However, there ARE times when it's handy to have a station running some power, like when the fellow you have a sked with , lives in a city, possibly in an apartment, and local electrical noise is high, so it HELPS him if he can have a more powerful signal to receive through the noise. The great thing though is tht you do NOT need to buy a BIG rig for power and then use your great QRP rigs onyl when it's easy. I just built a 140 Watt amplifier, from kitted components bought from Communications Concepts Inc. This is not a kit, in that you do not have detailed instructions. There is a quick 'cheat sheet' and the manufacturers' application notes to build it by. However, I just fired it up on ONLY 20 meters tonight and yes - it is absolutely working! Listening on internet web receiver, I gain roughly two to 2 1/2 S-units on a distant receiver. That makes a huge difference when there is noise. I plan to make the other output filter modules for other bands and then put it all into a metal box for easy use. However, this means that my QRP rigs, with their fine receivers and etc. now become my 'Big Rig'! It's THRIFTY too!
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