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Product Review
 
Leixen N8
Frequency Counter

 
May 2015


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The Leixen N8 is a basic frequency counter that sells for under $50, with several nice features for a basic workbench.
  
What's in the Package
 
-  N8 Frequency Counter
-  Helical Antenna
-  Instruction Sheet
 
 
On the Bench

 
The Leixen N8 is an affordable counter that packs a few nice features in a small package.  After inserting 3 standard AAA batteries and screwing on the antenna, a one second push of the power on button and it's ready to go.
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The display is an easy to read 2 row 8 character dot matrix LCD. It only takes a second for the readout to display the frequency and CTCSS/DCS tone coming from a nearby transmitter.
 
One nice feature of this counter is its ability to transmit a low level signal back to you on the same frequency and with the tone that it just recorded. This is a nice way to verify the radio's receive tone without having a second radio or handheld nearby.
 
A comparison between the Leixen N8 a two other counters in the same category can be found HERE.
 
Purpose
 
If you own a handheld or radio without an LCD display, this is a simple way to determine the operating frequency without requiring software. The LCD displaying both the frequency and the CTCSS/DCS tone is a big time saver.

The accuracy is relatively good, but don't expect it to rival a $2500 test set. It's not going to happen.   If your new to the world of two-way radio or just trying to build a basic work bench, the N8 may be a good counter to include.
 
 
 
Available from MTC Radio in Paris, TX. and Aliexpress.



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