Re: W5MMW/VE3 Portable Operation (APE) August 19-26
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So it won't go over 7 watts? I don't see the problem. That's about 5 db better that me.
Seriously though I know full well how frustrating it is when your equipment lets you down at a critical time. The bright side is that I have seen your signal several times but the conditions here have been absolutely awful on 20m so I haven't gotten through yet but I will keep trying. I would like to capture at least one APE this season. I have seen several running around in the RF jungle but no luck yet.
On Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:59 PM, "W5MMW Matt Manjos matt@... " <070@...> wrote:
Some bad news... it seems the finals on my almost brand new IC-7200 are toast. Only my second time taking it out since picking it up in June and it refuses to transmit above 8 or so watts :( The rig jumps from <1.1 SWR to ∞ and powers down if I tease the power past 8W. I get the same symptoms with 3 different known-working antenna setups, on multiple bands.
The silver lining is that it seems to be functional if I keep it below 7W. So it looks like I'll be working QRP for the rest of my APE plans (as long as the rig holds up).
Hoping to be on the air most of the day tomorrow (and during the SEQP). Not sure if the radio is actually sending 7W, but that's what it will be set to, going into either a buddipole or a OCFD depending on the band.
Cheers - 73
On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM, W5MMW Matt Manjos <matt@...> wrote: