There is in fact a little know compatibility issue between TenTec and
Butternut products. Due to the faster than usual QSK, the RF leaving the rig
tends to achieve higher velocity than inferior rigs. Butternut uses a
secret mixture of butter and aluminum which greatly increases the efficiency
of their antennas. The combination of high velocity RF and "slick skin
aluminum" results in the apparent power loss. Simply put; The wattmeter
cannot keep up with the power which results in a low reading. Actually, full
power is really produced but cannot be measured by ordinary means.
Negotiations are presently being carried out between the two corporate
giants. Rumors have it that a spin-off company called "Butt-Tec" will market
an adapter. Meanwhile, we recommend exercising patience and simply ignoring
the wattmeter. The alternative is to use a very long coax feeder. About 300'
of low quality RG-58 should tame that meter. 73
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Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 11:10 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Ten Tec and Butternut HF6V Problem And Question
>I have a Butternut HF6V ground mounted vertical and on 10 meters and 14
> meters I get low output from both my Corsair II and OMNI V.
> On 10 meters my output on the Corsair II is about 60 watts.
> The antenna shows a flat SWR
> If I place the tuner in line I get an increase of about 15 watts after I
> adjust it for the same SWR.
> I notice that I get low output on my Butternut Butterfly Beam.
> About the same as on the vertical on 10 and 20.
> However, when I switch to my G5RV I get full output from both rigs on 10
> I get about 95 watts out with a flat SWR going through the tuner.
> Anyone on the list had this problem come up with the Butternuts and Ten
> I don't see what could be cutting back the power especially on the corsair
> II which does not have foldback protection.
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