At 01:55 PM 1/15/01 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
>The review of the ICOM IC-PW1 amp in the February 2001 QST mentions that
>it has inputs for two radios. However, no mention is made about the
>practicality of using one amp in SO2R. In particular, can it, or the
>Alpha 87A / ACOM switch bands fast enough so that it is practical to
>only have one amp? When you hit F2 or whatever to dump your call in
>on the second radio, is there a noticable lag ( more than a few milliseconds,
>one might think would be a challenge) in RF coming out as a result of\
>the band change?
>What experience is there with using one (expensive) amp in place of two
>less expensive amps?
Dick, WC1M once told me of his experience trying to use an Alpha 87A with a
SO2R setup. His comment was that the 87A was not fast enough retuning to
jump between two bands the way a SO2R op would want. This might be an
interesting question to pose to the ACOM folks, but I would be surprised if
their amp was much faster.
I would think that a solid state amp (which only has to switch in a
different set of filters) might be fast enough for SO2R. However, I would
think it would still have to have a control line to the radio so that the
amp bandswitching would occur when the radio switch occured, and not in
response to sensed RF, to be quick enough.
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