Post by Brian Reay
I have 5 Thruline watt-meters by the Bird Electronic Corporation I'd
like to sell or at least find out their true worth.
It depends on the model.
The basic ones, without the PEP function, tend to go for perhaps
£100-Â£125 depending on condition.
With the PEP function, £150 +
Elements, typically £30 each.
If you've got clean one in a case with a good selection of elements, you
may get a better price.
As for testing, they tend to be pretty tough. I'd suggest just trying
them on a radio which you know the power of and, if they seem to be
within 10%, they should be OK- assuming you can't compare them against
At one time, Bird meters were considered the 'gold standard' but, these
days, people tend to buy one of the Japanese meters. I may be worth
trying one of the more specialist groups frequented by the homebrew types.
A Class A could probably get within 10 percent by using a couple of
light bulbs, a sheet of paper, and some minor bits and pieces. Class
B/M3 types seem to need expensive equipment to get a similar result.
"RSGBTech is meant for everyone", or so the RSGB says. The group is
ensure that the questions are on topic', but the group's own admissions
(a pre-) 'vet', 'known', 'trouble', and 'maker', but not the vetting
policy! None of these are
'moderation' issues and none are mentioned in the RSGB's Guidelines.....