I just ran a test on my O2 with a spectrum analyzer, and although I didn't
have the perfect test conditions, I noted that the CW trace at 100% and 50%
power level setting was the same as the SSB peak trace at both of those
levels within the nearest resolution, which was .2 dB. I used speech, not a
tone in the test. The tests were don with the speech processor on and off,
and I could see that with it on, the peaks were reached more consistently.
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To: "Ron Castro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment"
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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion II and Centurion
> Hi Ron,
> 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.
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> 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
> instantaneous PEP.
> 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 .
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> 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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