Handy Mini60 SARK100 Antenna Analyzer Overview

K0PIR

I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

16 Responses

  1. John says:

    “Buyer beware” is good advice: I have purchased 2 off eBay from different sellers which were both terribly inaccurate compared to my SWR meters. One I returned the other is still on my shelf as the seller didn’t want to pay the return shipping. However, if I could find one that worked I would buy again as I can’t justify spending $300 for an instrument I only rarely need.

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi John,

      Nice to hear from you and yes, I agree. I ask about return policy beforehand and save it in an e-mail, so if I have any trouble I can forward it to E-Bay. I have never had any trouble returning bad products purchased in Amazon, but never say never right? HI!

      Take care and 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

    • John K7KB says:

      Keep in mind that many analyzers require a OSL (Open, Short, Load) calibration before they are accurate. Rich, do you know if the Mini60 allows such a calibration?

      • K0PIR says:

        Hi John,

        Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. Yes, as far as I know they can be calibrated. I would guess they are calibrated since mine works well. It works well for me and the tasks I use it for. I would not say it is spot on.

        If one purchased a Mini60 and it was not good, I would send it back and not even try to calibrate it. Just my 2 cents.

        Best Thanksgiving to you and yours. 73!

        Rich, K0PIR

  2. Tom Johnson says:

    Does it work on iPhone as well as Android do you know?

  3. Jos says:

    Jos PD0DDA,
    i bought the same but it did not work at all.(it did not charged but the led status was fully charged but it wont switched on) I got my money returned and did not have to returned the analyzer. I opened it up and i did not find any battery attached in the analyzer. does anybody know what kind of battery i need??

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Jos,
      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting. That’s great you got a refund and can keep it. Won’t it work plugged in and without a battery?

      I opened mine up and it has a battery, but no markings. If you pull the back off, you see a modular plug (2 pin) on the circuit board.

      Keep asking around, someone will know.

      Sorry I can’t help any more.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

    • Roger Beecham says:

      Hi Jos.
      Mine was the same and my money was als returned. The battery I use is a HW 752540p. Not sure if its correct but it charges ok and fits nicely

      Roger G4OQV

  4. Ivan says:

    Hi Rich,
    I buy the mini 60 in China but it come without battery and bluethoth I go to buy Usb serial and the bluetotooth,
    you have any info about install in the MINI60 the bluetooth after configuration ?
    Thank you
    73´s Ivan EA8YG

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Ivan,

      Nice to hear from you and thank you for the e-mail.

      I apologize for the delay in getting back to you, I was out of town for a while.

      I am sorry but I do not. You could ask in the QRZ.com forum. I am sure you could find it.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  5. Phil says:

    Could you tell me which file to use for an android phone note 8 please thankyou for your help

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Phil,
      Nice to hear from you and thank you for commenting here. I am thinking it is the .apk file (Mini60.apk_.zip)
      Try it it won’t hurt if it is the wrong one.
      Best to you and yours!
      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

  6. Ken says:

    Hello All, I need help and advice. My Mini 60 stopped communicating over Bluetooth and USB. It connects to my Android device and also the PC, but no data (Serial info) If I had to guess, it was the RS232 chip. Anyone else have this issue… and how did you resolve it?

    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for posting your question here and I hope you get some help with it. I have been using mine in the field, just the LCD on the device.

      I have not tried Bluetooth in a while so I’ll give it a try.

      Best 73,

      Rich, K0PIR

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