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3-500Z Home Brew problem almost solved and I need ideas.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by KM6CND, Jul 21, 2018.

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  1. W1QJ

    W1QJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not sure if this was the thread where the amp had a meter called "Cathode Current". Whenever you see an older home brew amp with a meter labeled cathode current that is because the meter is reading cathode current and NOT plate current. Here is the rub on this. If you are home brewing a grounded grid amp and I do mean solidly grounding the grids not floating them on resistors. Many old timers who built home brew amps wanted to solidly ground the grids but if they did NOT raise the B- off chassis ground you could not meter grid current. You either have to float the grids on resistors or raise the B- above ground. I'd assume this amp had the B- grounded to the chassis.
     
  2. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    That's why I was suggesting several pages ago that the OP draw a wiring diagram. The next suggestion would have been to maybe make a slight wiring change to put in a shunt and multiplier and turn that meter into a Ig meter.

    Just a little change could really clear things up with that amp. :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018
  3. AF7XT

    AF7XT Ham Member QRZ Page

    so...
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    Just for conversation's sake ;)
    Thanks to W8JI
     
  4. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Exactly. :p
     

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