Will 0-1W RF Output be possible for the future in the Tune Mode?

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I have a need to run the radio at less than 1W RF output while in the Tune Mode.  Building and testing a receiving loop antenna for 160M, I found that working here on my property the signal level is to strong even through a dummy load.  I have a friend 3 miles away, using his Flex at 1W was still to much signal for me.  I did not ask him to put a dummy load on yet. Other suggested ideas are welcome.

Kevin, Va3KGS

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Kevin Va3KGS

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Posted 9 months ago

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Bill W2PKY

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Try The Transverter port 34 mW out.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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This actually works. I have used XVTR out and had QSOs with local stations 2 miles away on ten meters with 55 - 59 reports, too. Of course this was using my LP at 38 ft.
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Great idea Bill.  I will give it a try over the next few days, and report back here.

Kevin

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HCampbell WB4IVF

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Or maybe use an antenna analyzer as a very low level signal generator?  Mu AIM-4170 generates a -17dBm signal which comes in handy at times.

Howard
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Its one tool I don't have in the shack.  I will ask around if the other suggestions don't work.

Thanks

Kevin

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Chris DL5NAM

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Or you try an attenuator with 3dB or 6dB or 10dB or.....

And the best :  you use them on RX and/or TX side at same time !

Chris DL5NAM
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Hi Chris.  Another great idea.  I do have a 6db pad I can use.  Looks like using this pad and going on transverter port if needed just might be my ticket.

Thanks

Kevin

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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No.  The PA's precision is 1W, not less.  Using the XVTR port or an attenuator on the ANT-x port is your only option
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Kevin Va3KGS

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Tnx Tim for responding.

Kevin

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Brad A. Steffler

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Thanks for the helpful information, Tim.

Brad
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ka7gzr

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A long length of transmission cable to a dummy load would be another suggestion.

Jim 

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Kevin Va3KGS

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Interesting concept Jim. 

Currently all of my long cables are already in use to the back yard, where my loop is placed at the moment. 

I'm going to work with a dummy load and a PAD from within the shack and see how things workout for me there.

Thanks

Kevin, Va3KGS