I finally got the audio setup on the new rig for some preliminary tests on the air. I used a dummy load to first set the audio level such that my ALC was close to, but not exceeding 50%. Then, I went into the compression setting and tweaked that such that the meter deflected between 10 and 20 dB.
There’s a contest on today so I thought – what the heck, call out to a DX station. I made contact with SG8X in Sweden, about 4,000 miles from here. Not bad. Of course, there was no time to ask for an audio check.