Re: QRP & Tuners


From: Clark Savage Turner WA3JPG (turner@safety.ICS.UCI.EDU)
Date: Mon Jan 01 1996 - 23:19:21 EST

> When I was a Novice my "Elmer" told me, only use a tuner as a last resort
> because they are too lossy.

Hi Don -

Pretty good advice when you can heed it. Better NOT to have the loss
to worry about....than to try to minimize it later. However, I have
always used a tuner on my antennas with QRP and still do very well.
In general, with a reasonably good tuner and efficient antenna you
will still put out power. I am most always in the situation where I
need to stick up one "invisible" antenna for all bands. I wonder what
the actual losses really are. I don't care about 1 or 2 db. After
3 db I start to shake. A 6 db loss would really upset me. I have
never looked carefully, but after I finish this darned degree I am
involved in, I will do that.


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