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Re: forward power problem on ham radio
Originally Posted by Anhinga
We are General licensed Amateur Hams with our first Marine HF radio on
our sailboat. We are not new to receiving, just the transmitting. Our Fort Myers ham club really doesn't have members that is helpful or knowledgeable with our installation on our sailboat. We are hoping to get advice from other sailors.
We have an IC-706MKIIG, my husband has set up our back stay of 33 ft for our HF antennae. We have a separate antennae for VHF/UHF transmission. He has layed out copper grounding strap through out the boat.
Here's our problem. We don't seem to have enough forward power, we
were thinking that we needed more grounding and we finally got a
forward power of 11 watts when trying to transmit on the 40 meter
band. How do we get enough forward power to light off the
intellituner? We tried to transmit to water way net but they could
not hear us.
Any advice, or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. We are located
in Fort Myers Beach, and planning a Bahamas trip in 3 weeks!
KK4MPC aboard Anhinga
Is Anhinga an Allied 39 ketch you bought from Don Rich?
How are you measuring forward power? Remember that in USB or LSB you only get power out when there is a modulating signal, like whistling into the microphone. It's easier to put the radio in CW and key it for full power output.
Describe your measurement process and we can help you better.
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