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What is a pill?

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a pill is a transistor usally mentioned when talking about a linear, some have 2 pills, some have 4, but the transistors can be different power, so you could have one pill driving 2 larger pills, depends on how much you want to spend you could get a linear with alot of pills.
 

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A "pill" is slang for a transistor. A "100 watt pill" is a reference to the amount of output that transistor can produce.
Legal? I guess that's a matter of opinion and how the slang is used. Slang is just another name for something, it can be confusing, but I don't know about illegal. As for the power rating of a 'pill', that's just physics. Would a "100 watt pill" be legal for use with CB radio? If it's output power is limited to the regulation amount, there's nothing wrong with it. But, in most cases, sure, it would be illegal if ran at it's rated power level of 100 watts, and if it wasn't in the radio when it was approved for CB use, then it's a modification and illegal. Makes sense?
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I this an amount of power or something? Is 100 watts a pill? Explain if you can. Is this legal? Ron
Would you like the blue one....or the red one? :twisted:
(Hint) Neither will work on your cb.


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A pill is a term for transistors in CB amplifiers drummed up by an idiot. It would be similar to calling internal combustion engine pistons "turds" and my 5.7L V8 would then be an 8 turd.

Guess I shoulda got 4 turd for better gas mileage. Hey, how many turds ya got under your hood? I hear you can drill out them turd holes and put in bigger turds for more power. Yessir, I heard it on channel 3 so it must be true!
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A pill is a term for CB amplifiers drummed up by an idiot. It would be similar to calling pistons turds and my 5.7L V8 would then be an 8 turd.Guess I shoulda got 4 turd for better gas mileage.
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We used to call Pontiacs "Pawntickets" :p
 

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Seems like a reasonable nickname for something that looks like this...betcha other than the channel 6 "techs" might have called 'em that...
 

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It's not at all uncommon for folks to come up with one or two syllable words to use in place of bigger ones.

For example, antennas have been called "spikes" at least since I got in the business in the early 1970's.
 

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Well, I think the OP got his answer; I'm not sure why it's necessary to turn every thread that delves into possible illegal activities, such as was obvious here, into mud (or worse) slinging. I'm not sure if some of the posts were intended to insult the other people posting information to the thread or those that build RF amplifiers for use on the CB band, it sure could have been taken either way. I agree that the people in the business of building illegal RF amplifiers are wrong, but the direction taken in an attempt to express personal distaste for this activity borders on trolling...
 
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