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Re: [TenTec] 2m amplifier for Tentec 6N2

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] 2m amplifier for Tentec 6N2
From: Steve Berg <wa9jml@frontier.com>
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Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:37:56 -0500
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I had a 6N2 for a while. It worked fine with my more modern 2 meter Mirage amp, because that one has an adjustment for T/R hang time. My ancient Mirage 6 meter amplifier did not have that sort of adjustment, and since there is no way I know of to adjust the CW QSK speed on the 6N2, it was hammering the relays in the 6 meter amp badly when I was working CW.

I also found that its performance was not any better than my Argonaut II and my transverters. And, the Argo has an adjustment for amp keying hang time. So, I sold the much newer and flashier radio, and kept my old stuff.

The Argonaut II has the best noise blanker I have ever used, and that is a real help during auroral and some Es openings.

Your mileage may vary...

Steve WA9JML

On 8/20/2015 8:18 PM, Allan Taylor wrote:
I recently picked up a Tentec 6N2 at a reasonable price. I know the
20w will be suitable for local work, but want an amplifier for some
contest play. Some of the available 2m amps out there have a control
line, some done but rather are carrier-sense. I am soliciting direct actual
experience with the 6N2 and affordable 2m solid-state amps with a
control line. In  particular, matching up with the QSK of the little rig.
Amps of  perhaps 75 to maybe 200W.

Any thoughts??

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