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[AMPS] Re: big boy toys

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Subject: [AMPS] Re: big boy toys
From: (Rich Measures)
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 98 02:17:08 -0800
>At 12:02 PM 3/10/98 -0800, Rich Measures wrote:
>>>Could someone explain how 3000 watt, 50% duty cycle amplifiers are legal in
>>>the amateur service in the US? 
>>30,000w amplifiers are legal for use in amateur service provided that 
>>they are not delivering more than 1500w plus 10% to the antenna.  
>>(1650w).  A friend's station was fcc inspected.  They measured 1780w, 
>>said ok,  'have a nice day', and left.  
>The reg says, "No station may transmit with a transmitter power
>     exceeding 1.5 kW PEP."
>I realize that that's not *potential* but actual, but surely "transmitter
>power" means power at the output of the transmitter, not at the antenna.
>Or did you mean to say " the feedline" rather than "to the antenna?"
What about the chap who lives at the bottom of a canyon,  who has a 900ft 
run of RG213 to his antenna at the top of the canyon?  The power that 
goes into the feedline is not what gets transmitted.  My guess is that 
the fcc inspectors will make allowances, such as the 10% tolerance on the 
1500w limit.  


R. L. Measures, 805-386-3734, AG6K   

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