01-02/2013 —
TELE-audiovision International —
Catching a glimpse of our test center. KWS meters have longer service life than most other signal
analysers, which is why the KWS VAROS 109 did not only have to prove its worth against currently
offered competitors, but also against older professional KWS meters of the AMA series. All our com-
parisons showed that the KWS VAROS 109 passed with flying colours. Another bonus: If you’ve ever
worked with a KWS meter before you’ll never want to change your ways again.
money’s worth. Knowing that
the KWS VAROS 109 will be
ready in a few seconds will
invariably result in switching
off the meter every time it is
not in use for a few minutes,
thus further increasing bat-
tery time.
You need to fasten the
screws of the antenna on the
pole before performing the
next signal measurement?
Turn your meter off! Screws
are tight? Turn it on again
and after five seconds you’re
ready to rock! We have seen
many meters that seem to be
taking forever to power up,
and in those cases you prob-
ably keep them switched on
all the time only to find out
that once your lunch break is
over you’re out of power.
The KWS VAROS 109 is dif-
ferent, and even the specified
battery life of 3.5 hours is not
merely a theoretical indica-
tion, but a result we easily
achieved during our test. We
worked with the meter long
and hard, often for hours on
end, and we can happily con-
firm this more than pleasing
battery capacity.
If you’ve ever worked with
the larger KWS meters of the
VAROS series you’ll notice
that the KWS VAROS 109 can
be operated in exactly the
same way so that installers
knowing how to make full use
of a VAROS 306 don’t need
to re-familiarise themselves
with this new KWS meter.
There are only two aspects
to attach a HDMI device it is
possible to use an inexpen-
sive DVI-HDMI adapter, but if
you prefer to use a standard
computer monitor you will
soon discover the DVI sock-
et’s worth, as PC monitors
are way less expensive than
TV panels.
The meter sports a metallic
grey colour with green rub-
ber protection on the sides.
The front panel features a
5.7-inch high-resolution col-
our TFT display which offers
excellent readability even in
direct sunlight.
Right below the display
there is the keyboard con-
sisting of four arrow keys
(Up, Down, Left, Right), a nu-
meric pad right in the centre
complete with the ENTER and
ESC buttons, as well as four
keys each to the left and right
of the numeric key pad.
The function keys on the
left side are:
: Calls up the
spectrum analyser.
: Calls up various
special functions. This is a
designation typical of KWS
meters and if you have used
a KWS meter before you’ll be
familiar with this feature.
: Different LNB con-
figurations can be adjusted
with this button, plus the
DiSEqC features can be ac-
cessed from here as well.
: This function
key switches between meas-
uring mode and MPEG decod-
er, which can process MPEG-
2 and MPEG-4 transmissions.
The function keys on the
right side are:
: Various search
functions and the transpond-
er list for all satellites around
the world are activated with
this key.
: Saves the active
: Calls up a saved
: Calls up audio
and video settings.
In the upper right corner
of the meter there is the On/
Off switch. Press it and it
only takes five seconds for
the device to power up and
become fully operational.
This is a truly remarkable
achievement, and together
with battery power for 3.5
hours of continuous opera-
tion you definitely get your
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