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Postby pa38 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:17 am

I am looking to buy a feq counter, & looking for recommendations or ones to avoid...
Looking for one that will display freq from a reasonable distance, don’t need Sub tones so a basic one will do.
Any ideas???
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Re: Frequency counter

Postby m0lsx » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:03 pm

Very few frequency counters do DCS/CTCSS, also be aware that most frequency counters do not handle digital signals very well, if at all & especially so if they do not have an adjustable time gate. As without that adjust-ability, they almost certainly have a long time gate & that means digital ability is not normally very good & probably non existent.
I have a Watson, it has several different gates, so I can set it to the level of accuracy that I want. The shorter the gate, the less accurate. Watsons, I believe, are no longer made, possibly due to the fact that Waters & Stantons no longer exist as a independent company now. They were brought out by Nevada. But Watsons are still available from time to time second hand, but be aware that battery packs are no longer available for these, so you will need to make one up, not that this is hard work.
My Watson, must be almost 30 years old now, it is on it's third or fourth battery pack & it's still going strong.
But to be honest, if all you want to do is find a frequency from a distance, then a Uniden UBC-125XLT at around £130 is probably going to be cheaper than a reasonable priced new frequency counter.
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Re: Frequency counter

Postby Minus1 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:43 am

An Uniden scaner with close call, will do the same job and lots more besides.
I reserve the right to ignore people who have made no attempt to the read the manual, and expect others to do it for them.
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