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OT: Re: Voice QSO at 1819 Violation of FCC Rules



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On Sat, 28 Apr 2001 12:16:59 -0700 (PDT), Matt Henderson wrote:

>
>
>  You just wrote it!  Subtitle B says that "No station may 
>> transmit with a transmitter power exceeding 1.5 kW PEP".
>Peak Envelope Power means the amount of RF energy (in watts)
>leaving your antenna, not leaving your radio! How many
>amplifiers are you using, man? That goes for ALL BANDS. Does
>it say 1.5 kw just on HF? No it doesn't. I'm sorry sir, but I
>have to disagree with you and I am sure that there are many
>others that disagree as well. 


Gee, I guess I'd better throw away either my HF amplifiers or my
triband yagi.  According to your definition, I am over the limit. 
Funny thing is, hams have been using 1500 watts into gain antennas on
HF since well before I was born, and the FCC doesn't seem to mind at
all.

The rules refer to the maximum RMS RF power output at the envelope
peak, at the output port of your final amplifier.  Not the ERP of your
antenna system.  Call the FCC.  They will set you straight.  1500 watts
into a gain antenna is still 1500 watts, it is just squished down into
a narrower radiation pattern.

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Jim Shorney      -->.<--Put complaints in this box
jshorney@inebraska.com
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Ham Radio NU0C
Lincoln, NE, USA
EN10KA
http://incolor.inetnebr.com/jshorney/
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