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[Yaesu] Mk V and Mk V Field questions

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Subject: [Yaesu] Mk V and Mk V Field questions
From: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <k5uj@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 21:04:43 +0000
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Hello everyone.

I am trying to make a purchase decision between the Mk V and Mk V Field. That was part of the reason I was asking about the p.s. in the Field yesterday. I realize this topic has probably come up a zillion times over the past couple of years so I'm not asking for someone to tell me which one to buy. Instead I'm asking for information to help me make a more informed decision. Today I'm focusing on the 200 w. PA of the Mk V. I have heard and read that there have been a number of failures of this PA since the rig was introduced. Does anyone know if this has been resolved by the mfr.? Or, while there have been failures, I also realize many customers have run their Mk Vs regularly with no PA problems at all. This leads me to suspect that perhaps the failures were due to txing with a power level and duty cycle that were in excess as I think the 200 w. rating is for SSB and CW and not psk31 or sstv, rtty and other data modes. Can anyone confirm this or was something else the problem? Have any owners of the Mk V had any problems relating to being tied to an unusual p.s. (30 v.)? Has that 200 watts really been a nice thing to have justifying the extra 300 bucks or so in cost?
Tnx agn & 73,

Rob Atkinson

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