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Subject: [TowerTalk] slightly OT - Wattmeter suggestion?
From: Charlie Gallo <>
Reply-to: Charlie Gallo <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:48:17 -0400
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Hi Gang,
Over the next couple of weeks, my shack (including tower/antennas) will be 
getting a MAJOR upgrade

Right now, I've got a A-D DX-EE for 10-40m, an SB-230amp, all being driven by 
an FT-1000 MkV field (and an at-1000pro tuner)

Well, the radio and tuner are staying the same, but that's it

Antenna wise, there is a Glen Martin going on the roof (I live on a small lot), 
and a C3SS and DX140 going on that (antennas will be delivered on Friday)

Anyway, the other big change - a freshly re-tubed/caped  an Alpha 78 - for 
those bands where I don't need the tuner (or turned down for when I do)

Think is, everyone says "You MUST have a peak reading watt meter to safely tune 

OK - No problem, I buy a meter.  I love the Alpha meter (friend has one), but 
no way is that in the budget at a grand.  I could get a peak reading kit for my 
bird 43, but

So, what do you guys think?

I'm thinking the Array Solutions looks good - others?  Just put a peak kit in 
the bird?

73 de KG2V - Charles Gallo
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