Yes there is a way to use the SWR Meter.. Put the radio in the cw or rtty mode and key the mike. I have not tried it on 2m or 440m. I run a tm700 for that use in my mobile along with the 7000. So far I like this radio very Well, I find that the more I play with it the more I am finding how to use it and all the filters. I really like the fact I can adjust everything out I don't want to hear. As far as ford problem with noise, it can be taken care of with torroids on the injector lines and fuel pump power lines.