> That we do not hear from a number of people about
> failing a lot does tend to suggest there may be something
> specific installation in Jim's case.
The problem is not only preamp design critical, it is also
influenced by the particular radio and even the length of
feedline between the radio and amplifier.
Using RF switching is *always* a bad system, because by
definition the RF must always hit the preamplifier for some
length of time before the preamp bypasses. The clamp system
in the preamp as well as currents and voltages in sensitive
components like the FET are subject to wide variations
depending on how long the feeder is (what fractional
multiple of a wavelength), the radio transmitter source
impedance, the radio envelope rise time and slope, and so
It isn't surprising at all only a small number of people
complain, because there are:
Not many masthead preamps used
Fewer still using the same amplifier with RF keying
Fewer still with the same transmitting equipment and cable
lengths using RF keying
RF keying ANY receive amp is a huge problem. Especially with
the poor ALC systems and large leading edge power overshoot
of many radios.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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