needle's width in
> Reflected.
> I rarely use the peak reading function of the 43P, so there are no nine
> volt batteries in the meter, however, I cycled the Average/Peak switch a
> number of times- - made no difference.
> I think the slug contact in the line section may be at fault, or maybe the
> coaxial pigtail.
> I'd really appreciate you suggestions!
> Thanks!
> Jay, K2ZT
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