But ask yourself if a reed relay and a few other components are worth an
extra thousand bucks.
Yes, that is exactly what I am asking. The price of the parts may be
fairly easy to calculate. The time required to design it and build it
are not as easy to calculate. I suppose I could just take the schematic
for the QSK circuitry from my Titan 425, and try to adapt it to the bias
circuitry and RF switching circuitry that already exists in the 82 or
the 2500. Maybe trivial, or maybe not. Even if the circuit design is
trivial, then you still need to build it. I'm a fan of homebrewing, and
it would probably be a fun project.
My point is that if you are going to compare Ten-Tec's (or anyone
else's) amplifier prices then you should compare amplifiers with the
same capabilities, or establish dollar values for the capabilities that
differ from one product to the other. Maybe Ten-Tec's QSK is not worth
$1K. I sure do like it though and I'd miss it if I had another amplifier
that lacked it.
Rob Atkinson, K5UJ wrote:
> QSK is an added option for the 82 and 2500. Personally, the only time
> qsk on the centurion is nice for me is when I'm in a cw dx pileup.
> Ten Tec's LED watt meter is a nice feature too. For the Command amp
> you have to use an outboard meter. But ask yourself if a reed relay
> and a few other components are worth an extra thousand bucks.
> rob / k5uj
> <<<Would the AL82 or HF2500 be equipped with full QSK keying loop
> input and
> ouput? Or would I need to build or buy additional equipment to have the
> same QSK performance as the Centurion or Titan III?>>>
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