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If you had 1600.00 to spend on an amp which would you pick

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by KI5AAI, Aug 25, 2018.

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  1. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Or clean a lint filter. :eek:
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  2. NQ1B

    NQ1B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like it here! It's great to live on the side of a (small) mountain, listen to wildlife at night instead of traffic, and have room for a nice garden and a pretty solid radio station. But I'm not a city-dweller by nature. I grew up on acreage a couple of miles outside of a town of 1,500 people, where the tallest building in town was the feed mill.
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  3. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    You have received some great advise. I have had several amps from several manufacturers, tube and solid state. IMO go with an Ameritron offering. They have a great service department and very friendly folks to talk too. Do not invest in an amp that has no support, -Ten Tec etc...

    If you are running a solid state station, go soild state amp. Very user friendly.

    Into boat anchors, go 3-500z.
  4. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    NO! I have researched this a few times. The main Tech at Ameritron told me it was not worth it.
  5. KI5AAI

    KI5AAI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I ended up getting the AL-80B and did not get the GOP. I looked at how it worked and felt it would not be worth the effort nor 35 bucks to get it.

    I love the AL-80B so far. Still getting use to tuning it. Any advice from people here would be welcomed. But I am heard now into the EU and can break through pile ups pretty quick.
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  6. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Follow the instructions in the manual. ;)

  7. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'd get a Heathkit SB-220, update and mod it, and then have 1200 bucks left for a new radio!
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  8. WB2WIK

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    Big job to put it on 160 meters, though.
  9. G3YRO

    G3YRO Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's why you get a TL-922 (like I did) !

    Roger G3YRO
  10. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

    I almost bought the 500 watt Ameritron solid state amp. Many ARO's have said in one way or another "the first 500 watts are all that matters". I planned to use it the car and at home, until I realized I would need an 80 amp power supply for the shack. These days, I don't spend much time in the car.

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