In a message dated 1/21/2001 8:58:51 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> For a major contest I make a point of doubling up on most
> important elements of the station, including antennas
> where possible, because (unlike some single ops) if
> something breaks I'm the only person on hand to fix it
> and I don't want to lose any more time than is absolutely
> necessary before getting back on the air.
> Dave G4BUO
plus it helps to switch between two amps/radios while running to let the
other rigs take a breather and cool off a bit in S/P mode.
It seems cheaper to have two amps rather than one super-duper automatic
expensive autoswitching amp. The second amp can be of around $500 variety and
be ready to take over when the #1 amp goes up in smoke. Switching system that
allows to select any radio, through any amp to any antenna is a big help and
allows great flexibility in managing all key pieces of contest station.
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