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In this paper we evaluate the application of convex optimization for PAPR reduction on OFDM 802.11a signal type. A radio frequency power amplifier is measured and characterized while excited by both original and optimized OFDM signals. A state-of-art test setup was used for the purpose. Figure of merits such as power added efficiency, in-band errors, and out-of-band spectral emissions are investigated for their relevance and a study of the power distribution in the excitation signal is evaluated.