for shame for even thinking of going QRO!!!).
Claude: Quite possibly you are joking. I don't know. The reason I prefaced my initial post the way I did was because I've found that QRP operators are without a doubt the most militant group in ham radio! When I posted I expected sticks and stones to be thrown but I also believed that among this group there are reasonable people who enjoys the overall hobby as I do.
With that being said, I'd like to point out that I've tried to involve myself in as many facets of ham radio that I can afford. This includes satellite, VHF, FM, SSB, CW, digital, QRO and QRP.
My first and foremost love of ham radio is building.....homebrewing. That has now included a solid state amplifier that puts out 40w with 2w drive. This has been a fun and rewarding project. Rewarding because it has introduced me into the world of solid state amplifiers, ugly constructions which is a first for me and has continued to help keep me away from the court house feeding pigeons!
No doubt I can eventually come up with a circuit that will key my little amplifier. Actually, I built one a few years ago that was written up in QST that used RF keying to initiate a countdown timer for repeaters.
But, I'm looking for a better solution. Why should I try to reinvent the wheel when there is no doubt a better circuit available for replication? That way I can continue building instead of experimenting.
Al - K8AXW