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Field Strength Meter by ZS1JHG

Circuit Diagram for a simple Field Strength Meter from Test Equipment for the Radio Amateur by Clive Smith G4FZH

The diode must be a point contact germanium diode such as an OA90, OA96,1N34,1N60 The last two types normally having two red or green rings on the diode Schottky diodes such as the BAT85 will also work but not as well as the germanium. Diodes with a low forward voltage drop are a requirement for use at low power levels. The meter I used was a 100uA unit and this is handy for relative percentage readings. I built my FSM into an aluminium box and connected all components using point to point wiring to minimise lead length. To do this the meter, sensitivity pot and antenna socket need to be as close together as possible. If you only have a lower value resistor pot this can be used but your sensitivity settings will be more twitchy. The commercial unit in the photo only has a 10k pot and this makes it difficult to set to a fixed relative dial reading of say 40 . I used an antenna socket so that the antenna can be removed for storage/transport. An RCA socket and plug make an easy combination to build a suitable antenna.

If you do not have a used telescopic whip than a loop as I have used will work well. If you do not have a suitable meter then you can use your multimeter, set to the Volts range at a low value 1000mV or so and fit sockets to the FSM for connection to your multimeter Your FSM will come in handy for relative field strength measurements at a given frequency. A test instrument for setting up your mobile HF antenna for maximum radiated power. Also can be used for checking for RF feedback on your feedline or general RF radiation monitoring in the Shack.

I built four of these FSM units before the final version which performs as well as the commercial unit. So stick to point contact germanium diodes and direct short wiring of your components for best results.