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KD4TVB
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« on: August 24, 2013, 11:37:34 AM »

Hi Everyone,

I have a FT-840 and have been looking at getting an 811H amp.
I asked gigaparts what my radio output should be to run the 811H and they said 60 watts.
Does anyone know how to turn the output power down on the FT-840?


Thanks,
Charles,
KD4TVB,

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AD6KA
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 01:18:53 PM »

The bottom left set of concentric knobs are for
Mic Gain and RF Power, and are marked as such.
The RF Power control is the "rear" concentric knob
and is silverish in color.
Hope this helps.

These are very nice radios for their price range.
I had one once as a backup portable rig but sold it.
Have been kicking myself ever since.
(Seems I eventually kick myself for *everything* that I sell, hihi!) Grin
GL ES 73, Ken  AD6KA
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KD4TVB
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 04:50:45 PM »

The bottom left set of concentric knobs are for
Mic Gain and RF Power, and are marked as such.
The RF Power control is the "rear" concentric knob
and is silverish in color.
Hope this helps.

These are very nice radios for their price range.
I had one once as a backup portable rig but sold it.
Have been kicking myself ever since.
(Seems I eventually kick myself for *everything* that I sell, hihi!) Grin
GL ES 73, Ken  AD6KA
Thanks so much Ken lol I can't believe I did not remember that knob.
I have not adjusted it in several years lol.
I am happy I don't have to go into the radio to turn back the RF power.
Do you run a amp?


Thanks,
Charles,
KD4TVB,
ncphotos@gmail.com,
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AC4RD
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 09:24:00 AM »

These are very nice radios for their price range.
I had one once as a backup portable rig but sold it.
Have been kicking myself ever since.

The 840 was my first modern HF rig (after years using an old Griefkit) and I am still kicking myself for selling it instead of keeping it as a backup.  Smiley
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AD6KA
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2013, 03:23:21 PM »

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Thanks so much Ken lol I can't believe I did not remember that knob.
I have not adjusted it in several years lol.
Do you run a amp?

Thanks Charles, sorry for the late reply.

Yes, I do have an amp, a 25+ year old Ameritron AL80A (which I like very much)
but it is in need of repair beyond my abilities. Both my wife and I are on a fixed income,
SS Disability, and every time I/we save up enough "mad money" for such things
as ham gear repairs, something rears it's ugly head, like having to buy
a new hot water heater!  Grin Oh well, such is life. Ham radio IS only a hobby after all.....

I don't know what your $$ situation is, but if you can wait and save up
for an AL80B instead of the AL811H, I would do so. I think in the long run it
is a better value, with more power, a very rugged tube, and practically bullet proof.
I am not "putting down" the AL811H, just giving a personal opinion.

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I am happy I don't have to go into the radio to turn back the RF power.
I hear ya there buddy. I used to have an Icom IC-706MkIIG.
Decent enough radio, but I hated all those menus and sub menus.
Gimme a damn knob any day!

Good luck building your station and with whichever amp you chose!
73 ES God Bless, Ken  AD6KA
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