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Re: [TowerTalk] slightly OT - Wattmeter suggestion?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] slightly OT - Wattmeter suggestion?
From: "Tom Osborne" <>
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Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 09:20:11 -0700
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Hi Charles

Why would you need a peak reading meter for tune up?

I have a peak reading meter here, and when I tune the amp I have to switch 
it off of peak reading feature, tune the amp, then switch it back on. The 
'hold' feature doesn't move the needle as fast. There is a small delay when 
tuning with the peak reading on.  I have to tune much slower.  If I switch 
it off, the tuning is instantaneous.  Maybe I'm sissing something.  73

> 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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