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Re: [Amps] AL1200 on AM - max carrier?

To: Paul Christensen <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] AL1200 on AM - max carrier?
From: Glen Zook via Amps <>
Reply-to: Glen Zook <>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:22:57 +0000 (UTC)
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The necessary power level required to carry out the desired communications is, 
again, dependent on just what "desired" means!  As such, the regulation has no 
meaning in technical terms.
Until "desired" has a quantitative value, there is no minimum, or maximum (up 
to the full legal limit), that defines necessary.  Of course, this is 
semantics.  However, when dealing with legal requirements, every term has to 
have a definite meaning.
The definition of "desire", in the New Webster's New Universal Unabridged 
Dictionary (the "big" dictionary that used to sit on a table, by itself, in the 
library), that is applicable to this is:
2.  to express a wish to obtain.
Since such is on an individual basis, there is no quantitative value that can 
be applied. Glen, K9STH


     On Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:23 PM, Paul Christensen <> 

 > "The word in the regs is "necessary ", not "desired".    Bob"

Both terms are used in Part 97:

§97.313  Transmitter power standards.

(a) An amateur station must use the minimum transmitter power necessary to 
carry out the desired communications.

Paul, W9AC

-----Original Message----- 
From: Robert Logan via Amps
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:13 PM
To: Glen Zook
Cc: ; Kimberly Elmore
Subject: Re: [Amps] AL1200 on AM - max carrier?

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 30, 2014, at 2:00 PM, Glen Zook <> wrote:

The problem is that "desired communications" is not defined!

If the operator desires to have a 40 dB over S-9 (with S-9 defined as a 50 
microvolt signal level) at every location, then that operator can run more 
power, and still obey the rules, than an operator who just desires that 
their signal can barely be detected above the noise level.

Glen, K9STH


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