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Re: [TowerTalk] slightly OT - Wattmeter suggestion?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] slightly OT - Wattmeter suggestion?
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:45:10 -0400
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Charlie, I don't believe that you need a peak-reader at all.  A few 
things you can do.

1.  Begin your tune-up at reduced output from the radio.  Go to full 
drive only for the final touch-up.
2.  Keep your key-down periods short and let the tubes cool for an equal 
3.  Send a string of fast dots while tuning; your Bird will display an 
average value due to meter mechanics but the duty cycle will be about 50 
percent, which is nice to the tubes.

73, Pete N4ZR

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On 4/21/2011 6:48 AM, Charlie Gallo wrote:
> 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 them".
> 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?

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