01-16-2010, 03:28 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Silicon Valley CA, Storm Lake IA
Originally Posted by packrat
I would have to agree that getting a radio from the manufacturer when they know where it is going would likely be a mistake. They will make sure that one is 100+%. All manufacturers do that. Cars, boats, etc. are built using the best parts and practices special for demo and testing purposes so they are sure to get good reviews. If you were to get one off the shelf, it would not have the extraordinary care put into the construction and tuning that a specially prepped rig would, and therefore provide a more realistic result.
Doesn't the shop or internet dealer when one buys a radio from them do the same thing when they tune it up? Of course! One can be sure they will extract every watt possible - regardless of it is full of 1st and 2nd harmonics if requested. But tweaking it that high can speed the process of burning the finals or regulator up. Tuning any radio involves a finite number of adjustment points available for a tech to diddle with. Not all shops will tune a radio to be fully maxxed out; unless the customer specifically requests it.
RF Limited's Sam Lewis insisted that it would be up to design specs; not peaked to the point of going down in flames. They aren't going to make it a 'special edition' to impress me and fool potential customers. Sam insisted that I be as honest and upright about my personal findings as possible. And I willingly agreed to that. It is fair for the customer, the reviewer, and the mfr to do it just this way. Fair is having the right info
to those interested. Not pulling any punches here; it would undermine the entire process...
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