Two Minute Read
So recently I had a vision! Why do I need an HF amplifier?– I was re-arranging the shack and I decided… “Man it would reduce a lot of clutter and operational stress to just get rid of my main amplifier”. The Acom 2100! So I wiped it down nice and clean, took sales photos and packed it up neatly ready for sale. But then I couldn’t place the Ad on QRZ. My brain wouldn’t let me.– Still I decided to operate my radios barefoot.
And guess what? It’s fun and more enjoyable than I thought it would be. You might say it offers a bit of an operational challenge as well. And hey! Man, it is far more relaxing. Here’s a few reasons:
- No worries about which antenna I’m on.
- No Tuning delays
- No checking Power and ALC drive Levels.
- No checking: am I in Stand-by or Operate??
- With an HF Transceiver only– Auto Tune, Key up and go!!!
- Do I care what my Plate Current is? NO
- My Xformer Voltage? NO
- Screen Current? NO
- Reflected Power on the AMP ? No (The Acom 2100 will continue to operate with 300 watts PLUS of Reflected Power )
- Oh wait! I didn’t change the band selector on the Amp!!!
- (Which I”ve done 3 Times in two years. The Acom 2100 has extensive error protection. Key up on 20meters but the Band switch is on 40? No problem The amp will not fire up!!!)
- Yes, I will be unable to work some stations at the reduced power level. Or worse, with QSB my signal will drift in and out of intelligibility!
- Do I care?
Yes I still have BOTH Amps. No, I haven’t sold. YET. I could change my mind.
HF Amps are fun. But I’m moving on. I like the No amp configuration. It’s way more Plug n Play. Will I resurrect one of my amps? Maybe, but I am surprised by how enjoyable it’s been to operate sans amplifier.