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I want to get a few more swing watts fro my Galaxy 2517

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    I want to get a few more swing watts from my galaxy 2517

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If it is doing over 40watts i wouldn't mess with just a few more. if it has single rf final. 30w-40watts is normal. if dual rf final transistors then 40-60watts is normal. in the rf world.. to make a difference on a meter of another cb.. you would have to double your power to make any difference on the other end. yes 1 or 2watts will help dead key over someone.. but need to double if your doing 40w then you would need to get around 80w to make a difference on other end meter wise. then 160w, then 320, etc... in that fashion. thats not exact calculations but for normal everyday knowledge thats how a dB here or 2 dB is determined there is a formula for it..

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