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Increasing the number of antenna ports in Power Genius

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  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    You cooked your PGXL amp?
  • W2PP
    W2PP Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    No sorry my antenna Genius. Apologies still ticked about it.
  • Russ K5OA
    Russ K5OA Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    So the antenna genius put all antennas to ground if communication lost or power lost to this unit, that is the 12 volts?
  • W2PP
    W2PP Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    That’s correct
  • KF4HR
    KF4HR Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    PG has only two antenna ports which is rather disappointing for an amplifier in this price range.  Due to a high cost, I do not plan to buy an Antenna Genius and look for other options,... Can someone offer some practical solutions?

    Sure.  When it becomes available, add the 8x2 4o3A Antenna Switcher: http://www.4o3a.com/products/antenna-switchers/6x2-antenna-switcher/



  • W2PP
    W2PP Member ✭✭
    edited June 2020
    Did you see my post above? Mine fried itself....AG..... I’ve ordered the DXE switch which is bulletproof.
  • KF4HR
    KF4HR Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Peter - were you using the 8x2 Antenna Switcher (replacement for the 6x2)?  I didn't realize it had been released yet. 

    David - yes, I realize the PG-XL only has the ability to transmit on one band at a time.  What I'm curious about is, if the IN/OUT A connections are  selected for amplification, do the IN/OUT B connections provide a pass-thru?  If so, a 2nd slice could take advantage of the B antenna connection.  
  • David Decoons, wo2x
    David Decoons, wo2x Member, Super Elmer Moderator
    edited October 2018
    With proper filtering/antenna separation you can receive on B while TX’ing QRO on A. Dave wo2x
  • W2PP
    W2PP Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Isolation wasn’t the issue. The 8x2 had a LAN connection and RFI caused it to drop comm during transmission and fried the A port despite ferrite beads
  • Patrick
    Patrick WH6HI KauaiMember ✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    I had PG amp on order, but no matter how I did it, I could not justify the extra cost to achieve what needs I have. So canceled. Even with a free tuner there were extra cost. I am interested in efficiency of operation. My station is a lot like the cockpit of a modern jet. In order to keep my objective realistic, my solution was the Expert 2K-FA. Built in tuner and six port antenna switch. I know what your going to say, what about that extra power on rtty, or FT8? Not enough difference to make a difference in non contest conditions. I don’t do contests. Don’t need continuous 1.5k. The 2K was less expensive and included a very good tuner and six very versatile ports. So in a nut shell cost and a tuner (vapor ware at this point) was the straw that broke the camels back. I am sure ithe PG will be a very good amp, but I could not justify the extra cost.
  • Bill -VA3WTB
    Bill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    They will sell a tone of them to stations that demand highest performance no holds bared. For the average guy, that is a lot of amp.
  • Patrick
    Patrick WH6HI KauaiMember ✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Hi Bill, could you define “they” as it would help me understand your post. Thanks... Pat
  • Alan C
    Alan C Member ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    I'm guessing he meant "a ton" - not tone. 'They' meaning FlexRadio?
  • KF4HR
    KF4HR Member ✭✭
    edited November 2018
    Peter were you able to find a DXE Switch that functioned the same way as the AG Switch? (2x8)
  • KF4HR
    KF4HR Member ✭✭
    edited January 2019
    " So in a nut shell cost and a tuner (vapor ware at this point) was the straw that broke the camels back. I am sure ithe PG will be a very good amp, but I could not justify the extra cost....I am sure ithe PG will be a very good amp, but I could not justify the extra cost."

    I was on the fence between the 2K-FA and PG-XL as well.  As for price, prior to the PG-XL being introduced I seem to remember the 2K-FA costing approximately $6k or about $1k less than the PG-XL but now there's only a $304 dollar difference, which is trivial considering the price of these amplifiers.

    Not having an ATU built into the PG-XL wasn't a concern for me because I own a legal limit+ auto tuner and a self-tuning SteppIR yagi but I do wish the PG-XL had 6 built-in output ports, although external switching options are available.

    The biggest drawback I see to the PG-XL (and why I'm occasionally tempted to cancel my PG-XL and order a 2K-FA), is not knowing how long the PG-XL wait time will be.

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