Yes, you are correct, I was using the gauge on the gauge panel as a source because at the lugs I am not reading any voltage or hertz. So I was assuming something was being produced because depending on the setting I could see a 110 volt reading or a 220 volt reading, per the gauge. But no hertz on the frequency gauge. Also as mentioned in the initial message once the engine was running, the “LOW VOLTAGE” lamp was illuminated.
As far as meters go I am using a fluke 88 with a max capability of reading of 200Khtz. the meter works correctly as designed.