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[TenTec] S meter and RF gain

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Subject: [TenTec] S meter and RF gain
From: "Toby Pennington" <toby423@earthlink.net>
Reply-to: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 17:27:21 -0500
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<<<  With the new RF gain S meter interaction, the S meter is
always correct if the signal is above the RF gain setting>>>   

IF THE SIGNAL IS ABOVE THE RF GAIN SETTINGS..... This is precisely my point,  
if the signal is NOT above the rf gain setting then NO s meter reading is 
available,  whether accurate or not, having the s meter to read actively all 
the time gives you an idea  of what the relative strength of the other stations 
signal is and you can quickly give him a report. 

Contesting maybe a different matter as everyone is 599,  so why would a 
contester need an s meter to begin with?

But for those of us who have regular QSOs and needing to give reports if is 
helpful to have a working s meter all the time,  not just when the RF gain is 
turned up high enough tor the s meter to function.  Maybe the question should 
be asked,  What is the S meter for anyway? ......to be able to offer signal 
reports,  or to see where the RF gain is set.  

Toby  W4CAK
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