[TowerTalk] Antenna Analyzers

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Thu Jun 6 16:30:11 EDT 2019

On 6/6/2019 12:03 PM, Wes wrote:
> The FA-VA5 is nice, can be read in sunlight, but suffers, IMHO, by a 
> cumbersome interface.  Running something this capable with three push 
> buttons is a stretch.  This can also be used as a "front-end" to the 
> DG8SAQ VNWA software which is extremely powerful, remarkably free and 
> can be run on a Windows tablet in the field.

Agreed on all counts, although once you get used to the UI it's OK. I've 
used it in the field about ten times, and the more you use it, the 
better the UI feels. Mostly I use it with a computer running DG8SAQ 

As to battery life -- it's still running on the AA Duracells that I 
installed when I built it about six months ago. It runs on battery only 
when not attached to the computer, and battery life can be extended by 
turning off the display backlight. And, as noted, the display is easy to 
read in daylight without a backlight.

73, Jim K9YC

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