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RM KL 203P Questions

Post by DevilDog66 » Thursday, 22 October 2015, 9:55 AM

Okay, here it goes....I am about to pull the trigger on an Italy RM KL 203P and was advised to tune my radio down to 2 watts and the amp will do 20w pep on SSB. however, I see on the specs of the 203p that it will do 100 watts with 10 watts of input. Why can't I leave my radio at the 5 1/2 that it is doing since it was peaked and tuned? The tech says it swings to about 6 1/2w, therefore I should be able to get out say 55-65 watts? Someone please HEEELP! :cry:
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by 1206FL » Thursday, 22 October 2015, 10:40 AM

First of all AM and SSB are 2 different modes of operation. AM requires a carrier, which with those amps can be anywhere from .25-2 watts dead key on AM and swinging to about 4-5 watts max. On SSB 12 watts should be fine for input to the radio. If your radio is doing 20 watts on SSB, that may be a bit much for the kl203. There is no carrier on SSB, just power when you modulate or inject a tone. If the radio has been "peaked and tuned" it is probably going to be too mug for the KL203. They don't require much input at all, and make sure your vswr readings are good as well. But mainly get the dead key set down and the pep wattage brought back down to about 6-8 watts pep. That is about all the amp needs for AM. Again, for SSB stock radio with 12 watts will work, if you can lower the power down a tad it might help with heat. And add a fan to the amp as well.

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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by silvereagle1 » Thursday, 22 October 2015, 14:45 PM

Like he said...
2 watts DK with around 8-12 swing on AM will be good
10-12 on SSB will give clean sound.

I run my 503 with just a little under 2watts on AM and swing around 10-12 watts.
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by DevilDog66 » Thursday, 22 October 2015, 15:10 PM

Thanks for the info fellas. I went ahead and got the KL 203P. I figured if I ever get an SSB radio I'll have an amp capable of SSB, but for right now its going to be used only on AM. It also has the pre-amp option which I figured will be usefull to pull in those distant signals or when I'm out on the interstate in BFE! I do have another question though, can I hook up the wires for the power to a 2 hole cig plug adapter so I can move the radio and amp from car to car?
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by silvereagle1 » Thursday, 22 October 2015, 19:33 PM

I wouldn't plug it into a lighter socket. Lighter socket not designed for the amperage the amp will draw. I'd run 10 gauge to the battery. You can try the socket just to see but I don't think you'll get enough juice for the amps full potential. I'm not sure what size wires are on the backside of that power socket or what size fuse is in the fuse box for it either. I'd say the wire is smaller than you need. I believe the 203 draws 10 -12 amps.
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by 543FtWorth » Friday, 23 October 2015, 5:47 AM

The 2 watt deadkey thing gets thrown around a lot. Most of the time it's close enough and is a good starting point. I'd still put a meter between the amp and antenna to see what's coming out of the amp. Running a big deadkey on AM makes heat and those little amps have a small heatsink. They rate it at 200 pep max so if it does 150 pep watts I'd run the deadkey out of the amp around 30 watts. Maybe less if it runs too hot.

Is the radio the midland you have on your profile? If it is I'm not familiar with them but what kind of watt meter was your tech using? The numbers you've posted sound like average wattage not PEP (peak envelope power). I can't imagine it keying 5 watts and swinging 6 pep. You would have very little audio and sound terrible.

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Post by DevilDog66 » Friday, 23 October 2015, 14:47 PM

543FtWorth wrote:The 2 watt deadkey thing gets thrown around a lot. Most of the time it's close enough and is a good starting point. I'd still put a meter between the amp and antenna to see what's coming out of the amp. Running a big deadkey on AM makes heat and those little amps have a small heatsink. They rate it at 200 pep max so if it does 150 pep watts I'd run the deadkey out of the amp around 30 watts. Maybe less if it runs too hot.

Is the radio the midland you have on your profile? If it is I'm not familiar with them but what kind of watt meter was your tech using? The numbers you've posted sound like average wattage not PEP (peak envelope power). I can't imagine it keying 5 watts and swinging 6 pep. You would have very little audio and sound terrible.
I'm not sure what kind of meter he was running, but I bet he probably meant average wattage. I agree with you, if it was swinging to 6 I would sound horrible. I haven't had anybody tell me that when I get radio checks. I also run a Cobra power mic set on 8. The radio 1001LWX is there compact version with WX channels.
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by MDYoungblood » Saturday, 24 October 2015, 7:45 AM

Dropping the DK will let that little amp live a longer life and the amount of watts that are lost is insignificant on the receiving end. If your using it behind the Midland you shouldn't have a problem, that is a single final radio like the Bearcat 880/980, don't have a tremendous amount of swing anyway.
I would not use the cigarette lighter socket, the circuit is really not designed for a continuous draw of amperage and you'll probably pick up loads of noise from it. Straight to the battery is always best, install a fuse at the battery positive lead before it goes through the firewall for safety.

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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by Scholar » Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 16:57 PM

I just received a KL 203P and installed it in my truck. Tuned my Bearcat 980SSB down to 1.5 watts dead key before putting everything together. I had already ran #10 wire from the battery to a power block for the radio so it was a simple matter of hooking the KL 203P into the power block. Works great and I am even talking skip with it.
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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by theglide » Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 18:05 PM

I have the same setup, 980SSB, KL-203P. When I lowered my AM deadkey under 2, the onboard diagnostics failed so I turned it back to 3. I don't use the amp for AM anyways. Lowered the SSB a bit though. Works good. Good sounding combo. I have a D104 handheld mic so I leave the radio mic gain at 2 and mic volume on mic at 4 when using the amp for a clean, clear sound. Great setup at a real good price! Ireland heard me the other day from my home in Florida. Too much traffic to converse.

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Re: RM KL 203P Questions

Post by DevilDog66 » Monday, 02 November 2015, 20:28 PM

Just posting an update.....got my KL 203P on Friday. Looks great! All blue with blue buttons. I think this is the latest model of the 203, most pics I've seen have red buttons with a blue or red case/heat sinks. Anyway, I'll have to wait till Wednesday to get to the local DX shop to have it installed. I think I'll have him put a quick disconnect power cord on it so I can move it from vehicle to vehicle. :cheers:
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Post by silvereagle1 » Wednesday, 04 November 2015, 15:31 PM

Quick disconnects are the way to go. I have my radios on a rack and have quick connects on everything.
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Post by MDYoungblood » Wednesday, 04 November 2015, 16:51 PM

silvereagle1 wrote:Quick disconnects are the way to go. I have my radios on a rack and have quick connects on everything.

I like Anderson Powerpole connectors, once you use them you'll never use anything else, the initial cost is the crimping tool but it will last forever.

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