Omni VI SSB Power Output

Clark Savage Turner WA3JPG
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 16:26:02 -0700

Hi Dale:

No, you should expect that an average reading and damped meter will
read full PEP on CW because of the interval that CW stays at peak.
This won't happen for SSB, you usually get a lower reading.

I have noticed the same thing that you do with my SSB rigs, 
including my OMNI.  My meters are not so dramatic, my average 
wattmeters may read 50 watts when I watch the peaks but the OMNI
meter says 100 watts - and my best wattmeter (NYE, it calculates
PEP electronically) agrees with 100 watts PEP.

I would try to borrow a true digital wattmeter with peak and hold
and just check.  With the wide discrepancy in your readings, you
just might have too little audio getting through or something,
though I tend to think that everything is just fine with your
radio SSB output.  Best to check.  Hey, try pushing up the mic
gain to see if that affects you much.  You might also try the
processor (though I have not found it to be very useful).