Ameritron Amplifier Advice

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by VE2GCE, Mar 28, 2019.

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  1. VE2GCE

    VE2GCE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am considering buying an Ameritron amplifier.
    Price is not a differentiator for me, but overall quality, tube longevity, and ease of use are factors for me.

    I am considering the following amps:
    1) AL811HX (4 x 811) 800 watts
    2) AL811HDX (4 x 872) 800 watts
    3) AL80BX (3-500Z) 1000 watts

    I like to hear feedback from people who have had experience with one or more these amplifiers.

    Tino, VE2GCE
     
  2. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    That would be my choice.

    Check for loose screws on anything that you buy. Nothing a nut driver and soldering iron can not fix.

    Look when you install the tubes. Before the first smoke test.

    Enjoy.
     
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  3. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    AL-80B (the "X" only denotes it's an "export" version...it's still an AL-80B) is by far better than the other two models.

    However, it's also physically larger and heavier, if that makes a difference to you.
     
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  4. K1LKP

    K1LKP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    HELLO TINO,

    WB2WIK IS CORRECT

    TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS:


    but overall quality, tube longevity, and ease of use are factors for me.

    ALL OF THE AMPS THAT YOU MENTIONED ARE FB REGARDING QUALITY.

    AS FOR TUBE LONGEVITY, THAT WILL DEPEND HOW WELL YOU TAKE
    CARE OF THE AMP. IF YOU CONSTANTLY RUN IT AT FULL BLAST THEN
    YOU WILL SHORTEN THE LIFE OF THE TUBES.

    ALSO, THE ROOM AMBIENT TEMPERATURE WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
    AS TO HOW LONG THE TUBES WILL LAST.
    YOU MUST PROVIDE FOR AIR CONDITIONING DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

    BE SURE NOT TO PLACE THE AMPLIFIER IN A LOCATION WHERE IT IS ENTRAPPED.
    VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOOD AIR FLOW AROUND THE AMP.

    OK......... IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR EASE OF USE, I RECOMMEND YOU STICK WITH
    A SOLID STATE AMPLIFIER.

    HAVE FUN WITH HAM RADIO.

    WHEN TIME ALLOWS LOOK UP THE FOLLOWING CALL SIGN

    W1RJZ


    WARREN AND BILL
    HAVE

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  5. VE2GCE

    VE2GCE Ham Member QRZ Page

    From what I understood, the "X" versions are not available in the United States because of concern of illicit 11 meter operation,
    but the"X" versions are available in Canada. Ameritron does make 10/12 meter mod kits available for a very low price to convert non-"X" to "X" amps.

    I think the"X" factor explains why there is 4-6 week lead time when you order most Ameritron amplifiers into Canada.
     
  6. VE2GCE

    VE2GCE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Carmen, I do know W1RJZ, but I never knew he was a ham operator
    New members to the tribe are always welcomed. :)
    I knew he was in Massachusetts for the last few years, but I did not know he moved to Alabama.
     
  7. N7WR

    N7WR Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've owned/used the all. The AL 80 B is the best of the 3 choices. You don;t have to wait for the "X" model. Buy the regular one. The conversion for 10 meters is easy
     
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  8. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    ^I sure agree. Distributors/dealers usually "stock" the AL-80B, so I wouldn't order one from the factory; going through a dealer will likely save money as they usually sell at a lower price than the factory, and the shipping may cost less as well.
     
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  9. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Of the choices you presented, get an Al-80B or don't bother getting an amp.
     
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  10. WL7PM

    WL7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    IF an AL-80B is one of your choices, then the AL-80B IS the right choice.
    For any mid-sized (ie, less than Kilowatt ) TUBE amplifier, the solitary 3-500Z is by far the best choice, for durability, availability, EASE OF USE, and price.
    .
    Put it this way, if I had to sell all of my amplifiers except ONE, I would definitely keep the AL80B.
     

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