> "I suspect that we might need to find a HW 100 or 101..."
Yup. Until the root cause is determined, I would use a tube-output "beater"
transceiver as the exciter.
Since the AL-80B uses a tuned Pi input, that almost rules out a VHF burst or
Keep in mind too that the IC-7300 hot-switches most amplifiers. To date, Icom
has not fixed it in firmware. In VOX and QSK modes, the 7300's amp SEND line
releases approximately 3-4 ms before RF stops. That means: (1) the amp's RF
in/out relays are hot-switching; and (2) the 7300 is briefly operating into an
open circuit as the input relay's armature opens with RF present.
There are several published solutions to the problem, most depend on an RC
circuit of some form. I developed a pulse-stretcher that works well. The
device ensures that the 7300's amp SEND line opens after RF decays to zero.
Timing is managed by a tiny Adafruit microcontroller and can be adjusted in
precise 1 ms increments. RCA input and output jacks are optically-isolated to
help mitigate RFI and power is supplied by an iPhone wall cube or PC USB port.
The entire board is smaller than a matchbook. It's also applicable to the
Icom 705 and 9700 transceivers which suffer from the same design neglect.
Gerber PC board files, B.O.M., microcontroller code and instructions can be
downloaded from my QRZ page. The Gerber PC board is linked to OshPark. I have
nothing to sell.
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