I'm not sure how many hams want a no-tune amp--tuning a tube plate to low Z
doesn't really bother me that much, in fact I prefer to do it myself, not
trusting some logic circuit to tune and load for me. however I know one of
the great things about the PW-1 is that it follows the icom exciters making
them 1 kw transceivers which I must admit is pretty nice. Also, it's
easier to remote the amp when it's no-tune. But I think a lot of hams make
buying decisions based primarily on the purchase cost. Since they aren't
transmitting around the clock every day of the year, operating costs aren't
that much of a consideration. If I transmitted all the time, a 90%
efficient s.s. tx would be attractive to me. So, in other words, I
understand the broadcast industry moving to s.s. but their reasons mostly do
not apply to hams, at least for now. If a s.s. 1.5 kw ham amp or even a 1
kw ham amp can hit the $3K mark, then things will change.
re the SGC, I did not know about the IMD problem. Ron, do you know how the
PW-1 does in that department? it has a reputation for being a pretty robust
s.s. amp--i heard the 1 kw pep spec is conservative.
rob / k5uj
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