The Alpha 9500 is well beyond my price point. I have an AL-811H and a Heathkit
I was originally going to buy an AL-80B, but I decided to trade down to an
AL-811H and use
the price difference to buy and install a hexbeam. That was definitely the
right decision. Then
the SB-220 came later when I realized I wanted more power but didn't want to
spend much more.
The market for amps sold above $1,500 is almost certainly tiny compared with
the market for those in
the $1K range. Few hams can put that much into the hobby.
Be sure to read the "Message from the editor" in the July/August 2016 National
if you have a chance. An analysis was done on WRTC qualifying scores by US
region, and it
showed that the average US contester score is 8.8% of the winning score for his
50% of all contest scores are less than 1.8% of the winning score in their
region. Only 33
stations submit scores that are 80% of the winning score in their region.
Most hams can't afford mega-towers, giant beams and rotors, or $8K amplifiers.
I've been trying to find out what % of hams have a tower, any kind of tower,
and what % of hams
ham an amplifier of some sort, but haven't been able to get that data anywhere.
On Wed, 11/30/16, Bill Turner <email@example.com> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Amps] A cheer for the SPE 2K
To: "Amps group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:47 AM
MESSAGE ------------(may be snipped)
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:45:13 +0000 (UTC), you wrote:
>Very few amps will run legal limit on 100% duty cycle RTTY! I don't think
> I'd want to >pay for the power supply that would need.
As I mentioned, the Alpha 9500, at about the same price, does
legal limit all day long. In fact, I believe all of the Alphas in the last
25 years or so do, both manual and autotune versions.
73, Bill W6WRT
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