Author Topic: Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter  (Read 4070 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

idial1911

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1164
  • Karma: 67
  • Gender: Male
  • Extra Class and VE
Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:05:44 AM »
So I took some pictures during the build process. This kit was easy, it was basically 2 circuit boards, and the outer shell. Nothing to really hook up except to slide the front over a connector. The LED's were pre mounted. I could of put it together in 20 minutes if I had to do it again, the longest part was getting the paint off the contact points seeing as I didn't have a dremel.

This is a pic of the main board, with the front already mounted on. At this point all I've done is connect the two main boards together using the connector and put the bottom of the shell on the bottom:




You can see also in the top of the pic. I stole some of the wives muffin pans to store parts. I highly recommend this as it keeps them secure, and allows you to sort out all the nuts and bolts.

Next is a closer view of the unit, now with the front part of the shell on it. You can also see where I had to scrape the paint off the contact points for better electrical connection.



Here is a picture of the front, from the front.



Screw the tops and side on.. and it's done.. It was a quick and easy kit build!!



and the front face fully assembled:




I will post a review of the product, as well as show the firmware update process once I get everything built.  This SWR bridge/watt meter can be connected to just about any radio. It's really well designed. I am looking forward to testing it out once the rest of the gear is built.

On a 1-10 scale of difficulty I give this one a 3. It was very easy, straightforward and really went together quickly. The documentation from elecraft was superb.

Also of note this can be hooked into a PC and read from a computer program to show you what you the device is detecting as well. Very handy!

For more information from the vendor on this product go here:
http://www.elecraft.com/manual/W2%20Data%20Sheet%20rev%204sm.pdf

Price 229$ Kit or 289$ assembled.
The more I learn, the less I know.

Tex

  • Good friends are hard to come by. Treat'em that way.
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Karma: 36
  • Gender: Male
  • Need a horse?
    • Wyoming: where the men are men and the women are too
Re: Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 09:12:36 AM »
Congrats on the build. That is interesting and cool. I hope to be able to get into some kit builds later on. Let us know how it works.

Tex
You big'uns line up, and you little'uns bunch up. It's about to get western.

DSB

  • Mr. Personality
  • Global Moderator
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 139
  • Karma: 7
  • Gender: Male
  • General Class
Re: Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 12:54:53 PM »
much better that the pics of the boxes!  ;D
DSB

n1ic

  • New Site Member
  • *
  • Posts: 14
  • Karma: 0
  • Gender: Male
Re: Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 07:32:49 PM »

XJP5

  • Global Moderator
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 179
  • Karma: 11
  • Gender: Male
  • Extra Class Operator
Re: Building the Elecraft w2 swr bridge/Watt Meter
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013, 08:33:45 PM »
Nice hardware!  Can't wait to hear the followup report.