[AMRadio] Comment from N0JEF

kj4djf at aol.com kj4djf at aol.com
Wed Feb 10 23:49:27 EST 2010


 Man - didn't mean to stir the pot THAT much.  lol   But thanks for the replies.  

I run a Kenwood TS-480HX.  (I can hear the groans from the boat anchor crowd) haha

The 480hx  is a 200 watt radio with a 50 watt carrier on AM and shows 200 watts pep on an external watt meter while modulating.

My name is Jeff.  I am in Clearwater Florida.  The email has my old call.  My vanity is N0JEF.




-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Nickels <ranickel at comcast.net>
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wed, Feb 10, 2010 9:00 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Comment from N0JEF

On 2/10/2010 6:02 PM, kj4djf at aol.com wrote:
>   I have a 200 watt AM transciever

What type of transceiver do you have?  I'm assuming from the above that 
you probably have a modern all-mode HF transceiver that includes AM 
capability.  The good news is, many of  them can be made to sound 
terrific.  The bad news is, some are pretty fussy to get set up right, 
and if the ratio of carrier to audio isn't correct, can really sound 
awful - to the point that they are unintelligible to someone listening 
on an AM receiver.   So, just as a suggestion, I'd make sure that your 
radio is set to produce good quality AM first.   A local ham with AM 
receive capability could help you out.    The amount of RF power shown 
on the meter is not as high as you might expect, but even a good 
sounding 25 to 50 watt AM signal will get you plenty of contacts.

73, Bob W9RAN

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