Before the power limit rule was changed to output power, the legal limit was
1 kw DC input to the final. For CW, that translated to a maximum of about
750 watts output. With the change in the power limit since 1983, it is now
approximately double that, 1500 watts output.
Does anyone actually run that much power on CW? The vast majority of CW
stations I work run about 100 watts, and many are QRP. At between 300 and
700 watts output I seem to be one of the more QRO stations on any band I
work. I know that power can be a real advantage on 160, especially for DX
work, and I know that many topband stations run the legal limit on phone.
Has anyone ever heard anyone on ANY band running 1500 watts on CW?
Would 1500 watts output power on CW be reconcilable with the rule that
requires minimum transmitting power necessary to maintain the desired
I would like to hear your opinion.
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