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PostSubject: Wattage Distance?   Wattage Distance? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 12:23 am

I’ve been checking out a few videos and I came across one about a CRT 2000 which states you can change the wattage from the usual 4 watt, up to 40 watt.

My question is, how far would you get on 4 watts compared to 40 watts? Or is the wattage not about distance? 

I know it’s a bit of a noob question, but it’s been so long since I had a rig I’ve forgotten most of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Wattage Distance?   Wattage Distance? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 6:47 am

TBH mate that's like asking how long is a but of string lol, it all depends on antenna your using ,your location there the main things ,if your homebase with the antenna the old saying is "hight is might " basically get it as high as you can within reason of where you live, I dont know what your home is that's the first thing then with being homebase you will 9 times out of 10 get interference from other electronic devices around ie: WiFi routers, LED lights ,and numerous other things which you will find out about so that cuts down on your transmissions, so taking all this in mind as I said it's like asking how long is a bit of string it all depends on conditions, I've known people who have used 100watts and another using only 12watts and the guy using 100w is not reaching the a breaker 30mile away where the guy using 12w can it's all down to conditions and mainly your equipment your using ie: antenna, its basically the same with going mobile too.

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PostSubject: Re: Wattage Distance?   Wattage Distance? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 11:12 am

Martin, (Nubster), has gotten it pretty much spot on mate.

You could do all the maths, or rely on experience......some of us old farts have got our fair share Wink


40 watts, rubbish coax, poorly setup antenna, buried in a city at the bottom of a valley....

4 watts, running mobile in a car, perfect SWR, sat atop a 800ft hill....


The second setup will win every time, (and why a lot still run mobile Smile)

So yeah, pretty much "More watts Igor!" doesn't always help.


But that's the fun of radio, learning all this stuff.
Unlock your high power should you wish, (I'm pretty sure it's only the CRT2000H model that can do the higher power? Sure that's what the 'H' is all about but may be wrong), and see how you fare.

Never consider anything a 'noob' question either, all questions are good. How else would we learn?


All the best,
Victor

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PostSubject: Re: Wattage Distance?   Wattage Distance? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 1:15 pm

As our Victor say's it is the H version that does 40w but that is only 12v not the 12/24v version that one does 15w max i think.

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PostSubject: Re: Wattage Distance?   Wattage Distance? Icon_minitimeWed Nov 04, 2020 1:28 pm

Cheers Guys, I'm feeling like a fish out of water at the moment, but I'm sure I'll get there.

I'm just look at a set up now, so fingers crossed I should have something soon.
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