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500,000 Watt Transmitter

Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by r carl, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
    Staff Member

    Apr 6, 2005
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    Not sure why people keep thinking I have lots of fire in the wire. Only amps I have are a 100 watt "10m" amp, an 80 watt 2m amp and a 1200 watt 6m amp. I did however maintain some big stuff in a previous career.


  2. nomadradio

    nomadradio Analog Retentive

    Apr 3, 2005
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    Biggest transmitter I was ever responsible for was a 20kW FM. The cheapskate station owner wouldn't spend the money to replace the meter that showed the driver tube's parameters. A tube failure had plastered the pointer around the right-hand peg. The chief engineer's revised procedure to tune the driver used a 2-foot fluorescent tube and a 15kV glove to hold it in one hand, while turning the driver's tuning controls with the other hand.

    Worked just fine.

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  3. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2016
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    Story goes that people that lived near WLW's transmitter could listen on barbed wire fence when they had the 500K fired up.
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  4. Slowmover

    Slowmover Elmer

    Feb 17, 2015
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    And a sustained case of St Vitus dance, as well.

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