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Low output Low audio when hot

Cobra 29 classic can only get two watts output. Tweeted on L13 and 14...no improvement. SWR is 1.3 to 1. Also...when the radio get hot and the noise limiter is on the audio level drops to almost nothing. If I turn off the limiter....I have plenty of audio. Any sugestions

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Receive amps on a Linear's can cause this issue---the key question is what is the dead key wattage in the radio adjusted to?

You hook an amp up--jumper cable length between amp and radio is critical---the power output of radio is critical--put 4 watts into a 75 watt amp and it will be over driven-- The proper way here is with radio and amp hooked to a big dummy load adjust the radio wattage output so the radio keys up the amp and gives maximum forward swing on a watt meter. (in some cases as little as 1 watt output from radio)

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Hello candy_72_99,

Hello candy_72_99,

If I am correct what you are saying is that your radio has poor modulation? ok. First I need you to run two tests for me.

1) Power output Test: connect a power meter to the antenna jack and the other connector of the meter to the antenna, Key up the mic and record the power reading is should be 4W PEP or 36.02dbm

2) Then I want you to take an oscilloscope and put a 1khz tone in to the mic while measuring the RF output at 100% modulation the wave form should not clip.

If these two test are good then your modulation is ok. What I believe you are asking for is more power or better power efficiency.

Try to tune your antenna for 1:1.0 or 1:1.2 SWR with a SWR meter this should deliver the full power to your antenna.

I hope this helps

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