[AMRadio] FCC's AM power

Oliver Steiner steinerviolinist at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 16:18:37 EDT 2016

I'm not clear about the distinction between "peak power" and "peak
envelope power" (If there is one).  My Autek power/swr meter lets me
select between average power and peak power, but am I monitoring peak
*envelope* power when I have it switched to the "peak power" position?
   --- or is peak envelope power only possible to determine with a
calibrated oscilloscope?

I'm grateful to read your answers to this.


On 9/26/16, Geoff <ars.w5omr at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 09/26/2016 02:49 AM, Ross Stenberg wrote:
>> I know that some my be dismayed by this however there are unscrupulous
>> hams the routinely run homebrew AM  transmitters such as a 4-1000
>> modulated by a pair of 4-400’s in excess of whatever one thinks is “the
>> legal limit”! There are others that use old broadcast AM transmitters
>> beyond ham limits as well!
> I ran a pair of 250TH's modulated by another pair.
> Separate power supplies, 1500v @100mA on the final. 3kVDC on the
> modulators, resting at 120mA.
> At -rest-, there was more power being dissipated by the modulator, than
> there was in the final, but man did that thing sound -good-!
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