[CQ-Contest] Question...Power

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at w0mu.com
Mon Oct 28 10:54:23 EDT 2013

What is the intent of the rule?

If you have a 1500W amp in use but legally operating within your class 
will you be tempted to turn it up if you really need to work that rare 

If the rules say the max output should be 500 watts why would they care 
if it was from the radio or an amp?

Specify that the maximum transmitted power is XXX.  Why get involved 
with attempting to disallow things that cannot be checked.

Most rigs have a maximum of 100 watts out.  Some rigs have an output of 
200 watts or 400 watts.    What is the difference between owning a rig 
capable of 200w or 400w watts out or adding a amp in line?  Isn't the 
temptation the same?

Which option if any outputs the cleanest signal?

Mike W0MU

On 10/27/2013 10:30 AM, Tom Osborne wrote:
> That is a good question as I've always wondered that.  The only way I could
> get 100 watts out in RTTY would be to run an amp as my radios only do 100
> watts and couldn't run them 100% key down for a whole contest.
> How about radios that are capable of running 400 watts or even 200 watts.
> Seems to me they would be subject to the same rule.  If I crank my SB-200 up
> full bore right now, I'm lucky to get 400 watts out of it.
> I would really like to be able to drop the radio down to about 30 or 40
> watts and not stress it.  73
> Tom W7WHY
>> My radio is old and the output has dropped. If I chose to would it be
>> legal
>> (ethical) to use an amplifier to get it back up to 100 watts output.
> Depends on the contest and the entry category. The rules of many
> contests only talk about transmitter output power, regardless of how it
> is achieved, but the NAQP has a rule that deals specifically with
> amplifiers: "6. ... Use of external amplifiers capable of more than 100
> W output is not allowed."
> 73,
> Rich VE3KI
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