I have a peak reading watt meter, and I just compared the two peaks (one
from Amp driven by the Orion and the other from the Amp driven by the
By the way, I very much enjoyed your write up and found it helpful.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Ron Castro
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 11:16 AM
To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion II and Centurion
Bob: How are you determining the output of the Centurion on SSB? I
believe that if you looked at the output on a spectrum analyzer, you
would find that the Orion II is driving it to a true PEP value that is
equal to the CW 'key down' power, and maybe even slightly more due to
power supply sag in the linear. The FT1000 may have a higher
average-to-peak ratio than the O2, showing more input and output power
from the linear on any kind of meter that does not measure absolute
There should be more average power in and out with SP on, but I have not
seen this, and believe that this is an area that the TT engineers should
look at. To be sure, the SP does tend to give a little more aggressive
sound, so it does help when you need the extra punch, it's not yet the
equal the typical built-in or external SP's. That is on my Fix List I
sent to TT and available at www.ronc.users.sonic.net .
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chortek, Robert L" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 10:42 AM
Subject: [TenTec] Orion II and Centurion
> Hello Fellow Reflectees.
> I have an Orion II and a Centurion Amp. I can only get about 600 watts
> out of my Centurion on SSB when driven by the Orion, but about 1KW
> driven by the FT1000D. I get the full KW+ on CW from the amp when
> by either rig. Does anyone have the same combination and if so, do
> get full output from the Centurion on SSB when driven by your O II?
> so, what are your power, mic and speech processor settings (and any
> other relevant settings)?
> Thanks for your help.
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