Topband: SGC MiniLini

Bill Tippett btippett at
Wed Dec 28 09:11:35 EST 2005

	I was reading ARRL's latest on-line Product
Review for the SGC SG-500 SmartPowerCube
Linear Amplifier.  In that review they mentioned
that the MiniLini will be introduced soon.  This 500W
amplifier weighs <5 pounds including power supply
for $600 (including 20m module).  Extra band modules
are available for $275:

If SGC will make this available with a 160m module
for $600, it may be the perfect expedition amplifier
for Topband operation.  DU9/N0NM's recent trip to
4W3ZZ or HB9AMO's trip to TT8AMO come to mind.
Hopefully they will make a 240V version available in
addition to 120V.  At this price, we could chip in and
make a few available to worthy Topband expeditions
as loaners (like the Battle Creek Special).

	Will be interesting to watch this.  Paired
with a rig like the Elecraft K2/100, you would have
an extremely lightweight, compact and capable 500W
Topband station.

				73,  Bill  W4ZV

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