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How to measure SSB power output properly on a TS590

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Published on Mar 25, 2012

This is in response to all the people who claim that the TS590 has low power output on SSB, typically around 70W. It was done on a TS590 using the standard mike into a resonant 10m vertical with SWR of 1:1 just to show it outputting full power connected to an antenna and not just a dummy load. Results are the same on all the other HF bands.

As I've mentioned in many forum posts, they are seeing this BECAUSE THEY ARE USING THE WRONG POWER METER. If you don't use a decent power meter with a PEP HOLD function, you might as well be pissing in the wind trying to get an accurate idea of what the power output of your radio is on SSB. A standard cross needle meter or Avair 200/400/600 and variants are not sufficient.

Just because the power meter on the radio isn't hammering on the 100W reading like my Icom 7000 does and my former Yaesu FT950 did does not mean the radio is putting out less than 100W.

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