locked Re: What should Radio TX Power Setting really be? #wsjt-x #WSJTX_config


Bob McGraw - K4TAX <rmcgraw@...>
 

The issue I've encountered with many different brands and models of radios is the fact many allow the ALC overshoot when operating at less than rated power.  This is usually caused by the attack timing of the ALC circuit.   Hence if the audio level is set such as to not produce ALC, thus below ALC threshold, no overshoot will exist.   If the audio is above the ALC threshold, then the ALC will momentarily allow excessive power as it is ALC that is controlling output power.   Not all brands or models do this and many have software updates to address the issue. 

Agreed, one should have the ability to monitor the waveform of their signal.  But, unfortunately, many hams today do not own a dummy load or much less a decent signal monitor.    At minimum a ham station today should include, in addition to the radio, (a) a properly rated 50 ohm dummy load, (b) an external power/SWR meter, (c) a means to monitor their own signal.     These items combined will cost less than $300. 

73
Bob, K4TAX

73
Bob, K4TAX

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