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Author Topic: Possibly a Stupid Question.  (Read 1875 times)
KG9SF
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« on: November 13, 2014, 04:55:19 PM »

FCC limits us to a maximum RF output power of 1500 watts PEP.

Yes, I realize we are required to use the minimum power needed to maintain the desired communication.

That said, is it legal to run 1500 watts output on CW with the key down?  I think the answer is yes. If I'm wrong here, please straighten me out.

Thanks.
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 06:31:54 PM »

No, it's not stupid.

Yes, it's legal.

With CW, FM, RTTY it's easy to measure PEP.  With SSB and AM the headaches begin.  Wink
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N3DT
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 07:27:24 PM »

Only stupid question is the unasked one.
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N7SMI
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2014, 08:14:13 AM »

That said, is it legal to run 1500 watts output on CW with the key down?

Yes, it's legal. Is it legal to run 1500 watts output on CW to ragchew with a guy across town (or the state? or the country?) when 10 watts would easily make the trip?
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KE6EE
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2014, 08:29:00 AM »

Is it legal to run 1500 watts output on CW to ragchew with a guy across town (or the state? or the country?) when 10 watts would easily make the trip?

It's not illegal!  Grin
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K7KBN
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 03:17:03 PM »

You'll probably say that what the power company charges you is a crime...
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2014, 07:03:32 PM »

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the minimum power needed to maintain the desired communication.
And the desire is to communicate across town with 1.5KW so...

The point being that the regulation is vague so has little value as a regulation.
It probably has never even once been enforced.
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