Monday, April 9, 2012

Which is better - 50 watts at 100 feet or 100 watts at 50 feet?

As many of our readers know, we have long been opposed to high powered repeaters (i.e. 100 watts or more).  Some have erroneously concluded that this reluctance was because we may be in an unfavorable competitive position (which is understandable). 

The fact is that our objections are founded on doing the best thing for those we serve and those who may be impacted by the capricious use of over powered transmitters.  

We recently received an inquiry from a broadcast engineer who also happened to be an amateur radio operator.  They were planning to add a repeater, and specifically asked for a quote on a VHF 100 watt  Motorola MTR5000.  We responded with our typical answer of we don't want to do that.  There is a better alternative.

We thought you might be interested in the reasons for our position and the surprising and affordable alternatives.  We DO offer 100 watt repeaters, even 110 watts if you prefer, with performance and features undreamed of just a few years ago.  Better yet, we'll give you an option of analog, analog plus DMR digital, analog plus NXDN digital, or even analog with P25 upgradeability.  Complete information is available by clicking here.  Or if you prefer, just drop us an email to or give us a call at 800.489.2611.