[AMRadio] FCC's AM power

Robert Bethman oldrotorheadsarge at outlook.com
Mon Sep 26 16:50:04 EDT 2016

Ollie and All,

It doesn't matter whether it is an Autek or a Bird Peak reading meter.

They simply read the Peak Power Output Power.

I don't know a single watt meter that is capable of reading Peak Envelope Power.

There is far too much circuitry involved in reading PEP.  WE as a group of Amateurs don't have that sort of budget!

I suspect an oscilloscope of beyond normal calibrated one would do so either.

Even a darn good Tektronix Oscilloscope would be rather useless in an attempt to read PEP.

Regards, Bob N0DGN

-----Original Message-----
From: AMRadio [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Oliver Steiner
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 4:19 PM
To: Geoff <ars.w5omr at gmail.com>
Cc: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] FCC's AM power

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.


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