Turning it on and off constantly causes more damage than leaving it on
for the full time you are operating.
The mains power draw is miniscule.
----- Original Message -----
From: "W5CPT" <email@example.com>
To: "Amps" <Amps@contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 6:33 PM
Subject: [Amps] Idleing amp ?
>I have an SB-200 and was wondering if it is better to let it idle when
>I am tuning around or leave it off and turn it on only when I need it.
>I built a Standby Switch into the control cable from the radio to the
>amp so I can use the radio without keying the amp. I used an
>Opto-isolator from Ham Gadgets and only provide power to the circuit
>when I want to use the amp. It has worked well but I wonder which
>scenario is better for the amp.
> Clint - W5CPT
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