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[TowerTalk] Ameritron and Array Solutions antenna switches -question

Subject: [TowerTalk] Ameritron and Array Solutions antenna switches -question
From: Peter Dougherty <>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 23:30:43 -0400
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All this talk about Ameritron and A/S antenna relays has just hit my 
radar screen and I have a question. First off, I know and respect Jay 
tremendously, have bought from him in the past, will do so again (and 
again and again), but on this issue, I'm curious. What does Jay's RAT 
Pack or SIX PACK do than the Ameritron RCS- series boxes don't do?

I was thinking of buying the RCS-12 automatic remote switch at Dayton 
but now I'm thinking a little and would really like to understand 
what the primary differences are. I run single-op pretty well 
exclusively. I'm planning on converting 4 runs of RG-213 going up the 
tower now to just one run of 1/2" Heliax (with one of the 213 lines 
available as backup), then a remote switch at the top with 3 yagis 
and an inverted vee.

I'd like to consider switching the C31XR over to tri-feed at the same 
time as my 40m yagi goes up this summer, so that would complicate 
matters, of course.

Power-wise I run an Ameritron AL-1200 for the moment fed with a Mark 
V. It'll coast at legal limit with about 110W in.

I also have a second HF transceiver that I was thinking of adding to 
the mix, hence my interest in the six-pack. But if I keep it simple 
and just go with a straight-forward remote coax switch, what would 
Jay's products do (at extra cost) that the Ameritron wouldn't? Since 
I'm not a high-performance station compared to contest stations with 
stacks, etc, would one of the fancier switches be overkill for my needs?

Thanks in advance.




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