Question about setting up a PALSTAR LA-1k Amplifier to my brand new Flex 6600M I am about to receive tommrow?

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I will receive the Flex 6600M tomorrow, and I have a question about hooking up my Amplifier. I know that with this Amplifier that I can drive it no more then 50 watts, but is there anything I should be aware of when using this with the Flex 6600M, because of the
Controlled Envelope SSB.

I just found out that the Flex uses Controlled Envelop SSB, and that the it will more then double the output talk power. If this is the case, do I need to drive my radio at half the power of 50 watts so I do not over drive my Amplifier? Or will I be ok to Drive the Radio at 50 watts with out over driving the PALSTAR LA-1k Amplifier?

Thank You.

Julie Bernstein.

KC0TMD



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Julie

I have a 6600M to LA-1K to a HF-AUTO TO A LP500. I have found you don't need more than 40 watts out of the radio to drive the amp to +1000 watts. You could even need less dependent on your shack conditions. I set the radio to max output of 40 watts with a tune at 5 watts CW carrier. Dependent on your Mic you will need to set you Mic setting to give you that without over-driving it. My legacy Mic was a Heil PR-30B and I needed 50% Mic setting to drive the radio. My current Shure is only needing 20% with Mic boost enabled and a Cloud Lifter in-line; so it depends...

You will find that once you get to 1000 watts out adding anymore drive is diminishing returns. You will get very little out of the AMP and could be putting out some distortion. I ran a test on that very subject when I got the AMP and you get very little to no positive results beyond 40 in and 1K out.    Keep it 40 watts and below going into the AMP and you'll be fine. 

You are going to love that Radio and AMP!!!!

Best regards,

Lee
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I've only been using my 6600 with the LA-1K for about a month, but I've had no problems at all. At least, all on air reports are good, and amp seems very happy. I usually drive it with 40 watts. 45 watts gives me a tad over 1000 watts out , but I don't push it that hard. Like Lee said, you'll love the the combination of radio and amp.

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Bob KU5J
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Lee,


Can you please give me the Amp adjustments setting from the radio menu. I want to make sure I have the correct settings so everything works like clockwork.


Thank You.


Julie

KC0TMD
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I'll email you a screen shot of the radio display tomorrow. It's very easy to set up. Once you have it where you want/need it you should save it as a Profile. Very easy to do as well.