By Jason Kovatch, AR Modular RF
You need an RF power amplifier. You have measured the power of your signal and it is not enough. You may even have decided on a power level in Watts that you think will meet your needs. Are you ready to shop for an amplifier of that wattage? With so many variations in price, size, and efficiency for amplifiers that are all rated at the same number of Watts many RF amplifier purchasers are unhappy with their selection. Some of the unfortunate results of amplifier selection by Watts include: unacceptable distortion or interference, insufficient gain, premature amplifier failure, and wasted money. Following these 5 steps will help you avoid these mistakes.
Step 1 - Know Your Signal
Step 2 – Do the Math
Step 3 - Window Shopping
Step 4 - Compare Apples to Apples
Step 5 – Shopping for Bells and Whistles