On 2/13/2012 11:51 AM, Don Etters wrote:
> The KPA500 is a great Amp. but it does not like SWR over 1:5 –1
Mine works fine up to 2:1 on most bands, although on 160, it starts to
get a little annoyed at that point. Pretty common for "no-tune" solid
> band width seems narrow .
Don't know what you mean by this. My 160 antenna BW is pretty narrow
[10 KHz], 80m is better [~50 KHz] but that has nothing to do with the
KPA500, into the 1:1 dummy load, frequency doesn't matter. The SWR seen
by the K3 looking into the KPA500 is 1:1 all over all the bands too.
How have you handled this with you
> antenna’s . Is anyone using a tuner
I use some wires multi-band, so yes, I use a tuner, especially on 30,
40, 80, and 160. Haven't tried the antennas on 60m but probably will
after 5 Mar since CW will be allowed then. Waiting with credit card "on
warm" for the KAT500 announcement. Hope this helps,
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- CU in the 2012 Cal QSO Party 6-7 Oct 2012
Please explain what you meant by "band width seems narrow".
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On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:51:20 -0500, "Don Etters" <[hidden email]> wrote:
>The KPA500 is a great Amp. but it does not like SWR over 1:5 1 an band width seems narrow . How have you handled this with you antennas . Is anyone using a tuner any suggestion will be apreciated
The KPA500 fold back point in firmware is an SWR of 2:1 at its rated
output of 500W. (This is based on reflected power and will occur at
lower SWRs if the amp is operated above 500W) At that point it first
inserts a 3 dB input attenuator and flashes the fault LED. (This is a
soft fault.) Slightly reducing drive will reset this back to full gain.