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The first contest was the CQ WW DX CW contest.
I was eager to use the
"PA1B Fast and Accurate 40 dB Power Attenuator"
in a contest with a large activity.
In the first 5 QSO's were made with 3 watt to 400 mW.
After 5 QSO's the signals were getting stronger, so I could use the attenuator. With signals over S9, it was possible to make QSO's with a power of 72 mW and 36 dB.
The 18th QSO, with RM5A, was the first QSO below 10 mW with 7.2 mW. So this was very promising.
|YZ7Z - 1.8 mW RM5A - 7.2 mW|
An attenuation of 23 dB gives a power ratio of 1/200.
23 dB is 10 dB + 10 dB + 3 dB
The power ratio is 10 * 10 * 2 = 200
So the power is 360 mW / 200 = 1.8 milliwatts.
With one hand on the keyer and one hand on the switches of the attenuator, I can switch the power in a "milli"second. Now I never miss an opportunity to answer. hi.
Immediately after each QSO I note the power of the set and the position of the attenuator in dB.
Further I calculate and note the power.