[AMRadio] Re: How can we rid the HF bands of AM ?

Geoff w5omr at satx.rr.com
Sun Aug 7 17:12:38 EDT 2005

```Jim Wilhite wrote:

>> W4AWM at aol.com wrote:
>>
>>
>>> how do we get the old "KW Input" for AM back now?
>>> probably impossible..
>>
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>
> We have a couple of hams in congress.  Why not email them, especially
> hams in their district.  One very good argument for going to DC input
> is the accuracy of measurement.

Amen.  Hey, I'm all for running a full kW DC input again, and more power
to those of y'all that can pull it off.  I'm plagued with a bad rash of
neighboritis.

But, still.. for accuracy of measurment, how hard is it to calculate
500w DC input?  (uh, gee.. 2500v x 200mA =... Cornbread?)   ;-)

Besides, Jim - given that Class C finals are 75% efficient (on average),
what's 75% of 500w?

(just to point you in the right direction, 500w DC input is -half- of
what we -could- run, given that 1500w PEP is 'generically considered' to
be 100% modulation of the product of 75% of a 500w carrier.)

Can I be an instructor now, Don?  ;-)

So, we're  NOT down 25% of what we -could- run as some lamented.. it's
realistically only 50%.

The saying back in those days was:
"They'll get my kilowatt when they pry my D-104 from my cold dead fingers"
and
"When AM Kilowatts are outlawed, then only outlaws will be running AM
Kilowatts".
(which in some cases isn't that far from the truth ;-))

Think about it, fellas.  Asymetrical Audio.  Run 500w DC input - have
enough power to modulate the carrier - run 3kW pep
output, and tell the eff cee cee that "my carrier power is 375w!  I'm
LEGAL!"  No, really - DO IT!  Currently, (as Jim aptly
pointed out) who's gonna measure?  How could that measurment stand up in
court?  Where are they measuring, at the Final,
or at the Antenna?

I think, that if a good, solid, well-built/constructed AM rig was
operated in a gentlemany manner, then that person doesn't draw
that much negative attention to himself and be nice, polite..
Gentlemanly  (sorry, I just ain't heard no female AM'ers) and you'll
fly under the radar as long as you maintain.  And, you could be running
a kW DC input. (which, btw, is 750w of carrier, and
only 3kW PEP if modulated with a sine-wave to 100% but who talks in
sine-waves?)

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73 = Best Regards,
-Geoff/W5OMR

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